Monday, February 13, 2012

Nan khatai ~ easy eggless cookie

Nankhatai is a cookie, famous in pakistan and in india. Nankhatai is a basic eggless cookie made with clarified butter(ghee). When Bina posted her nankhatai recipe on daily tiffin, i tried it immediately and fell in love with these cookies, but it took too long (2 years) to post here.

whenever we crave for crispier biscuits, i would make nankhatai in minutes. its so easy to make. moreover, you can make it quick.


Yields - 30 cookies approx.

Preparation time: 15 mins
Baking time - 10-15 mins.
Recipe from : Daily tiffin  - Bina


  • Maida / All purpose flour – 2 cup’s (200gms)
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Cardamom – 8
  • Ghee – ¾ cup
  • Baking powder – ½ tsp
  • Nuts to garnish(pista, cashew and badam)


      1. Pre-heat the oven at 150C for 10 minutes.

      2. Line your baking tray with butter paper and set aside.

      3. Powder the sugar along with cardamom pods.

      4. Sieve the maida flour along with baking powder. Also sieve the powdered sugar upon maida.

      5. Mix the flour well with your hands.

     6. Add Ghee to the flour and keep mixing, first the flour becomes like crumbles. keep on adding the    ghee till flour comes together as a smooth pilable dough. Do this process patiently, this process takes 10 minutes. (it consumes really lots of ghee, so go ahead and forget the calories.)

      7. Once you get the smooth pilable dough, pinch a small ball of dough and roll it with your palms. Slightly press it with your palms, so that the ball flattens a bit. Place the flattened ball over the butter paper. Likewise fill the butter paper. Press nuts of your choice over each nankhatai.

   8. Bake the Nankhatai in pre-heated oven at 150c for 10-12 minutes. Till the bottom of the nankhatai turns light brown in colour. Change the sides of tray in between, to ensure even baking.

   9. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling wrack and let it cool for another 5 minutes.

    10. Transfer the cooled nankhatai’s to an air tight container.

Serve with Hot tea, tell you what, thats the perfect way to eat these cookies.

Do try these delicious easy to make cookies. these cookies were crispy. these cookies were hit at home and kids loved it a lot.

I also made in heart shape, which turned out good too. so you can try different shapes.

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