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Monday, February 10, 2014

Nankhatai Recipe | Indian Shortbread Cookies | Egg-less Cookies

NanKhatai is cardamom flavored Indian Shortbread Cookies. Nankhatai cookies are light and crunchy. They are easy to make and can be baked in few minutes. These cookies are great to be served with evening tea and also great as edible gifts. I was introduced to these cookies, when a friend came over for dinner to our house brought these cookies. Since then I have been baking these cookies every now and then but it has never made it to the blog. Here I am posting it today- Nan Khatai Cookie recipe with chickpea flour, sooji and cardamom. 
Indian Shortbread Cookies
Nan Khatai
Recipe Source : Manjula's Kitchen 

What are the ingredients needed?

All Purpose Flour, 1/3 cup
Sooji / Fine semolina, 1/3 cup
Chickpea flour/ Gram flour / Besan, 1/2 cup
Baking soda, a pinch
Salt, 1/4 teaspoon
Cardamom seeds powder, 1/4 teaspoons 
Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature), 1/2 cup
Sugar, 2/3 cup
Chopped Nuts, as needed
Cardamom flavored Indian Shortbread cookies
Indian Shortbread Cookies
How it is made?
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare the baking sheet by lining it with parchment sheet.
  3. In a bowl, combine together all purpose flour, sooji, besan along with baking soda, salt and cardamom powder and set it aside.
  4. In another bowl, beat together butter and sugar until it is fluffy and then add the flour mixture little by little and knead it into a smooth dough.
  5. Divide the dough equally into 24 balls. Then take a ball, slightly press it and using a fork make a criss-cross pattern and decorate it with chopped nuts. Slightly press it into the dough. Repeat the process for the rest of the balls. 
  6. Arrange these cookies in the prepared baking tray with at least 2 inches gap between each cookies. Cookies tend to spread out. If there is not enough space, they might stick together.
  7. Bake for about 15-17 minutes till they turn slightly golden. Then remove the cookies from the oven. They will be soft to touch now. So it cool for 2-3 minutes. Then transfer it to cooling rack. Let it cool completely then transfer it to air tight container. 
  8. It yields around 24 cookies. 
Eggless Shortbread Cookies
Easy Eggless Nan khatai recipe
  • If the cardamom powder is not available, then take 5 cardamom pods, open the skin and remove the seeds and powder them with a tablespoon of sugar and use.
  • You can use any nuts for decoration. I have used pistachios. 
  • Baking time varies with each oven. Check yours accordingly.
  • The number of cookies varies on the size you make. 


  1. Congrats Divya, and nan khatai looks yumm. Inviting clicks as usual.

  2. the nankattais look lovely and crispy... lovely new look as well...

  3. Congrats divya.nankhatai looks great.I make with wheat flour :) urs is looking lovely.

  4. Love the cardamom flavour in any dish. So tasty crunchy cookies.

  5. Congrats Divya, nan khatai looks very delicious...

  6. Congratulations Divya. Way to go dear....Delicious and perfectly made nan khatai.

  7. congratulations.. nankhatais look too good.. thought it is made just with all purpose flour.. nice that u have combined other flours too ..:)

  8. Congrats Divya. Nankhatais look so crunchy and yummy

  9. Wonderful snack dear, tasty and crunchy !!!

  10. Yummy & crispy Nankhatai cookie dear !!!

  11. Crunchy manchi cookies love the back ground divya

  12. Congrats Divya ..Crunchy nd crispy nankhatai :) yummy dear !!

  13. Congrats...Nankhatai look so crispy and perfectly made...

  14. love the change divya...just to let you know...i think the inner screen is bigger am in need of moving it from sides - do check that....these are my all time delicious fav biscuits...my mom got so impressed by this when i made them for my last India visit :)

  15. 2000 likes is big! Many Congratulations! These biscuits look awesome!

  16. Hearty congrats divya ka....oh a crispy delicious cookie indeed ...

  17. Congrats Divya,yummy cookies,love it

  18. yummy cookies akka and congrts

  19. lovely cardamom flavored Indian cookies.. Congrats on reaching a milestone! wishing you many more

  20. Perfectly baked nankhatai.. yummy!!

  21. congrats dear. your cookies look very inviting. :)

  22. Congratz on hitting 2000 likes divya :) very very delicious nankhatai :) you have made them so perfect !! love the bg a lot !!

  23. Congrats aks... Super Nan khatai... melting bites...

  24. congrats on reaching 2000 da :) lovely cookies to celebrate and its my all time favourite :) no other cookie can beat this one

  25. Congrats Divya, 200o likes super... nankhatai looks fab and festive....


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