Apr 7, 2015

Nan Khatai

Today's recipe is one more classic cookie recipe from India. Nan Khatai is a shortbread type of cookie from India. Actually this recipe we have adopted from Persian cuisine,  which is very popular in Irani cafe's. Traditionally in olden days  these cookies are made with fine sooji, maida and gram flour ammonium bicarbonate as a rising agent rather then baking soda. They use to keep the cookie tray in between two plates and placing it over the flame. But now the trend has changed, now we can bake them in the oven. Sooji gives a crisp texture to this cookies. People enjoy this sweet crisp nan khatai with kadak chai (a less milk tea). I like to have this biscuits with a kadak Irani chai....
This recipe I have adopted from a Telugu weekly magazine..
Let's check the recipe......    
 photo nak.jpg INGREDIENTS:---
All purpose flour (maida)  --- 1 cup
Gram flour ( besan)  ----  1/2 tea sp
Semolina (sooji, rava) ---  1/2 tea sp
Sugar powder   ----  1 cup
Ghee   ---  1 cup
Cardamom powder  ---  1 tea sp
Baking powder   ----  1/4 tea sp
Curd   -----    2 tab sp
                                                     

METHOD:---
1. Cream the sugar and ghee till smooth, light and creamy.
2. Mix the dry ingredients - maida, gram flour, rava, cardamom powder, baking powder in a big bowl.
3. Now add curd to the ghee and sugar mixture and mix well.
4. Add dry ingredients to the ghee and curd mixture and mix together to make a smooth dough.
5. Keep this dough a side for  1 hour then make small balls out of this dough flat a little bit and place them on a greased baking tray.
6. Keep some space between the cookies because they expand while baking.
7. Pre- heat the oven at 170 degree C. for 10 minutes
8. Place the cookie tray in pre- heated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
Enjoy this crisp,sweet nankhatai with a cup of kadak chai.   



21 comments:

Usha said...

Those cookies are so cute. These cookies are also on my to bake list. :)

Suma Gandlur said...

One of the classic Indian cookies as you mentioned. Those look perfect.

Priya Suresh said...

Just pretty and damn cute looking nan khattais, can u pack me some.

vaishali sabnani said...

Beautifully baked cookies! Love everything about them, the colour , the texture the flavors.
I have still to try this Indian cookie.

Kalyani said...

Yummy one Padma ! They look so good

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply amazing and lovely looking nan khatais that you have prepared. No doubt India tops as best when it comes to snacks. Lovely post.

Rajani S said...

The picture looks so nice Padma. I love how you have presented them. Nan katai is my husband's all time favorite, yet I havent tried it till now :D.

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

You have got the perfect color.. Whitish.. Generally folks tend to over bake the nan khattai and you get golden.. I am so loving the perfect whitish color..

Priya Srinivasan said...

Nan-khatai looks very cute padma, a perfect color and shape and they look like a cloud!!! Cloud of deliciousness!!!

Srividhya said...

A new recipe for me. Great classic cookies

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Cute looking Nankhatai,love the perfect color of it..well done.

Suja Ram said...

Nankhatai looks so soft and melt-in-the-mouth type. You have shaped them so perfectly and great presentation and pics too!! Its in my list too.

Pavani N said...

Perfectly made nankhatai Padma. Love your clicks.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Perfect looking cookies, Padma!

veena krishnakumar said...

Perfectly baked nankhatais padma. Send some here too:)

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

So perfect! Looks too good :)

Srivalli said...

Looks so white and pretty..I love these nankhatais..

The Pumpkin Farm said...

these remind me of my mom's nankhatai..hers used to look like these white and fresh

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

Beautifully baked Nan Khatai..wonderful texture and lovely color and shape..

Archana Potdar said...

Beautifully bake Padma! These are my love.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Your cookies have turned out fabulous....