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Nankhatai

submitted by Dahlia on 05-09-2011
(Nankatai, Butter Biscuits, Eggless Cookies)
Ingredients
All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Unsalted Butter/Ghee - 1/2 cup 
Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardomom Powder - 1/4 tsp
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Pistachios/Raisins/Cashews/Almond - for garnish
  
Method
1. Take a mixing bowl with the room temperature butter in it.  Add the powdered sugar to it and cream together till the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
2. Sift all the dry ingredients (flour, cardamom powder, baking powder and salt) into a seperate bowl.
3. Add this to the creamed butter mixture little at a time and keep mixing. Knead it to form a soft dough. Cover the dough and let it rest in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). Make small gooseberry sized balls of the dough. Smoothen the balls by rolling in between your palm. You can also use a cookie cutter to shape the cookies.
5. Place each ball in a cookie sheet. Leave some space in between as the cookies will expand when it bakes. If you want to make it more rich, press a pistachio or raisin or cashew or almond on top of the balls gently.
6. Bake at 300 degrees for 12-15 minutes until the bottom of the cookies turn light golden brown.
7. Remove from the oven and gently transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. The cookies will be very soft at this stage.
8. After it cools completely, store in an air tight container for upto a month. Serve as a snack with a cup of tea.
 
Variations
    - You can make ragi biscuits by using ragi flour instead of all purpose flour.
 

    - You can also add some 1 tblsp of cocoa powder along with the flour and make chocolate cookies.
 
 
 
      - For crunchy biscuits, replace 1 cup flour by 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup of rava and 1/4 cup crushed nuts.


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Comments (25)

Person   ()
Used to love eating Nankatai when growing in Goa. After many many many years I found the recipe. My mother used bake in an earthen vessel, the advent of eletcric ovens had not arrived.
Person   ()
super cookies
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Try it and enjoy!!
Person   ()
Nice cookies
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Thank you.
Person   ()
I love the recipes its so easy and simple to understand......
Person   ()
It makes me so happy to hear that.
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Nice
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Thank you.
Person   ()
Very delicious! I doubled the recipe and used baking soda and plain Greek yogurt to substitute for the baking powder,which might have slightly altered the outcome. Good nevertheless!
Person   ()
Good. :-)
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nice recipes
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Thank you.
Person   ()
Please write the cooking time in microwave
Person   ()
I haven't tried it. You can experiment by keeping one cookie for 30 seconds. For 4-5 cookies, try keeping for about 2 minutes.
Person   ()
Please teach me how to operate microwave in baking nankhatai..............
Person   ()
You have to bake it in the convection mode. First pre heat the oven and then bake it.
Person   ()
I am looking for resipe of cookies
Person   ()
Here are some cookies recipes for you to try out. http://simpleindianrecipes.com/Cookies.aspx
Person   ()
Looking so delicious don't know how it tastes
Person   ()
It literally melts in your mouth and tastes great!!! Try it..
Person   ()
how many cookies will this recipe make?
Person   ()
10-12
Person   ()
I would enjoy a history of the cookie, its religious significance, and what it is popular use.
Person   ()
hi pat, I'm not sure about the history of the cookies. Its a delicious, melt in your mouth type cookie available throughout India. It is a popular snack that is enjoyed with a cup of tea. Kids love to have it as a after school snack.
May be if someone one else can share the history if they know.

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