Nan Khatai ~ Eggless Indian Tea Cookies



Nan Khatai – Eggless Indian Cookies

There is something about wet, cold weather that makes baking very appealing filling the house with warmth. Sunday was one such day with pleasant weather and all, that pushed me to bake cookies. Nankhatia is a fabulous eggless shortbread style butter cookie without the baking soda aftertaste. These cookies that have their origins in Surat make for a delicious tea time treat that please the young and old alike. I love the addition of semolina which imparts a marvelous texture to the cookie.

Nankhatai Recipe

Preparation: 10 mts, Baking: 20-22 mts

Makes approx 18-20 cookies

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Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour (maida)

1/4 cup semolina/sooji

1 tbsp besan/chickpea flour (optional)

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

3/4 cup ghee or melted butter or oil

2 tbsps yogurt/curd

1 Sieve maida, baking soda and cardamom pwd.
2 Blend the sugar, ghee and yogurt till smooth. Its important you really combine well. Add the sieved ingredients and semolina to the sugar-ghee mixture. The dough should be kneaded well for at least 7-8 mts. If the dough is not stiff enough to roll out into balls, add a few tbsps of cold milk and chill for a few minutes.
3 Pinch dough and shape into small balls and slightly flatten. Garnish with almonds or pista or cashews by slightly pressing into the dough. Place on a greased tray with enough space between each ball as they spread out. Pre heat oven for 15 mts, bake at 180 C for about 20-22 mts. Once baked, the cookie will feel soft on touch. Remove from oven and cool and the cookies will harden.
4 Cool on a wire rack and store in airtight container.

Nankhatai

Nan Khatai ~ Eggless Indian Tea Cookies

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  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 10

Main Ingredients:

  1. flour
  2. sugar
  3. butter

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Nankhatia is a fabulous eggless shortbread style butter cookie without the baking soda aftertaste. These cookies that have their origins in Surat make for a delicious tea time treat that please the young and old alike. I love the addition of semolina which imparts a marvelous texture to the cookie.

Sailu

I'm a food blogger, food photographer and organic gardener based out of India. I enjoy cooking for my family using fresh produce from my vegetable garden and farmer's market. I love to try out various cuisines and perfect my cooking skills. I believe that hard work, self-discipline, and a positive attitude cannot help but reap a harvest of fantastic results. Say hello and join me on Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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33 Responses

  1. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Besan is new to me, in the nan khatai. Must try it.

  2. They look very beautiful and delicious.

  3. kalyani says:

    Sailu, this is like telepathy – just this eve, was thinking of rustling some cookies.. and this eggless version of cookies is just too temptin to try out this rainy season :)

    just have a few queries as this is my first try at cookies:
    a) does the oven need to be preheated before the batch goes in?
    b) Can I proportion out maida and wheat flour 1:1 instead of only maida?
    c) When u say ‘bake’ mode in the OTG, does this mean the same setting as in cake bake? sorry this might silly, but I do really want to get this right??
    d) how long do we need to leave it till it hardens.. in the sense, for a cake, we have the toothpick test for fully done stage.. Is there somethign similar for these cookies? how do I know they r done?

    Looking fwd to ur response :)
    thx
    Kalyani

    • Sailu says:

      a) You need to pre-heat oven at 180 C for 15 mts.
      b) You can use 1:1 proportion of whole wheat flour and maida.
      c) Yes, bake mode is the same for cakes or cookies or any recipe that calls for baking.
      d) The cookies will be very soft on touch after 22 mts of baking. Remove it from the oven and allow to cool outside. It will harden within few minutes. If you bake beyond the specified baking time, you get a very crunchy cookie or a over browned cookie both on the underside and top of the cookie.

      Hope this helps, Kalyani. :)

    • Karl says:

      Kalyani,

      If using whole wheat you will have to increase the baking soda amount to compensate.id say about 1/4 plus 1/8 sp

  4. Deepa says:

    looks so perfect..yummy and chewy snack.

