Food: a spin on biscotti [bangladeshi goja]
I have a love affair with snacks that go with tea time. In the Eastern hemisphere having tea in the afternoon is a must. And this means not only tea but tea+snacks. Biscotti is a perfect pairing with tea since it is mildly sweet. There are so many types of biscotti's that it is overwhelming. I can closely associate "goja" - a Bangladeshi sweet snack with a variation of biscotti. Although this recipe is not exactly a traditional "goja" - you know me - this is most certainly a healthier option.
Have I mentioned that these are baked? Yes! Usually "goja" is deep fried and then coated in sugar crystals. I did sprinkle some sugar but to substitute the coated sugar I made a sweet tangy yogurt dip to go with it. I also added whole wheat flour with regular flour and some flaxseed as you will discover in the recipe. Remember, all my ingredients are optional. If you want to make this with white flour all together, please be my guest :D
Ingredients for biscotti [goja],
1.5 cup white flour :: 1.5 cup whole wheat flour :: 2 tbsp nigella seeds/kalo jeera/kalonji
3/4 cup canola oil :: 2 tsp salt :: 1/2 cup sugar + for sprinkling :: 1 tsp baking soda
1 cup water lukewarm :: 1/2 cup flaxseed
The flaxseed does not add or subtract to the flavor so feel free to opt it out. Its a super fiber with lots and lots of health benefits. I try to add it to baked goods for some nutrition. Nigella seeds are also super healthy and also adds a nutty flavor when baked.
Ingredients for creamy yogurt dip,
1 cup greek yogurt :: 1/3 cup agave nectar :: pinch of salt
juice of 1/2 a lime :: lime rinds for sprinkling
The agave nectar can be substituted with honey or regular sugar. Adjust the sweet and the sourness to your liking.
Take the dry ingredients and mix them together. Then add the oil and mix it in with the dry ingredients. Add the water and knead the dough. I used my hands but a mixer or processor would do just fine.
Take handfull of dough and make a small patty. Then roll it into a bigger circle like a tortilla but it will be pretty thick.
Place a few drops of oil in the center of the thick tortilla. Then spread it around all over with your fingers.
Then fold in the other sides. This will make a small square. The purpose of this fold is to be able to form a large square to make sure all the biscotti [goja] pieces are the same size. Also the oil in between adds more crispiness.
Rollout the small square into a larger square. Be careful of the thickness. This thickness will determine how thick your biscotti will be. Also remember that when baked they will rise a little bit.
Take a large baking tray and spray with cooking oil. Layer the biscotti [goja] and then bake at 400 degrees for 10 mins.
After 10 mins, take them out and flip every single one of them. Spray on top of the biscotti's with cooking oil. Then sprinkle some sugar over them. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for another 10 mins. And done! Dip warm biscotti's [goja] in the cool creamy yogurt dip. Bon appétit!