Nankhatai is a traditional Indian biscuit. Nankhatai can be called as Indian shortbread cookies or biscuit.
Nankhatai Biscuit is popular sweet cookies among kids as well as elders. Basically, it is tea time snacks or you can also enjoy in a free time. Nankhatai is easily available in any bakery shops in India. But, this time we are going to make it by ourself. Nankhatai is made with a combination of flours, spiced with cardamom powder and bound ghee.
Nankhatai - It is believed to have originated in Surat when Dutch and Indians were the important spice traders. In Surat, a Dutch couple set up a bakery to meet the needs of local Dutch residents. When they left India, they handed over the bakery to an Iranian. And, the biscuits were disliked by the locals. To survive and save his business he started selling dried bread at low prices. It became so popular. With time, his experimentation with bread ultimately gave birth to "Nankhatai".
Serve "Nankhatai" along with hot tea(chai) for your tea time break.
1 Cup - Maida / Plain Flour
½ Cup - Besan / Gram Flour
2 ½ Tablespoon - Suji / Semolina
½ Cup - Powder sugar
1 Pinch - Salt
1 Pinch – Cardamom Powder
½ cup – Ghee / Slightly Melted Butter
Pistachios & Almonds to Top
1. To begin with Nankhatai, Firstly add in the maida, besan, suji, powder sugar, salt & cardamom powder in a bowl and mix well.
2. In the next step pour in the ghee and form into a dough.
3. Now take a small piece of dough and shape into round peda.
4. Now gentelly press on the top of the peda with finger to give it a nice shape and place in a baking tray, top with nuts.
5. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 mins at 150 Degree C in convection mode.
6. Serve the delicious Nankhatai along with a hot cup of chai. Store them in an air tight container. Enjoy.
1. Milk powder can be used to enhance the richness.
2. You can replace ghee with 2 Tablespoon dhai if desired.