Was waiting for a long time to share this simple yet very delicious, slightly crisp but at the same time melt in the mouth Cookies. Nan Khatai is basically Indian cookies that are festivity special. Made with lots of love during the festivals to be served to the guests and gifted too. A Great tea time accompaniment.
These cookies are really simple to make. They are made with unsalted butter or Ghee (Clarified butter). Though I have never made it using butter as I simply love the flavour of ghee. You definitely can make it with a good quality unsalted butter.The ghee gives it a very authentic flavour. In this recipe I have used Chickpea flour and semolina.
The dough for Nan khatai need not be refrigerated before being made like we do for usual sugar cookies and that helps to make them quick. Mix the ingredients , make your dough, make them into golf size balls and they are good to go into the oven :)
Nan Khatai can be made very rich by adding nuts to it.You can add whatever nuts you please like Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios,anything. If you dont want nuts you can just skip it. It just doesn't effect the taste in any way.
Bake 'em till they turn very slightly brown and firm on the outside.They just need to be in the oven for like 18 - 20 mins time and there you are ready with delicious Nan Khatai to eat :). WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, allow them to cool before you eat them ;) Bon Appetit!!!
This recipe will give you 16 nos.
1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/3 Cup Besan (Chickpea/ Gram Flour)
1/4 Cup Semolina
1 Cup Ghee / Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Castor / Powdered Sugar
1 tsp of Ground Cardamom
1 tsp of Baking Powder
Slivered Almonds, Pistachios for garnishing
Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F)
Sieve the all purpose flour, chickpea flour, semolina, Ground cardamom and baking powder together and keep aside.
In a mixing bowl Cream together powdered sugar and ghee/ unsalted butter until fluffy.Mix in the dry mixture all at once and combine well till it forms like a dough. Make small balls out of the dough press it slightly with your palm giving it a little flat top. Take few slivered nuts press it on the shaped cookie.Now place the cookies on a cookie sheet and rest aside for 10-12 mins. Bake it for 18-20 mins until the sides turn light golden brown.