Nankhatai Biscuits

It's a popular tea time cookie and is easily available in most bakery shops in India. Super easy fail proof recipe that has been tested and tried in my kitchen. It is light and flaky cookies. Make them in bulk and store in air tight container to enjoy them for next few days. 

What is Nankhatai?

Nankhatai biscuits are light, flaky, crumbly, and literally will melt in your mouth. It is flavored with cardamom and nutmeg. An eggless shortbread cookies aren’t too sweet and are perfect for any occasion!

Cardamom Nankhatai

These cookies are made with lots of ghee. Ghee makes it crumbly and Khasta. So those who are diet conscious, so this recipe is not for you.😕😕

Khasta is a term used for ‘light and flaky shortbread cookies,’ and this nankhatai/ shortbread or biscuits are –



crisp and

incredibly yummy!

Diwali is around the corner, I am all started making handmade sweets and snacks at home. Diwali is all about lights, new clothes😍, shopping and yummy food. I have planned many recipes, traditional and fusion, to share with you all. Stay tuned!!


There are many different ways of making this recipe. Everyone has their own way of making nankhatai. Some make it using all-purpose flour only, while others use a combination of flour and besan (chickpea flour). But I have used all purpose flour with semolina(sooji)

I have another recipe of Nankhatai on my blog where I have used it with maida, some besan (gram flour), and sooji (rava or semolina) spiced with cardamom.

Eggless Indian Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients required

Nankhatai can be made of a handful of Ingredients and these should be easy to find in your pantry and Indian store.

Flours – Regular plain flour (aka all-purpose flour or maida) and semolina (sooji or rawa) 

Fat – Here I have used ghee as a fat. Ghee is a must, don’t skip it. 

Salt – Salt has the ability to enhance flavors and balance its richness and sweetness. Salt also improves texture.

Sugar – Caster sugar or ground regular sugar in a grinder at home.

Spices – A good quality cardamom and nutmeg powder will make all the difference.

I have not used any baking agent- but those who want they can used 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Nutmeg spice

The less the liquid in the cookies it easier for the liquid to evaporate during baking, hence producing crispier Nankhatai. 

I make it with maida, and some sooji (rava or semolina). The  sooji adds to the crispiness and crunchiness to the cookies.

Easy Nankhatai Recipe


Chilling the dough solidifies the fat (butter) in the cookies. So when we bake these chilled cookies, the solidified fat/butter takes time to melt, and during baking whatever steam is released it puffs up the dough, and the cookie spreads out less and becomes flaky.

Super easy fail proof recipe that has been tested and tried in my kitchen. It is light and flaky cookies. Make them in bulk and store in air tight container to enjoy them for next few days. 

How to make Nankhatai Recipe

You can even try more cookies recipe from my kitchen, all are tested, tried and no fail recipe. Make your own cookies at home during festive time this pandemic time and stay safe.🙏

Course : Dessert, Sides

Cuisine : Indian

Prep Time : 10 minutes

Baking Time : 16 minutes

Total Time : 26 minutes

Author : Jolly Makkar


All purpose flour/Maida - 1and ¼ cup 

Sooji (Semolina) - ¼ cup 

Powdered Sugar - ¾ cup 

Cardamom powder - ½ teaspoon

Ground Nutmeg powder - 1 pinch

A pinch of salt

Semi-solid Ghee or you can use softened unsalted butter - ½ cup 

Baking powder -1/2 teaspoon (i didn't used anything)

Tools And Equipment

Hand Mixer

Baking Tray

Butter paper

Cookie Cutter(optional)


1.  Preheat oven at 350 degree F or 180 C. 

2. In a bowl, sieve maida, besan, sooji, salt, and mix well. Keep it aside.

3. In another bowl whisk ghee and sugar with a spoon until creamy.

4. Add ghee-sugar mixture into the sieved ingredients, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and mix and form into a dough.

5. Knead until it forms a soft pliable dough. Wrap the dough, place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.

6. After the chill time, shape nankhatai’s is to take a small dough ball in your hand. Flatten and shape them.

7. Place them on a baking tray. Using a knife, gently make a cross on all the nankhatai's.

8. Place them in the preheated oven. Bake for 14-16 minutes. See how the crosses will open up .

9. Remove from oven and Let the cookies cool down in the tray for at least 15 minutes. Then slowly take them out with help of a spatula. Let it completely cool before storing.


  • Please do not cut back on fat (Ghee) for this recipe. Ghee is the main ingredient for this recipe.
  • After the nankhatai's are shaped, put a cross or thumbprint on them. It helps the cookies to expand during baking.
  • You can use unsalted butter instead of ghee too but preferred to use ghee only.
  • Use room temperature ghee that is semi-solid and not completely melted.
Nankhatai Biscuits Recipe

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