Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai, a popular Indian eggless shortbread cookie flavored with cardamom and topped with nuts like Almonds, Cashew, and Pistachios popular in Indian Sub-continent. Traditionally Nan Khatais are made with a combination of Flour(Maida), Chickpea Flour and Semolina(Rawa/Sooji) and Clarified  Indian Butter(Ghee) and are baked in tandoors(clay ovens). When I was a kid in my hometown every year during the month of March around Holi(Indian festival of colors) there used to a carnival/fun-fare for a month and a lot of Nan Khatai stalls used to be there, the aroma of freshly baked Nan-Khatais from those local shops still lingers in my mind. My family and friends love the Nan Khatais that I bake but those still can’t beat the aroma, texture and melt in the mouth flavor of those freshly baked Nan Khatais.

Nan Khatai


Let’s see how I make these melt in mouth shortbreads. For these, we need all-purpose flour, semolina(sooji/rava) and chickpea flour(besan), castor sugar, ghee, cardamom powder, silvered almonds/ pistachios, baking soda, and curd. Baking soda along with yogurt/curd acts as a leavening agent which makes the cookies rise.Yogurt/Curd also helps to bind the crumbly dough. Many people add milk in place of yogurt.

This is my 3rd cookie recipe in row, after choco chips cookies kidoos and hubby said some more cookies please 🙂 and since Rakshabandhan(an Indian festival that celebrates the bond between siblings) is in 2 days, I thought it the best time to make some traditional Indian cookies for my blog :).

So, this how I make these melt in mouth cookies.

Mix all the flours, salt and baking soda, sieve together and keep aside.

Beat together sugar, cardamom powder and ghee till light and fluffy.  You can add 1-2 Tbsp of more sugar if you want to on the sweeter side. Add flour mixture and fold in lightly, you will get a crumbly dough. Add yogurt to bind the dough.

Keep dough in the refrigerator, covered in cling film to chill for a minimum of 30mins to 1 hr.  When ready to bake preheat the oven to 160°C or 325°F.

Make small balls of dough and arrange on baking tray. Make a very light cross on the balls or make marks with fork and bake for 12-15 mins at 325°F.

When Nan Khatais start just turning brown, take out from the oven, after 2 mins, carefully transfer to cooling rack. Once completely cool, store in an air-tight container or cookie box.

Nan Khatais

Enjoy with hot cup of Chai/Tea. I also relish these with a glass of hot turmeric milk. My kids love to have these with their favorite chocolate milk.

Enjoy Nan Khatai with Indian Masala Chai/Tea

Nan Khatai

  • Servings: 12pieces
  • Difficulty: easy
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Melt in mouth Nan Khatai

Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Flour- 100g
  • Chickpea Flour- 20g
  • Semolina-20g
  • Indian Clarified Butter(Ghee)- 75g
  • Sugar- 75g
  • Salt-a pinch

Directions

  1. Mix all the flours, salt and baking soda, sieve together and keep aside.

  2. Beat together sugar, cardamom powder and ghee till light and fluffy.

  3. Add flour mixture and fold in lightly, you will get a crumbly dough.

  4. Add curd 1 tsp at a time, around 1-2 tbsp to bind the dough.

  5. Keep dough covered in cling film to chill for a minimum of 30mins to 1 hr.

  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven, take out the dough from refrigerator make small balls of dough and arrange on baking tray.
  7. Make a very light cross on the balls or make marks with a fork and bake for 12-15 mins at 325°F.
  8. Garnish with some more finely sliced almonds/pistachios and cardamom powder(optional).
  9. Bake in a preheated the oven at 160°C or 320°F for 12-15 mins or till these start turning brown.

  10. When baked, take out of the oven, after 2 mins, carefully transfer to cooling rack. Once completely cool, store in an air-tight container or cookie box.

  11. Enjoy with a hot cup of Indian Masala Chai/Tea.

So bake well and celebrate the bond of love with your siblings. Do check other festival food recipes from the blog and have a good time with your loved ones.

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Author: Swati

Some who believes 'EAT WELL, READ DAILY, TRAVEL OFTEN AND LAUGH KHUL KE'!!! Hi!! Swati here!!! Chef, Chocolatier, food admirer, reader, love to travel, listen to music, Bollywood and shoot nature and food pics!! Welcome to my Foodtrails and join me in my food adventure!!

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