BM #104 Day 24 - 

For Ooty Varky, Our fellow BM member and baking expert, Gayathri, has experimented and come out with a tried and tested recipe for this Ooty Bakery specialty. Thanks to her, we have a wonderful, crispy, crumbly and rich cookie as a snack for tea.

There is a deep fried version of these as well which I am told is not as authentic as this one and that is a street vendor version. More on this in another post.

These varky were very popular at home with the kids and the Dad too. I had planned to take these to a party at my friend's place, but they were half gone when I stepped out of the kitchen. I knew there weren't enough for the party, so I let the kids finish the remaining ones (there weren't many left) and assured them I wouldn't be taking them to the party :). 

Recipe Source Gayathri
Ingredients - 
For The Dough -
Maida / All Purpose Flour 1 1/4 cup
Sugar 2 Tbsp
Oil 3 Tbsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Water as needed
For The Layering -
Oil 2-3 Tbsp
Maida as needed

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl add maida, salt, sugar and oil to form a crumbly mixture.

Add water and knead it into a soft pliable dough.

Cover and set aside in a warm place for two hours. I left it out for 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line a baking tray.

Generously oil a clean work surface and knead the dough.

Roll or pat it into a thin rectangle which should be transparent enough to see through.

Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of oil on the transparent rectangle and add about 1-2 tablespoons of maida.

Mix well to make a spreadable paste. Add more oil or flour if needed.

Spread the paste evenly on the entire rectangle.

Fold 1/3rd of the rectangle inside and fold the opposite side as well to form a letter fold.

Mix more oil and flour to make a paste and cover the entire surface.

Again fold twice to make a letter fold and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Roll it into a thin rectangle again.

Slice the dough into 1 inch strips (I got about 8 of them).

From each strip, pull some dough off and roughly make it into a round shape, pinching the top.

Arrange them on a baking tray. 

Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until they are brown.

Cool on wire rack and enjoy with a cup of tea, or as is.

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Preparation Time 25 minutes + 2-4 hours resting time + 40-45 minutes baking time
Makes 35
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, September 28, 2019


  1. Good that kids enjoyed the varkis Harini, yours turned out really good.

  2. Amazing , these baked onrs look super crunchy ! Wish I too had made the baked one - but will definitely be trying it .

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. hahahah..that's good, glad that kids enjoyed this one. Your baked varkis look fantastic Harini.

  5. Suma Gandlur Says:
  6. Wow, you made them again to make the baked version. Did you find any differenc e between the two versions? This is one of the recipes I truly enjoyed in this marathon and I can understand your kids not ready to share these. :)

  7. sushma Says:
  8. Very nicely done Harini, good kids like them, after all that's what we look out for. Good one

  9. Narmadha Says:
  10. Beautifully shaped varkey. Yes as you said these are so addictive and get vanished soon. They look so inviting

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