Monday, June 4, 2012

Nankhatai

This is my fourth recipe for Nankhatai in this blog.Now that does say so much about my love for it,doesn't it.As I've mentioned many times before on this blog,I m always in search of Chocolate Cake recipes and Nankhatai recipes.Every time I try one recipe,I feel this is it,I've got the best recipe ever.But then,you know,bang comes another one.
Nankhatai
Sometime back,I compiled all my hand written recipe notes into word files and took a printout.Among them was a Nankhatai recipe which looked very familiar.It was written long ago,so I am not sure if it was from a blog or a tv show.The best part was when I discussed the recipe with amma,she said she used to follow a similar(almost same) recipe when she baked these.Now that is interesting.We decided to bake it together when I was home.To say we baked it more than 3 times in a week says a lot about the recipe.

I think,I am resting my hunt here for the best possible Nankhatai recipe.
Nankhatai
 Nankhatai

Ingredients

Maida - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup,powdered(measure after powdering)
Cardamom seeds,crushed - 1/2 tsp*
Ghee - 1/2 cup,melted and cooled
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp

Method
Preheat the oven to 170C.
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Powder the sugar along with one cardamom and a few strands of saffron(if using) and keep aside.
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Sift(or stir) together maida and baking soda,keep aside.
Nankhatai-step3
Mix together the melted ghee and powdered sugar to a smooth paste.Add the flour 1 tbsp at a time and mix together to form a dough.Knead the dough with your fingertips until it starts to come together.
Nankhatai-step4
Rest the dough for about 1 hour and then pinch off balls of same size and then roll them smooth and place on an ungreased cookie tray.
Bake at 170C for 20-22 minutes.
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 Notes
  • You could add one or two cloves while powdering the sugar for an added twist.
  • If you feel the dough is sticky,add 1 or 2 tbsp flour and then knead again.Do not be tempted to add more since that would turn out hard nankhatais,you wouldn't want that!
  • Rest the dough for an hour or so and then bake the nankhatais.You could even keep the dough overnight which would improve the texture.
  • Baking time varies in each oven,so bake according to your oven.Be careful not to over bake and brown the nankhatais.
Off these go to Srivalli's Cookie Mela.

61 comments :

  1. I love nankatiis too but as m kid are not too great fans of this I dont bake them. This is one that i would like to try though.

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  2. They looks damn cute and addictive.

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  3. I too tried this method once. it tastes the best.. Its a keeper..

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  4. Wow...they have com out so well...love those beauties....

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  5. My mom use to prepare this... My favy one

    http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

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  6. Yum Divya!...I've never used ghee in biscuits...sounds yummy! 4 nanakhatai recipes..nice!!

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  7. buttery, melt in mouth looking nankhatais are so tempting. Love the texture

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  8. these nakhatai looks so cute and mouthwatering. love the photos

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  9. I too make this..which ghee do you use for this recipe? looks like came crispy

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  10. simle yet very delicious and rich cookie one of my family's favourite too :)

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  11. Cute looking nankhatais.. I hadnt made this even after you passed me the recipe :( will do it soon...
    same pinch abt the plate.. :)
    oh abt the tidbits I am really going bonkers..esp with the intro..had drafted the recipe 2 weeks back and had scheduled it for yesterday..thought of adding the yada yada but then i forgot and it got published ;) 3 houuse functions coming up within a week and I am already exhausted! :( blocked brains!

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  12. My god, look at those beauties! It looks like snow white to me :) Should try this one sometime, loving a lot

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  13. These look so inviting! One of my favourites too!

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  14. This is the version my aunt taught me too! Do you make the cashew macaroons?

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  15. Simply tremendous looking nankhatis, luv this!!

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  16. Nan khatai, Again? Recently i have come over here when i googled for nan khatais and urs made me drool!My mother makes the same but without baking soda...Looks so nice..Check out mine, i just posted it recently..You can also add ovaltine,boost etc for a different flavour u know..

