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Sifted all purpose flour - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1/8 tsp
Confectioners' sugar - 1/2 cup
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/8 tsp
clove powder - 1/8 tsp
Nutmeg powder - 1/8 tsp
Filberts - 1/2 cup (grated)
Grated lemon peel - 1 tsp
Butter - 6 tbsp (chilled)


  • Sift flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and spices together; mix in the filberts and lemon peel.
  • Cut in butter until mixture becomes a soft dough.
  • Cut off small pieces of dough and press into lightly greased fancy 1 1/4"* 1 1/4" cookie forms, or half fill lightly greased sandbakelser molds with dough. Set molds on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 375 F for 10 minutes.
  • Cool about 2 minutes on wire rack. With the point of knife, loosen cookies from molds; invert onto racks.
  • Sift vanilla confectioners' sugar over cookies. 

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Dondakaya Masala (Gherkins Masala) curry

Dondakayalu - 250gms
Onions - 2
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind juice - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4tsp
Salt to taste

For Masala paste:
Peanuts -1 tbsp, Red Chillies - 3 no.'s, Gingely seeds - 1tbsp, Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp, coconut powder - 1tbsp,  cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Cut the onions into small pieces. Slit the dondakayalu into 4 long pieces. Dry roast all the masala ingredients and grind to make fine powder. Heat the oil add jeera when it crackles add onions. Fry onions for 5 minutes add dondakayalu, turmeric and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes the add the masala powder, tamarind juice and some water. Cook the curry till the oil floats. This curry goes well with rice and roti.