Kesar Pista Biscuit


This is my first post and I am too excited. I love baking more than cooking so my first post had to be something related to baking. Presenting kesar pista biscuits. These are easy to make with the goodness of pistachios and saffron. Me and my husband, relish them with a cup of tea. I shared this recipe with my bestie, she baked them for her FIL and the reviews she got from him was just awesome. She baked it four times back to back on her FIL’s demand. This is one no fail recipe and tastes absolutely delicious. The recipe has been adapted from here.



1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup + 2 tbsp Plain Flour/Maida
1/4 Cup custard Powder
1 1/2 tbsp of warm milk
1/4 Tsp saffron strands
1/4 Tsp of baking powder
2 Tbsp chopped pistachios


Soak saffron in milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Using a spoon, mash the saffron to get the maximun flavor. Keep aside.

Meanwhile, beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add milk – saffron mixture and pistachios. Mix well. Start adding sieved maida, custard powder and baking powder. Using a spatula, bind everything together to form a dough. You shouldn’t bind it like a roti dough. Just mix everything nicely.

Divide the dough into equal lemon sized balls and give it the shape you desire. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.


*All ovens are different so timings may vary.

* Take it out when sides turns brown.

* I used salted butter. The original recipe calls for unsalted butter.

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0 thoughts on “Kesar Pista Biscuit”

  1. Hello Bee 🙂 Thank u so much 🙂

    No indian cups..I have those measuring cups and spoons (a set of 4) which is easily available in the market.. 🙂

  2. Hello Anshika, Thank u for stopping by 🙂 You won’t have any problem following this recipe even if you are a new bie in baking 🙂 I used a big steel plate/thali to bake these.. You can also use any non stick or aluminium baking tray.. Just make sure to grease the pan with oil nicely before you keep the cookies.. U can also use butter paper/parchment paper.

  3. Hi
    it looks yummm ..will definetely try it n Should the butter be melted before beating with sugar or should it be in room temperature

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