An experience – Thyme, Black Pepper Sweet Cookie


Today, I have greatest respect for chefs in the restaurants. Managing different counters, sue chefs, maintaing food quality and moreover to satisfy the customer isn’t a cake walk. I learnt it from my experience in an evening.  After heavy planning and analysing I zeroed to jal jeera, papad with tomato salsa for starters, tadka dhal with rice, naan with butter chicken, vegetable korma, tandoori chicken with mint dip and mango lassi as main course. For dessert we had carrot(gajar) halwa and semolina (shoji)halwa.


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We formed six groups and each group was assigned two recipe with a combination of an easy and a tough one. As soon people got in the field, i started moving from one counter to other, answering there queries, checking there progress and tasting the food. It was just wonderful to see them reading the instructions so carefully  and executing every step with so much dedication. carrot halwa went annoying for very long time because of the carrots, butter chicken turned fantastic with sweetness with touch of heat, vegetable korma was just so perfect. Amusment in people eyes was priceless when papads was fried, naan was best part of the whole evening, yeast didn’t play good, so the naan was in different texture, shape and size but still manageable. The most hilarious part was the gal jeera, the flavour and taste was too strong for those who were trying for the first but, for the ones who were accustomed to indian food were ok with it. When i saw people enjoying every morsel of food with no left over brought the greatest joy. Overall, it was a fantastic evening to remember with a learning experience.



This cookie was an successful outcome of a sudden experiment in my kitchen. Though i love to see herbs growing beautifully, sometime it stress me on what to do with over grown herbs? Initially i tried a savoury cookie, it was unsuccessful,  after tweaking a bit this cookie was created. Sweet cookie, with subtle thyme, lemon flavour and hidden charming black  pepper was totally a great combination! We and folks at work love it…why not try it for your evening tea time?



An experience – Thyme Black Pepper Cookie

Yield: 20 to 25 cookies

An experience – Thyme Black Pepper Cookie


  • Wheat flour - 50 gram
  • Corn flour - 30 gram
  • Sugar - 50 gram
  • Butter - 40 gram
  • Thyme - 1/2 tbspn (leaves removed from the steam, if needed chop them finely)
  • Crushed black pepper - 1/4 tspn
  • Lemon zest - 1/4 tspn
  • Water - 1 tbspn


  • Mix all the dry ingredients (wheat flour, corn flour, sugar).
  • Then add in thyme leaves, lemon zest and crushed black pepper to dry ingredients.
  • Slowly kneed in the butter and water to dry ingredients to form a soft dough.
  • On a clean, flat surface roll the dough in the shape of logs.
  • Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 170 C
  • Unwrap dough and slice the cookie log.
  • Place the cookie dough slices on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or just until the edges turn slightly golden.


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