Friday, 7 May 2010

Nankhatai (Eggless Indianised cookies)

Nankhatai-These crunchy delectable cookies are truely packed with flavours of the East, delicately flavoured with cardamom and garnished with almonds they are truely a Royal cookie that simply melts in the mouth.

This cookie recipe I saw on fellow bloggers blog "CREATIVE SANYUKTA". I instantly fell in love with it and so I decided to give it go. I followed the recipe with a couple of simple changes.They were that I did not add almonds to the dough as stated and totally ommited the pistachio nuts.I also slightly changed the ratio of the flours to make up for cutting out the nuts.

My version:


1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
2/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons warm milk
3/4 cup all purpose flour (maida)
1/3 cup besan (chickpea flour)
1/3 cup semolina (fine)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
24 almond halves for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees centigrade
2. Sieve the all purpose flour, besan, salt, cardamom powder and baking powder in a bowl. Stir in the semolina and keep aside.
3. Cream the butter and sugar and add the warm milk, beat the mixture till its soft and creamy.
4. Fold in the dry in ingredients and make a dough.It will be very soft don't worry it will harden once it rests.
5. Cover and place the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes.
6. After 15 minutes divide dough into 24 small balls.
7. Place the balls on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper.
8. Using the flat bottom of a glass press the balls to form round cookies approx 5mm thick.
(I used a small piece of grease proof paper in between glass and cookie dough to stop glass sticking to cookie.)
9. Top each cookie with a almond half, push it in slightly so that it does not fall off after baking.
10. I returned the cookie trays to the fridge for chilling for another 15 minutes before baking. (This helps to retain shape of cookie whilst baking)
11. After 15 minutes, I baked the cookies at preheated oven for 15 minutes till they were golden brown.

12. Remove from oven and cool.
Enjoy with a cup of tea. (I served my cookies with saffron ~cardamom icecream recipe to follow)

You may like:
Eggless almond ~ vanilla cookies.

Submitting to;
Stories from my Indian kitchen bake off event.


  1. I just checked her recipe.. ur looks gr8.. beautifully presented..


  2. i love to have this one with tea..looks so delicius nice pics..liked the presentation..

  3. wow..Nan khatais are looking good..reminds of school days ...

    Kairali sisters

  4. Delicious Cookies..I'm sipping my tea here and would luv to have the cookies with it..awesome presentaion

  5. Naankhatais have come up so well dear. Delicious!
    Have a nice weekend!

  6. Nayna, I love nan-khatai, but never made them at home. Will surely try these, as they look very delicious :)

  7. Love love love nankhatai..just gr8!! yours looks really great...wish I can have it right now!! loved the presentation...Bean curry looks superb too!! Have a nice weekend..

  8. WOW...lovely presentation...cookies looks delicious!

  9. Your cookies look just delightful! And that touch of ribbons makes them look so professional! Nice pics! :)

  10. looks perfect and delicious....lovely presentation....

  11. Naankattais looks so good..would love to try some of those..beautifully presented

  12. Wow looking cookies. I had never seen the addition of besan to nan-katai before. Thanks for the entry.

  13. Love nankhatai much, looks truly tempting and yumm!

  14. Nayna,

    Nakhatai looks really yummy. Nice one.

  15. WOW Has come out perfect and looks too good Nayna. Loved your presentation too.

  16. thanks so mcuh for ur kind words...and for trying the cookies...pleasure is worked for u ..i conveyed ur message to my mom and thanked her for teaching me such an awesome nankhatai tht i can pass over to my friends...andurs look far better than me.. very good presentation...

  17. Wow these cookies look awesome...lovely presentation :)

  18. Lovely cookies. That Sanyukta is creative. Nice stack!

  19. Looks great.. would like to try this out sometime,..

  20. lovely cookies dear..but the presentations is just superb...

  21. Wow dear your Naankhattais have come out really well. Can I have few bites :-) ?
    Happy Mother's Day to you dear. So how are your daughters are planning to celebrate the day?
    Take care and Enjoy!!!
    Hamaree Rasoi

  22. looks perfect and nice clicks dear...

  23. Love Nankhattis. Have been thinking for quite sometime to make nankhatais. Tasty tea-time snack, more so if it's home-made. Reading your blog, I think I should make some for its 'Over-due', as my son says.

  24. I love how these are packaged so beautifully!

  25. adding besan to nankhatais is something new to me. no wonder it's looking brown :-)

  26. They look so crunchy and very yummy.

  27. Hey nice blog.........gr8 recipes..naankhatis r looking so tempting...thanks 4 visiting my blog ....following u.......

  28. These do look crunchy and delicious. Would be so good to dip into coffee...mmm. Thanks for sharing. MaryMoh at

  29. Perfectly made nankhatais..... Loved the way u have presented them & captured too.... They look more tempting being decked up to be delivered.... Oh!!!!

    Happy Mothers Day!!!!


  30. looks perfect and delicious....lovely presentation...

  31. Indian cookies look excellent.

  32. Indian cookies look excellent.

  33. Looks good and delicious. Nice presentation looks beautiful.

  34. I haven't tasted it but have seen frequently in food blogs. When I see urs would love to give it a try. Happy mother's day!!!

  35. perfect cookies looks really great. nice click too

  36. wow looks simply awesome..and presentation is lovely..have bookmarked this recipe..will surely try..

  37. Beautiful pictures!! Nankhatai looks perfect and yummy, will try this soon..

  38. These look great, I like the little almond detail in the middle :)

  39. I love cardammom, and I like baked goods that contain gram flour, I must try these.


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