Rose Cookies, Achappam

Rose Cookies

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Rose Cookies are not cookies in the real sense, but are so called because they look like dainty roses. This traditional snack is believed to be of Anglo-Indian origin, and is made commonly during Christmas time.

It is made by coating a cinnamon-flavoured, mildly-sweet plain flour batter on a rose-shaped mould and deep-frying till crisp. The cookies are then dusted with powdered sugar, which gives them an additional appeal, both in terms of appearance and taste.

These Rose Cookies can also be stored in an airtight container but make sure you cool them completely before storing, and do not sprinkle sugar till the time of serving, because if you sprinkle sugar and store, it will release water and make the cookies soggy.

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Rose Cookies, Achappam recipe - How to make Rose Cookies, Achappam

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 25 cookies (25 cookie )
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1 cup plain flour (maida)
4 tsp cornflour
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon (dalchini) powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
oil for deep frying
1 tbsp powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Combine the plain flour, cornflour, sugar, cinnamon powder and baking soda in a deep bowl and mix well.
  2. Add approx. 3/4 cup of water gradually, mix well and whisk well to make a smooth batter of coating consistency.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan very well.
  4. Dip the rose cookie mould in the hot oil. And allow it to heat up for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the rose cookie mould from the oil and dip half mould into the batter taking care that the mould is evenly coated with the batter.
  6. Dip the mould again in the hot oil and as the cookie cooks, loosen the cookies slightly using a fork and deep-fry till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  7. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  8. Repeat steps 4 to 7 to make 24 more cookies.
  9. Just before serving, dust the cookies with the powdered sugar evenly and serve immediately.

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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per cookie
Energy48 cal
Protein0.6 g
Carbohydrates5.8 g
Fiber0.1 g
Fat2.5 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium0.4 mg

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Rose Cookies, Achappam
 on 05 Dec 18 05:56 AM

Rose cookie is not originally an Anglo indian recipe. Keralites make this with very different ingredients which had been modified over the years buy other communities who have made this their own.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Preeti, Thanks for that piece of information. Do try the recipe and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
05 Dec 18 08:44 AM
Rose Cookies, Achappam
 on 28 Aug 16 09:37 PM

Hi I would to try this recipe but we can not get Metal rose in UK any other suggestions please Thanks Lata
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Lata, you can try using any other shape metal cookie mould.. which will be available in any utensils shop..
29 Aug 16 12:19 PM
Rose Cookies, Achappam
 on 31 Jul 16 04:34 AM

Unfortunately, ,, the real achappams are made with rice flour and coconut milk with added sugar and sesame seeds. Maida is not used by Christians in kerala..also no baking soda
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Sonia, you are right.. but this a quick and instant method of making it and also a variation..
01 Aug 16 09:03 AM
Rose Cookies, Achappam
 on 29 Jul 16 04:12 PM

Wow.. these rose cookies are just so so crunchy.. I read the recipe.. and hunted for the mould.. I found this mould in a utensils shop.. And made this recipe.. and it turned out so good.. it was just over within 1 hour.. a hit recipe in mu house..