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    1. Adding Boost is such a great idea,got to try once!

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  17. I've been planning to prepare Nankhatais for long ... will go through all of your recipes and decide which one to go first :D

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  18. Absolutely love those nanakatis.
    You have a lovely space here. Following you now.
    visit me sometime at Meg's Delicious Adventures

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  19. Hi, I tried this recipe today.Came out very well. Thank you.

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  20. Really the best?..well I seem to keep collecting them as well..I guess we can never decide on which one, though trust me I won't say no if you pass them to now..:)..Was quite a surprise seeing you baking so many cookies..thanks!

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    1. Take my word,Valli-this one is indeed one of the best!

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    1. Using butter(if melted and cooled)would work out well,go ahead.

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  22. can i make nankhatai in microwave?if s,tel me da time&procediours

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    1. You can make it in Microwave convection of course,using the same temperature settings.However if it is a solo Microwave,bake it for 6-7 minutes in 80% power and rest for a while.The cookies wouldn't brown but will be cooked and crispy.

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    2. I have microwave oven, so for how much time I need to preheat the oven at 170 C.

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  23. Hi Divya...I tried this recipe but they didnt come out as yours...i dnt understd what went wrng...nly instead of using ghee i used indian dalda...is dat the reason dat it came out flat...but it was lot tasty and crispy..

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    1. Dalda works well as a substitute,so that wouldn't be the issue.Was the baking soda fresh,did you overwork the dough or did you bake it for a longer period?

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  24. Can i use dalda insteaf of ghee

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    1. Yes,Dalda is usually the fat which is used in authentic Nankhatai recipes,ghee gives it a nutty flavor according to me(which we love!)

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  25. Ever since my trip to India, I've been trying to find the perfect recipe for these cookies I bought in a shop. They were homemade and shaped like tall disks, white, crisp and almost chalky (but not in a bad way). The flavors were cardamom, coconut and lime; and I was told they were nankhatai but none of the recipes I've tried has duplicated what I ate. I'll try these.

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  26. I tried these and they were tasting perfect!They were my best nankhatai till date!Thanks a lot!!
    but they turned a bit more brown..not the perfect white/milky white colour...though i followed your temp and time..i made another batch with temp of 150 those turned much paler than the earler ones...still not perfect lookwise!can you please help...i need to make a huge batch for diwali.. :)thanks

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    1. Hey Anon,as I always say,each oven is different so baking time and temperature may vary.As you have mentioned,try reducing the temperature and bake for a li'l longer and see if it works.Eg,if you bake at 150C for 20 minutes,try baking at 120 or 130C for 22-25 minutes.Hope it helps-have a happy Diwali!

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  27. I just tried this recipe ..................it turned out superb !!!!!!!!!!1


    Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. I am a bit new to the baking scene...you haven't mentioned the necessity to preheat the oven here. How do I decide when it is needed?

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  29. I am kind of new to the baking scene so I just had a doubt as to when I would need to preheat my oven? you have not mentioned it in this recipe.

    Having a pre-Diwali trial today :)

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  30. Hey Aish,preheat the oven for 5-7 minutes on 170C before you start baking the Nankhatais.Have a safe and Happy Diwali!

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  31. Hi Divya- I just finished the Nankhatai as per your recipe-they look yummy although I will only taste these tomorrow- I have a cyclone convection oven so it actually only ten minutes to bake without any pre-heating! Happy Divali

    aruna

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  32. Hi Divya

    Just finished baking those nankhatais- they look simply yummy...will taste tomorrow for Divali- I have a cyclone convection oven so it actually only took only ten minutes to bake without pre-heating! That was quick and easy!

    Happy Divali

    aruna

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  33. Hai !
    I just tried your recipe and the nankhatai came out awesome.I was craving for these for a long time and this was just as perfect as store bought.Thank you so much for sharing.Love your clicks and tips.Looking forward to make other recipes that you have posted.Keep the good work going !!

