Nankhatai Recipe, How to make Nankhatai Recipe | Eggless Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai Recipe with step by step photosNankhatai is a popular sweet cookie recipe which is equally liked by all generation.

This recipe is one among the several to try baking list for long time. So I tried and tested at my home..everyone loved it !!

It is easy to make..this is also called Eggless Indian Shortbread Cookies or biscuits which is made up with all purpose flour, sugar and ghee or butter and flavored with cardamom. 

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. 

Today, it's our 28h Foodie Monday Bloghop event and it's such a fun theme this time. I really liked it and the theme for this week was "Inter Blog challenge", means this is the chance to cook something from each other's blog and everyone including me were very excited to cook and curious to know that who will get which blogger's member in this challenge. 

I got a challenge to give a try recipe from very talented blogger and sweet friend cum didi "Sujata Roy", 
Basically she is a bong homemaker, a doting mother to two beautiful grown up children, a blogger, a passionate cook and lastly a foodie. 

She is specialize in healthy food and experimenting with vegetarian dishes and eggless cakes and cookies is what interests me more.

There are many variations of nankhatai recipe.
I do a little twist on her actual recipe. Thanks a lot Sujata di for this beautiful recipe :)

If you are fond of nankhatai then you can easily make it at home. This cookie is really attached with my sweet childhood memories, it's really famous at my place(city called meerut). 

There is one bakery near to my home, whenever we visit that bakery shop, their lovely aroma and sight of all the baked goodies made me drool. 

You can make end number of sweet recipes like

Zarda Pulao
Homemade Ice-cream Cookie Sandwiches

Let's start to make this easy and quick recipe of nankhatai(shortbread cookies) with simple step-by-step process with photos.

Cuisine :           North Indian
Prep Time :       15 mins
Cooking Time : 25 mins
Total Time :       40 mins
Serves :             10 large nankhatais

Ingredients :

All Purpose Flour/Maida - 1 cup
Gram Flour/Besan - 1/4 cup
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Fine Sooji/Semolina/Rava - 2 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Desi Ghee (semi solid) or butter at room temperature - 1/2 cup
Powdered Sugar/Icing sugar - 1/2 cup [add as per taste]
Dahi/Curd/Yogurt - 1 tsp (optional)
Milk - 1 to 2 tbsp
Few grated Pista - 5 to 6 nos

Prepared Method :

1. Cream the ghee and powdered sugar with a hand whisk or electric mixer or blender.

The mixture should become smooth, light and creamy.

2. Sieve the the following dry ingredients - all purpose flour, besan, baking powder and baking soda. 

Keep the sifted dry ingredients aside.

3. Add curd to the creamed ghee+sugar mixture, its just a optional. Mix very well.

4. Now add the sifted dry ingredients and also add the sooji, cardamom powder into it.

5. Gently mix everything, do not knead. Just mix and gather to a smooth dough, then add 1 tbsp of milk.

Mix lightly and bring the mixture to a dough.
6. Pinch medium sized balls from the dough. Roll them evenly in your palms and slightly flatten them and roll into the grated pista. 

I make three designs on nankhatai -
1. make some criss-cross designs on the nankhatai with a knife or toothpick and
2. Give thumb impression into the circle and put grated pista on it and
3. Plain flatten them and roll into the grated pista as you seen in below pic

7. Place the cookies in a baking tray. I added the baking paper in tray. Keep some space between them as they expand while baking.

8. Bake the nankhatai in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees C for 20-23 mins till light golden. Remove and place them on wire racks.

9. When cooled, store the nankhatai in an air tight container.

10. Enjoy it with your tea :)

Happy Cooking and Enjoy !!

If you decide to make this dish, I would love to see how it turned out for you. 

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  1. Looks beautiful and perfect. I want to have this right now :-)

  2. This recipe is replica of my mommys nankhatai recipe...

    1. Wow that's a big compliment for me..Thanks a lot, glad you liked it !!

  3. It looks super delicious nankhatai recipe. Love the way you have explained the recipe. I will definitely give it a try. 

  4. I am such a fan of nankhatai more when a friend does it so nicely...

    1. Thanks so much my lovely friend cum chef Soma 😘

  5. Tried it and it came out super. Thank you for the recepie. Can I replace maida with atta or like 1/2 cup ata and 1/2 cup maida to make it healthy?

  6. This recipe is different than mine.. I make only with all purpose flour. Will try this one too. Lovely colour of the nankhatais.

  7. SO yummy, love the crunchiness and yet melt in the mouth texture of nankhatai. I too love adding a bit of besan to make them more crunchy.FoodieMonday has come a long way since. Hope you will consider rejoining it.

  8. I too make nankhatai but add a few more and less ingredients. Liked your recipe and the detail step by step procedure of it. The nankhatai look so perfectly baked with that light golden colour on top

  9. Nan Khatais look so good, want to grab one for a bite.Love how these have turned out with a perfect crinkles and light brown color .