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.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Vera says:

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

  2. Rita says:

    A stick of butter is equal to four 4 ounces or 114 gms (approx).

    Here is a handy calculator site:

  3. Sandhya says:

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

  4. Rita says:

    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.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Baking at 250 C or F?

  6. Rita says:

    250 Farenheit

  7. Zaraius says:

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

  8. Rita says:

    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

  9. Meher says:

    Rita, if I don’t have double acting baking powder, can I replace plain flour/1tsp double acting baking powder with self raising flour/1 tsp normal baking powder? Thanks

  10. Rita says:

    Meher, sure do replace plain flour/1tsp double acting baking powder with self raising flour/ 3/4 tsp normal baking powder. Self raising flour has some baking power so use 3/4 tsp double acting baking powder.

    Let me know how they turn out.

  11. Megala says:

    Lovely biscuits! These look so cute & delicious.

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