Of doctors and their sugaries, sidekicks and biskoot!

“Amma, do you know that Tara and I are sidekick?”

“Huh? What?”

“We are sidekick, Amma. Don’t you know – like when i know what she’s going to say before she says it?”

Cue: much laughter – off and on stage!

“Kanch, the word is psychic, not sidekick!”

A disappointed “Oh” as she digests the fact that the BIG WORD that she has used is not quite the right word! But hold on, maybe it’s applicable to something else? “What about when I guess what she’s brought in her lunch box? Aren’t we sidekick then??”

“No, Kanch not even then! The word is still ‘psychic’!”

“Humph” and off she goes… to digest yet another piece of illogicality in the adult world!

But more gems await… “Amma, what time are we going to the sugary tomorrow?”

Blank look from me. “What sugary?”

“You know – you said we were taking Akka to the doctor tomorrow. His office is named sugary, right?”

Hahahaha… the doctor’s surgery! Bet the doc would have felt flattered with so sweet a moniker!

And now for a truly ‘sidekick’ pairing – Osmania biskoot (how can you call something so heavenly a mere biscuit??) and Moroccan mint tea (see earlier post for the Moroccan tea).


  • Maida – plain flour – 2 cups
  • Cornflour – 1/4 cup
  • Butter – i prefer salted table butter – 1 cup
  • Powdered sugar – 1 cup
  • Flavouring – either powdered cardamom or 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Milk powder – 2 tsp
  • Milk – 2 tbsp
  • Crystal salt – pounded to a rough, grainy powder – 1 large pinch
  • Baking powder – 1 pinch 

Sift all the dry ingredients together (except for the crystal salt). 

Cream the butter and milk together. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix into a firm but slightly crumbly dough. Gather it together,cover with a cling film and refrigerate for about 25-30 minutes. Take out, roll out to about 1/4″ thickness. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Gather up the remnants and repeat. 

Place the cookies leaving about 1″ space on all sides, Brush with milk and bake at 375 F (190 C) for about 15-17 minutes. 

These biscuits are unusual in that you get a salty kick in every bite.

A biskoot a day keeps the Hyderabadi away ….from the sugary!!