Chocolate Nankhatai

Chocolate Nankhatai

‘Mama, can you make chocolate cookies?’, asked my son as he walked out of the front door yesterday morning.

‘But you hardly ate any when I last made them!’

‘No, I like them. My friend gave me a chocolate cookie in school and it was very tasty. Please make the same ones for me also, Mama?’ he pleaded.

I smiled and assured him that he’d have his chocolate cookies once he’s back from school in the afternoon. He gave me a tight hug and off he went to school. After cooking lunch, I got down to baking Chocolate Nankhatai. Its the first time I added cocoa powder to Nankhatai dough and must say that they turned out exceptionally well. My son loved them and so did we adults. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chocolate Nankhatai Recipe

Preparation: 10 mts, Baking: 20-22 mts

Makes approx 18-20 cookies



2 cups all purpose flour (maida)

1/4 cup semolina/sooji

1 tbsp cocoa pwd

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

3/4 cup ghee or melted butter or oil

2 tbsps yogurt/curd

1 Sieve maida and baking soda.
2 Blend the sugar, ghee, vanilla essence 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. Divide into two parts.
3 Take one part of the dough and add cocoa pwd and knead till its well combined, add a little milk if required. Make small balls of this dough. Keep aside.
4 Pinch dough of the remaining dough and shape into small balls and roll each of them it into a thick cylindrical shape (snake shape).
5 Now place a cocoa flavored ball on the surface. Along the edges of this cocoa colored ball, roll the cylindrical shaped white dough and gently flatten.
6 Garnish with almonds or pista or cashews on top of each flattened ball 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.
7 Cool on a wire rack and store in airtight container.

Chocolate Nankhatai

Chocolate Nankhatai

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  maida
  •   semolina
  •   ghee
  •   cocoa powder
  •   sugar


Its the first time I added cocoa powder to Nankhatai dough and must say that the chocolate flavored Nankhatai turned out exceptionally well. My son loved them and so did we adults.
  • shanti

    Hi Sailu,
    These nankhatais seems to be very delicious and pics are too good. But can u pls tell me if there is an alternate way to bake them as i dont have oven at home. Please suggest.

  • Mrs Annam Senthil Kumar

    It sounds good, should taste good.

  • Suman Singh

    WOW..those cookies looks so beautiful and yumm!

  • Saritha

    Sailu… lovely recipe as always. Your son is lucky — he asks for home-made cookies in the morning and he gets them in the evening ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Priya Srinivasan

    Choco Centered Nankhatai looks yummy!!!!

  • aravinda

    very nice

  • meeso

    That looks sooooo yummy!

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

    Simply Gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • farida

    Hey Sailu,
    Yummy cookies i made plain nankhatai when u posted earlier they were really yummy….but they turned out very hard…what i remember i ate in India were much softer.Are these like this only hard or where must i have gone wrong? Should the butter be room temperature or should be lightly warm, or may be i need to mix the dough well(which i am sure i really did… i followed all ur steps strictly).Please advice.
    I love these very much.

    • Sailaja

      I think you have overbaked them beyond the required time. You need to remove them from the oven while they are still slightly soft on touch. They harden on cooling. Oven temperatures differ and through trial and error you can understand the baking timings for cakes and cookies.

  • Lavanya

    I must say thankyou for all the wonderful recepies that you blog i have used so many at home and they have become family faves which i make on a regular basis and most of all i like the few words of encouragement and wisdom that you write at the begining of each recepie, they really are inspiring and thought provoking.You do a wonderful job and i am so grateful for all the recipies.

  • Nishi

    Great recipe again Sailu!! Thanks!!

  • The Housewife

    Another one of your recipes I’m bookmarking again! ๐Ÿ™‚ The cookies look so adorable!

  • alina

    Hi Sailu, I saw your website recently and have been hooked to it….you put so much effort in your cooking and it really shows…hat off to you…i also wanted to ask if we get muffin pans, cookie cutters, cupcake liners etc in India now..I’m moving back to India from US and love baking so wondering whether to bring all these things from US or not.pls reply at your convenience. once again, happy cooking ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sailaja

      Almost everything required to bake is available here in India including measuring cups/spoons, cookie cutters, muffin pans, cupcake liners etc. Maybe you could get a few cake decorating supplies like piping bags/nozzles, cake turnable etc.

      • Alina

        Thanks for the reply Sailu…it really helped me as i didnt want to overload my bag…i have brought cake decorating kit and a few wilton cookie cutters so thats all i will bring now. Thanks once again.

  • Alisa

    The cookies look wonderful.

  • VikasK

    Hi Sailu,

    Need to check something not related to this recipe.

    Yesterday I went to Andhra Bhavan canteen in Delhi for lunch. They had a podi that was eaten with rice and ghee. My guess is that it was a dal podi and had garlic pieces (whole) in it. It was yum. I have had a variation in one of the restaurants in Chennai as well.

    Have you blogged the recipe for the same?

    • Sailaja

      I am yet to blog a podi recipe with garlic in it. Do check the ‘Spice Powders and Podi Recipes’ category, Vikas.

      • VikasK

        Thanks, have already checked there but didn’t find the exact thing. Will wait for you to blog it.

  • meena

    can u post as how many pieces will come in these type of receipes which will be more useful.

  • Anantha

    Hi Sailu Garu

    How are you doing? It has been along time (a week) you have posted on your webiste. Just wanted to check whats going on? Hope everything is alright at your end by gods grace. Your website rocks……..You are superb

    • Sailaja

      Am just recovering from a severe throat infection. Feel much better now. Thanks so much for your concern and good wishes, Anantha.

  • Priya

    Hi Sailu,

    I have been following your blog for a long time now, though I have never commented before.

    All these baked savories make my mouth water, I want to try them too. But I dont have a oven. Can you suggest which brand I can buy? All the electronic stores only have OTGs. Do you also have one of the OTGs or do you have a conventional oven? Would love to hear from you.


    • Sailaja

      I use an OTG (Murphy Richard)for all my baking.

  • Nivedita

    The same story is going on in my house. Let me try this and make my kid happy

  • Lakshmi

    Hi Sailu,

    I hope you are vacationing some place nice, or attending a long gathering with loved ones and enjoying life

    Please be well, wherever you are.

    • Sailaja

      Hi Lakshmi, thanks so much for your good wishes. I am just recovering from a severe throat infection. Feel much better and find the food palatable.

  • bhanu

    hi sailu, hws ur health now? ive tried ur receipe. bt instead of nankhatai its kind of choclate candy. vry crunchy. ive followed ur measures strictly. bt dnt knw wats wrong. i wanna make soft nankhatai’s jst lyk v gt 4rm d bakery. plz provide me nice receipe…waiting 4 ur rply..

  • Vimala gopalakrishnan

    good one..really tasty..

  • shannon williams

    Hey ๐Ÿ™‚ and is this a indian recipe yes?! because for my school practical i have to do a indian meal. So i am doing a curry and i want to use this because it looks interesting, but only as long as i know this is a real indian recipe?! ๐Ÿ™‚ reply asap

  • Reshma Oswal

    Good one… me and my husband enjoyed making it… just awesome… !!