Batasa a favorite biscuit snack. Good with Tea or Coffee anytime!

Batasa* Recipe:


2 cups all purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter or margarine
1/2 to 1 tsp salt (to your taste)
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp double acting baking powder
1 tsp caraway seeds
1/2 cup warm water


Mix all of the above ingredients to form a ball of dough. Allow to stand for 15 to 30 minutes.

Roll into small balls and lay them on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, then at 200 degrees for 3 hours.

Now turn off the oven and leave batasa in the hot oven for another 3 hours. Remove from oven and cool, store only when completely cold.

Batasa are very good with hot tea/coffee. The best way is to dunk the batasa into the hot tea, immediately remove and pop into your mouth!

Tip: The balls should be round when placed in the oven. While baking they will flatten slightly on the bottom as shown in the photo.

This is a recipe from my cookbook.

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These are Original Recipes of the Parsi way of cooking in India. You will find a unique blend of spices, that makes the food very appetizing, nutritious and wholesome. Vegetables, Meats and Dairy products are the foundation. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cardamon, Rosewater etc, flavor the food and remind us of the sweetness of life. Curry Powder, Ginger, Garlic, etc add the zest! Happy Cooking and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Rita has published several cookbooks on Amazon.com Parsi Cuisine Cookbooks by Mrs. Rita Jamshed Kapadia 1. Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century 2. Parsi Indian Kitchen 3. Vividh Vani (re-print in Gujarati) 4. Pickles, Chutney, Masala and Preserves 5. Meats, Seafoods, Desserts, Dhansak, Vegetarian Delights 6. Treasured Grandmother's Recipes: Zoroastrian Parsi Celebrations and Ceremonies

10 thoughts on “Batasa a favorite biscuit snack. Good with Tea or Coffee anytime!

  1. Hi Zaraius, This recipe makes approx 2 dozen batasas. 24 to 29 Depending on the size of the balls you make. The cook gets to taste some, after the 2 dozen are made. 🙂

    Have a good time making Batasas and do send a picture to us at webmaster@Parsicuisine.com

  2. Hello…. How many Batasas does this recipe make approximately…. Thank you so Much for the recipe…

  3. Sandhya, yes there are made with butter, so maybe that’s why they are called butter.

    The content of butter makes them a good anti-constipating food! Batasa very popular in Mumbai, Surat.

    The bakeries bake them by the millions and they are a MUST for breakfast in the morning for some people.

  4. These are my favorite. We also called them butter for some reason. Yummy by any name!

  5. What is a stick of butter? It would be better if you could give us the value in gms. as per the Indian standard.


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