How to make quick and easy Indian cookies – Nankhatai

Hello Everyone,

Firstly I would like to apologize as I am writing a little less often, frankly speaking staying at home during the quarantine period makes the work a little more hectic and tedious. However, I am trying to make sure that every weekend I do get indulged in dessert making process. I am not overdoing everything, just trying to keep it simple, easy and quick.

So, as the name suggests this weekend, I did try to make a Indian baked cookies also called as Nankhatai. It mainly comprises of flour which could be whole wheat/all purpose/gram or even semolina. I tried to incorporate a little of everything in my dessert. It was extremely flavorful and ambrosial. It has a tinge of both sweet and savory which makes it even more palate affectionate.he word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and “Khatai” from an Dari Persian word meaning Biscuit. It is basically an Indian version of a shortbread πŸ™‚

It has different versions of the flour which makes it a healthy snacking item. You can alter the quantity of sugar as much as you want and try adding sugar alternative like stevia instead. I did use the refined sugar to give more authentic taste to my recipe.

So, without much ado lets get started !!

Preparation Time : 15 minutes, Cooking Time : 25 minutes, Calories : 94 calories/ cookie

Ingredients :

  1. All -Purpose Flour – 130 gms
  2. Gram Flour – 60 gms
  3. Semolina – 30 gms
  4. Sugar Powder – 80 gms
  5. Salt – 1 pinch
  6. Cardamom Powder – 1 pinch
  7. Ghee – 115 gms
  8. Pistachios – chopped on top.

Directions :

  1. I would recommend using a measuring machine as you get a better understanding on the quantity and the taste and texture turns out as expected. I did order one from Amazon and it really helps with the measurement.
  2. In a bowl, take the measured quantity of all purpose flour, gram flour and semolina. You can replace all purpose flour with whole wheat flour as well to make it less grainy.
  3. Now to this mixture add sugar, salt and cardamom powder as per the quantity mentioned above.
  4. Now, add in the generous amount of ghee to make a crumbly dough out of it. If you find the dough too dry, you can try adding little milk to it but very little as the dough should have a good binding.
  5. At this time, preheat your oven at 150 degree Celsius for about 5 minutes. Parallely, grease the baking tray with little ghee/butter.
  6. Make small rounds balls of the dough and place it into the baking tray.
  7. Make a little hole in between the balls and top it with nuts. I did use chopped pistachios.
  8. Now, first bake it at 175 degree celsius for 15 minutes. Then open the open and close it again and bake it additionally for 5-7 minutes at 200 degree celcius.
  9. The cookie is now ready to be eaten.

The end result was soo crumbly and the cookie was literally melting in the mouth. It turned out extremely delicious.

Please do try this at home and let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚ Also, if you like the content of my blog, please do like and follow me on wordpress.

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