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  34. Hallo Divya

    This is just the best Nankhatai recipe that i have found on internet..Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe..its defnitely quick and easy..followed each and every step as mentioned by you and they turned out simply great..Today i made quite some quantity as i have to give some sweet item in my sons kindergarten for some celebartion and i am sure everybody will just love it....

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  35. Hello Divya

    Prepared using the exact same recipe. It turn out good. Thanks.

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  36. Hi Divya,

    I made these yesterday and turned out very tasty! I guess my oven is different from yours, So when I took it out after 20 mins it was nt done, It was slightly gooey in the middle, although I had preheated the oven well ahead, so I had to leave it for 6 more minutes, till a mild golden color. Please check the link for review :)

    http://fortheluvofcooking.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/nankhataiindian-tea-biscuits.html

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  37. Hi Divya,

    I made these yesterday and it was vey tasty, crispy and just melted in my mouth. Please do check my blog for a review and surely you can now stop your search, that is if you wish :)

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  38. Hi Divya,

    Can I bake cookies in the cooking tray which comes with the OTG?Mine is a Morphy Richards 28l OTG.
    Or should I buy a seperate cookie tray like the ones you have shown in the pictures?I have never baked cookies before but plan to do some soon.Thanks:)

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  39. Hi Divya
    I made these cookies today and it tasted so welll.. u know.. thankx so much.. this is second time i am making your cookies.. i made the masala biscuit.. it did come out well but i was not satisfied enough.. it didnt come out as urs...how is the texture of the biscuit i want to know that. should i roll it thin or think... plz do reply to me...n do visit my simple Blog
    http://abowlofcurry.blogspot.in

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  40. Hi Divya
    I made these cookies today and it tasted so welll.. u know.. thankx so much.. this is second time i am making your cookies.. i made the masala biscuit.. it did come out well but i was not satisfied enough.. it didnt come out as urs...how is the texture of the biscuit i want to know that. should i roll it thin or think... plz do reply to me...n do visit my simple Blog
    http://abowlofcurry.blogspot.in

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  41. Now i have become confident that i can bake.. thanxxxx for ur wondeful recipes....

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  42. Can i make it on a pan over the gas stove??

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  43. Can i bake it in a Non Stick Pan over a Gas Stove... will it work ??

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  44. Hey divya the recipe was really grt. i tried it out and it turned out well actually this was the first time i made nankhatai. we all loved it very much. i hav posted it in my blog pls check it out. www.passionatecookers.blogspot.com

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  45. Hi Divya,
    I tried the recipe. Everything was perfect just that the nan khatai came out very crisp and hard. Why did that happen? I followed each step but then also they were not soft as a nan khatai should be.

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  46. no doubt that these are the best nankatais i have ever had!!keeper recipe indeed !! just cant stop munching them..oopss..i need to save few for my daughters buddies who are coming over tomorrow morning ;)

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  47. I tried making nankhatais last weekend,it turned out very nice.I packed the box along to my relatives place n we all enjoyed these wonderful nankhatais.i not only won appreciation frm everyone but also gained confidence in making this recepie.Thank you so much.

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  48. I tried this recipe today and it turned out extremely amazing... The nankhatai just melts in the mouth, very easy to make and it is simply yummy...

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  49. Thanks you very much for your recipe It turns out reaallllllly good and delicious.

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  50. Thank you very much for your recipe. it turns out not only perfect but sweet and yummy. my first cake for depavali. merci beaucoup

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  51. hi, thank you for your recipe..... i tried it yesterday and it was awesome....

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  52. I just tried ur recipe...I think it has come out perfectly...have left it for cooling. Thanks so much for sharing this easy recipe. Am hoping my kids like it...I loved it as a kid..

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  53. Thank you for shearing sweet yummy naankhatai recipe I like any time

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Divya.

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