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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nankhatai- Eggless Butter Cookies

                                                   
Today I am  posting a very popular Indian biscuit called Nankhatai ( spelled as Nan-kha-tai).As a snack these biscuits are very crispy but once in the mouth they melt quite easily. Earlier I used to buy it from neighbourhood bakery but once I learnt the method, I started baking it at home and then there was no looking back. It became a staple snack during morning tea or evening tea parties.


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1/2 cup Semolina (fine quality)
3/4 cup Gram flour(besan)
1 cup Powdered sugar
1 cup Butter, room temperature
1 tsp Cardamom powder
Pinch of baking powder
Pinch of saffron dipped in 2 tsp warm milk
1/2 cup broken Pistachios + Cashews + Almonds for garnishing


Method:
 Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Sevie flour,besan, semolina and baking powder together.Then add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture, add saffron liquid and mix well to make a smooth ball of dough. cover this dough with a plastic wrap and keep in fridge for 20 minutes.Pre-heat the oven to 180 Degree Celcius. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and shape then into ball and then slightly flatten them to make a disc. 


                                     
Then sprinkle some nuts on top for garnishing and press with your fingertips. Place the flatten dough discs on ungreased baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes and then broil for 1 minute to get the perfect texture. They should be a tinge of light golden brown in cookies I mean they should not be turned brown in color. Let these cool on wire racks until they are firm enough to handle. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough. Once they are cooled down to room temperature, store them in an air tight container. If your are making this in huge batches, you can also keep them in fridge for longer run. 


                                                                      

58 comments:

  1. They looks adorable,pretty addictive and prefect, my fav nankhattais..

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  2. Wow!!! yummy Nankhatai. i never tried making them before.

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  3. I have never heard about this snack.. looks yummy..

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  4. Was thinking of this sometime back.....looks tempting....

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  5. Looks yum I like that topping very much :)

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  6. Nan khatais are my fav indian cookies...and I too make these nearly same way..long time since I made these...and your pics are tempting me to bake a batch soon.

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  7. Nankhatai looks crispy, crunchy, yummy, tempting and perfect. Gorgeous pictures.

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  8. Looks so so so tempting and perfect.. awesome clicks too :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  9. Nan khatai looks perfect..love the idea of using saffron in the mix and the topping is great too!

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  10. Appealing Nankhatais..Its one of my fav too,had thought of making some when I saw in Manjula's kitchen..now urs is tempting me!!

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  11. Thank you ladies for your precious time and words.

    @Zareena & @Lakshmi thank you very much for visiting my page. hope to c u again

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  12. Wow! they look yummy !! Will definitely try them out and let you know the results !!!

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  13. heylove naan kattais and these look awesome...the last pic is really gd deepa

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  14. Ummmm....i havnt had these for quite sometime!!! thanks for posting the recipe.....

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  15. This looks so delicious. Love the nutty topping.

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  16. Love these cookies...loooks yumm

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  17. They look perfect and delicious !! love them !!

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  18. they look so cute..delicious n yummy snack...like your presentation...

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  19. Yummy looking indian cookies... Perfectly done...

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  20. These look yummy! One of my favs during childhood!Crunchy & sweet.

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  21. Lovely pics Deepa. I have never tried making nankhatais. Yours look so perfect and delicious..

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  22. Love their color and everything about it. I love your last pic and presentation with that Indian art detail :)

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  23. wow..nankhatai looks very perfect and deliciocus....I guess, last time I had nankhatai was around 2-3 years ago...you really made me drool with your clicks...yum

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  24. looks great n perfect..all time fav :)

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  25. Love nankhatai....delicious!!

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  26. Perfectly baked delicious nankhatai..lovely..

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  27. oh these look perfect to have any time of day!

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  28. Wowwww... sounds delicious and tempting.. thanks for the awesome recipe.. :)

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  29. Nankhatai looks awesome perfect Deepa, Love to try them.Like the new look of blog

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  30. Yummy cookies :) Looks perfect and I am so tempted to try this :)

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  31. Nankhatai looks perfectly baked...crunchy and delicious.

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  32. I too have been wanting to make these since long time! Looks yummy!

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  33. perfectly dome and yummy,crunchy nan khatai...:)

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  34. I totally LOVEEE nankhatai's too and ur recipe looks fantastic!
    They are perfectly baked and that sprinkle of nuts is so good!
    Am sure the neighbor hood bakery misses ya now :-)

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  35. Looks perfect! Bookmarked this recipe

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  36. Deepa, these look perfect, melt in the mouth cookies. Sounds different with gram flour. I am drooling all over it :)
    BTW, just noticed the change in your blog. Beautiful header!

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  37. NanKhatai is favorite at my place! Yours look perfect and delicious. Love it!

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  38. Di.. u r simply gr8..... u have some Jadoo in ur hands.....Sanjeev Kapoor career is now in danger.... Amrita

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  39. perfectly made nan khatais..........

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  40. hi deepa...these r looking gorgeous...mouthwatering...yummm..thank u so much dear for ur kind and lovely words on palate corner..u really made my day :))

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  41. nan khatais looks yummy and crispy.

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  42. Thanks for welcoming me back dear..Really missed being among blogger friends for a while :) I liked the new look of ur blog.Cookies looks adorable.

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  43. looks very tempting Deepa. Feel like grabbing one right out of the oven :)

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  44. Looks yummy! Love the nutty topping....

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  45. One of my all time fav indian cookies. Nothing can beat this :)

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  46. all time fav cookies.. looks yum!

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  47. wat a drool worthy Nan khatai, tickling my tongue..

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  48. I have been looking for this recipe ever since my friend got them from Hotbreads for a party..Looks sinful..Bookmarked

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  49. Lovely presentation.Looks perfect and delicious
    South Indian Recipes

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  50. hi deepa,
    You've baked them perfectly :P loved the look of the nuts topped cookies :P
    yipee! keep them coming!!!!

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  51. These look really delicious and so tasty.

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  52. Good idea to sprinkle with nuts. I have two other recipes that might be of interest:

    pistachio:
    http://treataweek.blogspot.com/2009/06/pistachio-shortbread.html

    chocolate:
    http://treataweek.blogspot.com/2007/05/cardamom-chocolate-shortbread-nan.html

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  53. wow.. these look yumm.. :) where are you these days ? :)

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