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Nankhatai Biscuits

Amrita Iyer
10 minutes
Prep Time
8 minutes
Cook Time
20 People
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ABOUT Nankhatai Biscuits RECIPE

Nankhatai is India’s contribution to the Cookie family around the world.The word comes from 2 other food related Afghan words which are : Nan – meaning a kind of bread Khatai – meaning biscuit/cookie.So Nankhatai means a kind of biscuit or cookie which is shaped like the Nan bread – Puffed up,white and round and yes which melts in the mouth!Plus it does not contain eggs and so the non users can rejoice! India has been ruled by dynasties coming from Afghanistan and finally the British Rule which left an indelible mark on the ways and practices of the people.A lot of people till date (including me) love to have a simple tea of Chai-biskoot (tea and biscuits/cookies)which is actually very satisfying! Historically Nankhatai was made in India and Pakistan even before the advent of formal ovens.The biscuits were shaped and placed on steel or aluminium plates or “Thalis” and put into a coal pit or a crude clay depression which took the place of the modern oven.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • North Indian
  • Snacks
  • Egg Free

Ingredients Serving: 20

  1. 1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour/Plain Flour(Maida)
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 cup ghee
  4. A pinch of salt
  5. 2 tbsp almonds – chopped into silvers (optional)
  6. 1/2 tsp cardamom powder(elaichi)
  7. 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C or 350°F. Prepare a cookie pan by laying a sheet of parchment paper over it.Or you could grease it with ghee.
  2. Take the ghee and sugar in a bowl and beat with a hand blender till smooth and creamy.
  3. Sieve the flour and baking soda in another bowl and add to the creamed mixture.Add the Cardamom Powder and chopped nuts.The mixture should be very smooth but not wet or sticky.
  4. Divide the dough into 18 – 20 portions and keep them on the baking pan evenly spaced as they would increase in size.
  5. Bake them for 7 -8 minutes till cracks develop on their upper surface.Be very careful and watch the biscuits as they would be very hard if left over baked.
  6. Take out on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.Store in airtight containers and enjoy your tea times!

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Neelam Sharma
Neelam Sharma   Jul-03-2016

can we make in cooker

Anuradha Vaddadi
Anuradha Vaddadi   May-24-2016

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