Otak-Otak Cookie - a Savoury cookie

The search for a different type of non sweet cookie is my agenda this year. Recently, in Facebook, it seems most people are posting all sorts of cookies for sale and recipes also, but most of them are sweet cookies. So after browsing through, I decided to do my own Otak-otak cookie. Otak-otak is my family favourite as we are of Nyonya Baba heritage. This is definitely a must try for Nyonya food lovers especially otak-otak lovers

The trend now is going towards healthy living with less sugar. Therefore I hope you like this type of curry base cookie.


1. 240 g butter
2. 80 g icing sugar
3. 3-4  Tbsp of curry laksa paste ( I use 3.5 Tbsp, but please taste a bit first to check the spiciness and      saltiness)
4. 10 stalks of curry leaves (daun kesum) Chopped half finely - to be mixed into the batter.
5. 1 egg yolk
6. 1 Tbsp dried shrimps (finely chopped)
7. 1 lime leaf (daun kaffir) - finely sliced and chopped - (optional as some people do not like the smell)
7. pinch of salt
8. 360 g plain flour (sieved)
9. 1 egg yolk + 1/2 tsp water for egg wash

I use this type "MasFood" brand but other brands also can be used as long as it is curry laksa paste, such the Johor curry laksa or Singapore curry laksa paste but I think the taste may vary abit.

Measure the paste and discard any liquid

Curry leaves or 'daun Kesum' - I planted this in my backyard. (Anyone who wants some are welcome, FOC )

Chopped one tablespoon of dried shrimps (Hae Bee)

1. Cream butter and icing sugar till white and fluffy

2. Stir in curry paste, chopped curry leaves, dried shrimp, and egg yolk 
3. Fold in the flour and add a tiny pinch of salt. Mix well.
4. Roll out to 5mm thick and cut out the shape with a cutter. (Keep the extra batter in the fridge, take out when needed)
5. Decorate with curry leaves then brush egg wash on top.

6. Bake in oven at 170 degrees Celcius for 20 minutes ( always check the cookies as some oven need longer/shorter time because the heat may vary in different ovens) 

Cookies are being cooled down before being packed into containers

This recipe yield 2 small containers of about 80 - 90 pieces.

This recipe is posted for some friends, especially Penangites and Johoreans staying in KL. These friends would normally buy back a box of otak-otak when they 'balik kampung' (meaning go back hometown). 

Seasons Greetings to all my friends:


Another non-sweet recipe : Simple Seaweed Crisp

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