Thursday, 12 April 2007

My take on Nankhatai....


Nankhatai is one cookie I am fond of, not only is it eggless, but very simple to make. I have my own version though. Instead of pure desi ghee, I used unsalted melted butter.

I made these without the cardamom this time, my kids like them plain, and rolled in some turbinado sugar.

Try dunking these in Chai the next time around....it's a perfect tea-time snack.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 cup- All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp- Baking powder
  • 1/2 cup - Melted unsalted butter (use desi ghee, if you like)
  • 1/2 cup - Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp - Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tbsp- Turbinado Sugar to roll the cookies in(optional)
Sift the baking powder and the all purpose flour together. Set aside. Combine Vanilla extract,sugar, and the melted butter. Mix really well until frothy and creamy....this is important. Now add the flour mix. Knead well into a firm dough. Roll into a thick flatbread and cut out round thick shapes using a cookie cutter. Roll the cut dough into some turbinado sugar if you like and place on a lined cookie sheet. You can use cashews, almonds or pistachios to to top off the cookie if you like instead of the Turbinado sugar. Turbinado sugar is essentially raw cane sugar and is brown in color. You can find it in specialty stores.

For a Desi Variation: Use Ghee in place of butter, Wheat flour in place of All-purpose flour, add a teaspoon of Cardamom powder, a teaspoon of Saffron, and about 2-3 tbsps of Pistachio powder in the flour mix.

Bake at 375F for around 20-25 minutes until golden. Enjoy them while hot as is, or dunked in some hot tea or coffee! The taste is wonderful....light, airy and buttery-perfect egg less indulgence.

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29 comments:

musical said...

Hey, those nan-khatais look yummy. Shaam ki chai ke liye thodi bhejo :)

these are my all time favorite cookies. this and the jeera-ajwain small biscuits with chai means bliss :))

Shavige upma-i made it day before: for dinner :) I think its high time to start an upma fan club :)

hugs,
surili

Seema said...

Trupti, Nan Katai was the first sweet I tried all by myself and you can hardly go wrong with this traditional recipe isn't it? I loved the way you shaped them and I have never tried using vanilla to this. Thanx for sharing.

Mallugirl said...

i didn't know it had no eggs.is the same thing also made with jeera in it?as a spicy version?

Anonymous said...

Thats the one thing that I always missed over here, alright we can get from the store but its different (not the same we get it back HOME). Wonderful work Trupti. You are an ace.

Samir

Richa said...

hey, loved your nankhatai. It is such a simple process to get such good results, right! mara naniji bau swad nankhatai banavta hata, as kids we used to sit in the kitchen & watch her make it. amey oven khulwani vaat jota hata kay kyare nankhatai taste kariye.
I liked your recipe a lot, will try with desi ghee ;-)
thanks

USHA said...

Hi Trupti,

Nanakhatai looks great.I'l try for sure,as i got all ingredietns ready to bake myself at home these days.

Kajal said...

Hi Trupti,
Nice presentation with desi ghee.
You children are really lucky.
I also made Tuvar Daal but I do not use kokum but I taste with kokum it is really very tasty. Good recipe of Tuver Lilva with eggplant.
Thanks for sharing.:)

Coffee said...

You said that right..... perfect eggless indulgence!!!!!!
Mane su vichaar ave che khabar che??? Job chodi ne full time cook bani jau mara ghare!!!!!!! Atleast I will be able to make these wonderful things!!!! Weekdays.... kai takataj na hoi and weekends...... khali aaram karva nu man thay!!!! GGGGGGRRRRRRR....... I am jealous of you!!!!!!

Coffee said...

BTW.... Havent seen you online in a long time???!!!

Sandeepa said...

Trupti, the way you are going I will expand just by looking at these posts
I love nankhatai. These look perfect too

Sushma said...

Dear Trupti,

I had been out of town for few days..thanxs so much for asking...and I think I missed a lot in the food blogging world...

Just wanted to be curious do you ship the goodies you cook..( maybe you should start thinking on those lines )... Nankhatai looks delicious and i love them with tea...

archana said...

Trupti,nankhatais are looking damn good.The shape and colour looks perfect and I know the taste too must be perfect :)Hot nankhatais :b....I can finish off all of them .Are there any left ?

Meeta said...

They look like cookies in Germany called "Heidesand" They certainly look great. I'd like to grab a few!

Sneha said...

Trupti,
Those look delicious!

Asha said...

Looks like Eggless butter cookies! I have recipe for butter cookies,will post some times.I will make these yummies,my kids don't like cardamom flavor but love vanilla.

Good one T.Have a great weekend:)

Manasi said...

Perfect!! I love nankhatai... ur version looks very yummy!!
One query... when i made nankhatai, i used melted buter and the cookies were a sad mess,the results were good with softened butter, so... my qtn. is do u melt the butter, let it cool and use or take it out of the microwave and use it when warm?

Manjula said...

Nice twist to the nan katai. Flat round shapes makes them look very different. I make my nan katai with wheat flour(Indian atta)

trupti said...

Hi all..thanks for your comments!

Mallugirl: I think you can add jeera, but halve the amount of sugar, add a tbsp of salt to balance out the sweetness.

Manasi: yes, let the butter come to room temp. I melted it beforehand while I assembled all the ingredients...and it was ready to be used by then. Stirring it while the mixture becomes really frothy also helps to bring it to proper temperature.

Vcuisine said...

The cookies are so nice Trupti as you said so easy to prepare also. Will try surely. But except us no one is there to eat :) Tks for sharing. Viji

sunita said...

Nankhatai...yummmm...I absolutely adore them...I could never have enough of them...can I grab some now...

Mallugirl said...

thanks for the tip on the jeera nankhatai. i will try it now.

anusharaji said...

thats absolutely mouth watering
and egg less
thats wow
thx

Kads said...

Trupthi ,
Thanks a lot for this recipe.I was searching the recipe.Wow its like you have peeped into my mind.Looks great..hmm ..mouth is watering can i have a bite

Sreelu said...

Trupti,

I love nan kathai, i always wanted to try one. thanks for the recipe .will try it out this weekend and update you.

Rest well and hope you feel better

Pelicano said...

Those are grand-looking cookies Trupti- like the plate they are on as well.

rv said...

hi trupti, first time on ur blog, thanks for the recipe for nankhatai, was searching for a foolproof recipe, urs seem very nice and easy , will try and let u know :)

Anonymous said...

hey Trupti..came across ur nankhatai recipe ..I tried it but within 2 min of putting in oven it started getting brown /black and I had to take them out.In mine version I didnt roll them in turbino surgar..please suggest ..pooja

rv said...

Tried your recipe (its in my blog) and it came out really well, though the shape is not so perfect as yours :) ....Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

This recipe is great! I'm new to your blog and I am thoroughly enjoying browsing through all the great recipes. You're inspiring me to get back into the kitchen!

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