  5. Sailu, My husband and I simply love these, beautifully done.

  6. Suman Singh says:

    ohh, that looks heavenly delicious..these are my hubbys fav cookies…love to try this sometime soon..thanks for sharing this!

  7. Neha says:

    wow..nan khatai are my favorite biscuits..recipe seems so simple..beautifully presented

  8. Pavani says:

    Hi Sailu,
    You missed addition of Suji. I love these biscuits and wil definitely try out this recipe.

    Regards,
    Pavani

  9. Sailu says:

    Oops! Updated! Thanks! :)

  10. krithiga says:

    hi, thanks for sharing this recipe..today i tried this cookie.i t came out really good..very tasty..thank you..can you please post butter cookie recipe which is white in color and just melts in the mouth..

  11. Archana says:

    Hi Shailaja,

    I have tried most of your recipes and they all were really great.
    The pictures in the recipes are so eye catching that I will be tempted to try them …
    BTW I am planning to buy a oven to try out your cakes nd cookies recipes for my 3 yr old kid…
    Can you plz let me know the details of the oven which you use for baking?

  12. krithiga says:

    hi sailu, i tried this cookie..it came out really good..! thank you very much..! i was doing lots and lots of research on this cookie..but somehow i would burn them or it wont cook..but i followed the way you did..surprisingly it came out good..thanks for sharing…

  13. raj says:

    hello,

    Is powdered sugar the same as icing sugar?

  14. raj says:

    oh boy,

    what is powdered sugar then?

  15. Raj says:

    Hello,

    I am confused, do you buy powdered sugar?

  16. Sailu says:

    I usually blend granulated sugar to a fine powder at home. I am not sure if powdered sugar is available in local stores here in Vizag. Abroad, it should be available.

  17. indhu says:

    hi,
    do i have to use a hand blender to mix sugar,butter and yogurt or can i just beat it with a big spoon to make it smooth?

  18. sanjana says:

    Dear Sailu garu,

    Is sooji a must in nan khatai..Cud u pls lemme know, as its difficult get in place we live..

    Thanks in advance!!

  19. Yamuna says:

    Hi sailu,
    I tried ur cookies today, it was simply superb.It came out excellent.Your measurements are perfect.But it took only 5-7 mins to bake.Anyway thanx for ur recipe.Keep posting more….

  20. Radhika says:

    Hi, Your recipes are way too good…n i love the way you present them..those tips that you mention in between are good catches for all learners like me…I like the cookies recipe. My son is 3 1/2 yrs old and has allergy towards gluten, Casein, so i got specially made maida and atta for him..but i don’t know how to make cookie or biscuits for him nor cakes…and i don’t have an oven. Would you be able to help me with some recipes…pls..

    Thank you!
    Radhika

  21. Poornimayyl says:

    hi sailu, i tried making these cookies..but they turned out very very hard…my cookies always turn out rock hard..what should i do to get soft cookies like the bought ones? i tried reducing the baking time to just 10mts..but those were tasting just like dough but the edges turned brown…can u pls give me some tips

    • Lakshmi Jyothi says:

      From my experience – If you are using a dark colored baking pan, it is advised to lower the temperature and make the baking time a little longer. If you notice the directions on readymade cake mixes, they suggest the same. ex for muffins: 325F instead of 350F and 31 min instead of 25 min for darker colored muffin pans. Apply similar lower temperature applicable for cookies and try with a small batch. good luck.
      Lakshmi Jyothi

    • Lakshmi Jyothi says:

      From my experience – If you are using a dark colored baking pan, it is advised to lower the temperature and make the baking time a little longer. If you notice the directions on readymade cake mixes, they suggest the same. ex for muffins: 325F instead of 350F and 31 min instead of 25 min for darker colored muffin pans. Apply similar lower temperature applicable for cookies and try with a small batch. good luck.
      Lakshmi Jyothi

  22. cece says:

    hope its a good recipe

  23. cece says:

    hope it doesnt turn out hard….

  24. Shweta says:

    Hi :) I tried this recipe yday and it came out really well :) thanku so much :) this was my first cookie baking experience and I just loved to see the output :)

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