Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nankhatai Recipe / Nan Khatai Cookies Recipe

Nankhatai Recipe

Nankhatai Recipe,There are lot of variations for Nankhatai cookies.You can make this Nankhatai for Diwali, am sure this will be a super hit.I googled and found many variations for nankatai recipe but finally settled with SaffronKitchen's recipe but since the website is inaccesible now, I could not link it.I replaced maida with half of wheat flour and thats the only change I made to the orginal recipe.I want to try nankhatai without besan flour too, so will post another version soon.

This is the first time I am tasting Nankahatai, the taste was quite different from the usual cookies with a nutty flavour from besan flour.Do try it and pack for your relatives and friends for this Diwali 2015!

Nankhatai Recipe

Nankhatai Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 15 cookies
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Maida - 1/2 cup
Wheat Flour - 1/2 cup
Besan Flour - 1/2 cup
Melted Ghee - 1/2 cup
Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Milk - 2 tbsp
Pistachios - 5


  1. Powder sugar with cardamom to a fine powder.In a mixing bowl take maida,wheat flour,besan flour.
    How to make Nankhatai Recipe - Step1
  2. Whisk it well,Set aside,Chop pista and set aside.Take melted ghee in a wide mixing bowl.
    How to make Nankhatai Recipe- Step2
  3. Add powdered sugar.Whisk it well.Then add the flour mixture.
    How to make Nankhatai Recipe - Step3
  4. Mix it well with our hands, it may resemble breadcrumbs.Now add milk and bring together to form a soft dough.I used my measuring spoon to scoop out even sized cookies.
    How to make Nankhatai Recipe - Step4
  5. Roll them into a ball and flatten it slightly.Lay silver foil in a baking tray and arrange the cookies.Sprinkle chopped pistachios and slightly press it.Preheat oven at 180 deg C fo 10mins.
    How to make Nankhatai Recipe - Step5
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 180 deg C fo 15-20mins or until the edges turn golden.
    How to make Nankhatai Recipe - Step6
Keeps well for 3 days in room temperature itself!
Nankhatai Recipe

My Notes:

  • The cookies spread out so while baking so leave enough space between each cookie.
  • You can even replace ghee with butter.
  • Don't knead the dough too much just bring it together with the tip of your fingers.
  • Instead of adding 1/2 cup of wheat flour you can even use maida fully
  • It yielded me 15 cookies.
Nankhatai Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. A question about point 6. You have said wrap in butter paper and the log with poppyseeds. Is there some step in between?

  2. Can we replace ghee with butter? if yes what quantity?

    Or half of ghee and half of butter... Please let me know

    1. You can use the same quantity of butter(in room temperature)

  3. seems delicious and easy to make...thank you

  4. Can we use 1cup wheat flour instead of maida

  5. Can I make it without the foil & butterpaper on tray. Will it work if I apply ghee on baking tray, I'll making it on my OTG Oven.

    1. Yes you can but keep an eye on the timing....

  6. Tried them and they came out perfectly. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. how to make nan khatai without besan?


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