Friday, 26 December 2014


Nankhatai's are basically Indian cookies or shortbreads, majorly made with Maida or All-purpose flour. They are a popular tea-time snack and serve as a nice pop-in-the-mouth sweet when you have those midnight cravings ;) They are made with ghee instead of butter and hence the aroma of these nankhatai's when they are baked is enigmatic. Nankhatai's are found in different flavours/versions and popularly available in local bakeries all over India. 

Here i am posting a recipe of Nankhatai that i saw recently on a blog which was made from Atta (Wheat flour). I decided to try them for Christmas, since i wanted to bake some cookies anyway. And they turned out absolutely great. The addition of rava made the nankhatai's more crispy and i am surely going to make them again with a little additions and twist.

Note: The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup sugar, but i would advise putting a little less than half, as mine turned out a little too sweet with 1/2 cup (For our taste). It is according to personal liking, but at first try making it with a little less than half cup. 

Recipe adapted from : My Cooking Journey


Wheat flour (Atta) - 3/4 cup
Maida - 1/4 cup
Rava (Sooji) - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1/2 cup (melted) - Might require more or less
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup (Please read the 'note' above)
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Chopped almonds and cashews to garnish (Any nuts of your choice)


Grind the sugar to powder in a mixer/grinder.

Grease a baking tray and keep aside.

In a mixing bowl, take the flours, rava, baking powder, powdered sugar and cardamom powder. Mix it all well.

Now slowly, add the ghee and knead it into a crumbly dough. It shouldn't be too soft or too stiff, hence add ghee little by little and knead.

Keep the dough covered for 10 minutes or wrap in a cling foil and set aside for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 degree celcius.

Make small round balls of the dough after 10 minutes (original recipe says 18, but i made 16) and flatten them a little. Line them on the greased baking tray.

Now bake them at 180 degree C for about 15 minutes. (You will come to know it's done when they change colour a bit to brown)

Let them cool (They become stiff and crunchy after they cool)

Now, isn't your home smelling of some real good aroma?

Happy Cooking :))


  1. Looks yum. I am going to try this one soon.

    1. Thanks Subha, let me know how it turns out for you :)

  2. Never heard of the name yet I love sweet treat with ghee. Lovely.

    1. Oh, you must try them then, you will love it :)

  3. I really want to try these out. I hope my toddler will enjoy them

    1. They are very easy, and addition of ghee makes it much better than adding butter :)

  4. lovely nan khatais dear

    1. Thanks Monu :) Happy that you liked them :)


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