Wednesday 7 December 2011

Nan Khatai ~ The Indian Cookies ~ For Sweet Punch

For Sweet Punch this month, the bloggers were given the choice of baking anything of their choice. After some thought I decided to bake these Indian cookies, Nan Khatai
It is December already and in less than a month we will step into the new year.The air is festive and you can feel Christmas all around. What better time to share this easy cookie recipe. Bake these goodies to gift it to your friends and family.

Laced with cardamom and saffron, these little cookies are rich and have a melt in the mouth texture. The whole house will be filled with fragrant aroma as they are baked in your oven. Without much ado, lets hop on to the recipe:

Recipe Source: Joy of Cooking

Makes 35-40 pieces


250 gm AP Flour( About 11/4 cup)
200gm ghee, clarified butter or use unsalted butter
110gm caster sugar
4-5 cardamom pod seeds finely powdered
A pinch of saffron, 6-7 strands.
2 tbsp gram flour
1/4 cup semolina
1/4 tsp baking powder.
Handful of nuts of your choice, chopped or pounded roughly(I found a few cashews and pistachios in my pestle and mortar)


1. In a large bowl add sugar and ghee and whisk till sugar is dissolved in the ghee and the mixture is light and fluffy.
2. In a separate bowl, add AP flour, gram flour, semolina, cardamom powder and baking powder and sieve it. Add saffron and nuts to the flour mixture. You could also punch these nuts on to the cookies but I like them inside.
3. Now add the flour mixture to the sugar and ghee mixture and stir. Use your hands to make a soft pliable dough.
4. Make 35-40 even golf sized balls and place them on two large prepared baking trays, keeping some space between them. Flatten them slightly with your fingers. You can also bake them in batches.
5. Bake them at 175 C for 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they may turn burn if over baked.
6. Once out of oven let them cool in the tray for 5-10 minutes or they will crumble.

When completely cooled store them in an airtight container. Enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee.
Linking it to Suma's Cookie Fest, Kavi' Jingle all the way and Radhika's Let's Cook#10 Baked Goodies

Enjoy! Thank you for stopping by! Cheers!


  1. My all time favourite, looks really melt in the mouth, yummy!

  2. Mom made this so often when we were small - ur post made me nostalgic !beautiful :)

  3. This season is truly infectious for baking, more excuses to bake! I am yet to try these classic Indian cookies, yours look very inviting..

    Thanks a lot for sending these to my event!

  4. I have them bookmarked for a very long time jyothi!!! they look beautiful n yummy!!!

  5. Quite an elegant and beautiful nankhattais,i can have them anytime simply with a cup of coffee.

  6. lovely presentation and classic clicks to justify the classic cookies. Thanks for linking it to the event.

  7. The nankhatais have come out so well. They look pretty and delicious.

    Looking forward to your version of relish :-)

    Have a lovely day, dear Jyoti!

  8. hy jyothi,
    just found your your space..
    interesting posts with stunning cliks..
    cookies sounds irresistably hearty n divine..
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  9. yummy .. as usual your pictures are awesome ! first time I am seeing a cookie recipe with semolina in it .. for crispiness ?

  10. hi.. first time here.. and loved your presentation! superb clicks of the biscuits! they cook perfect! :)

    Do go through the rules & link it to my event - Jingle All the Way (link below) if possible :)

    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

    Ongoing events:
    Jingle All The Way &
    Microwave Easy Cooking

  11. thanks so much for linking this to Jingle All The Way. Looks lovely! :)
    Kavi (Edible Entertainment)


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