Sables are classic French butter cookies 🍪 which originated in Normandy in France. The term “Sables” means Sand in French due to the sandy and crumbly texture of these cookies. The traditional shape of these delicate cookies are round with fluted edges and butter is what gives them a wonderful flavour.
Savoury cookies are just the thing for a cocktail or nibbles party and these are a delight to serve with your cheese platter or as canapés or aperitifs. Rich, crumbly and delicious these easy to whip up cookies will certainly whet your appetite. The addition of mustard gives a nice kick to the biscuits and the sprinkle of sesame and nigella seeds impart a mild, nutty onion flavour to them. Parmesan and Cheddar cheese both can be used in equal quantities instead of only Cheddar.But Parmesan not being a hot favourite in my family I used only Cheddar.
The Nigella seeds go by many names… Kalonji in India, Charnushka in US. They are also called Onion seeds or Black Caraway or Black Cumin or Roman Coriander but they have no relationship to these apart from flavour and are very much their own spice. It is one of the spices used in Paanch Phoron or Pancha Phutana or the five spice blend used for tempering in the eastern part of India.These seeds are hard and crunchy with a mild, nutty onion flavour, mostly used on flatbreads in the Middle East. They are normally sprinkled on salads, vegetable dishes, dals and savouries after a small roast in the skillet which helps to bring out its flavour.
Apart from the flavour and aroma the tiny black seeds comes with a plethora of health benefits. It keeps your heart healthy, cures breathing problems, lubricates your joints, has anti carcinogenic properties and cures acne too! Sending these cheesy Sables with the goodness of Nigella to the 85 th Foodie Monday Bloghop for the theme Nigella Seeds.