Nankhatai- Indian Shortbread Cookies or Biscuits

Nankhatai can be called as Indian shortbread cookies or biscuits. I guess we all have grown up eating them rather than those so-called-cookies. It is a very popular Indian sweet cum snack recipe. Everyone enjoys it during tea time or just munch it whenever you are hungry.

You will find varieties of Nankhatai recipes or recipes which have used combination of ingredients. This one is particularly close to my heart and one of my favourite biscuits because I have learned this from my Maa. She makes yummy-crunchy and melts in mouth Nankhatai biscuits.

So this time when she was making them, I thought why not give it a try andΒ experiment a little bit. Maa and me decided to make 2 batches. One will be baked on a Non-Stick Tava and another batch will be baked in Microwave. Basically we want to see what will be difference in the cooking process and also how the taste differs if its baked on Tava and Microwave.

Generally Nankhatai is round in shape, but this time I thought why not make them cute and all funky πŸ˜›

Baking is L.O.V. E and what interests me more is buying baking products and accessories online. Online shopping has made our life so easy, almost everything is now at our finger tips. Being a small town girl, online shopping has given me the opportunity to try new things and explore the market sitting at my home. One of the perks of online shopping is you can buy products even if its 2 am and you are in your Pyjamas sipping that hot cuppa tea πŸ˜‰

Now being a Marwari, I always look up for Coupons and Discounts whenever I shop online. One of the awesomest website for deals and offers by which I swear by isΒ 27coupons.com. Its absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It guides you, gives you information regarding coupons and discounts at one place.

Just visit, browse and voila- you have zillion deals waiting for you to shop till you drop or till you get zillion bubble wraps waiting for you to burst them πŸ˜‰ *Another perk of shopping online* – Yes- BUBBLE WRAPS

With the help ofΒ 27coupons.comΒ I have shopped crazy amount of Kitchen Appliances, Baking supplies, baking accessories and cooking books. It has saved my time, money and yeah- energy! πŸ˜›

For this recipe I have used couple of products which I have bought usingΒ 27coupons.comΒ website. It was a crackling deal and I got all my products handy and has saved my money.

I have these cute heart shaped cookie cuttersΒ and Non-Stick Tava which I have bought from Amazon.inΒ using the coupon from 27coupons.com.Β Also I have bought my Samsung Microwave from Amazon.inΒ few years back. Since then there was no turn back, and Baking became my first Love

Lets get into some non-serious baking!

Print Recipe
Nankhatai
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
piece
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Maida All Purpose Flour / - / Katori
  • 1/2 cup Sugar Powdered - /Katori
  • 6 tablespoon Ghee Melted
  • Pistachios (Finely Chopped) - Garnish
  • optional Cardamom Green powder
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
piece
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Maida All Purpose Flour / - / Katori
  • 1/2 cup Sugar Powdered - /Katori
  • 6 tablespoon Ghee Melted
  • Pistachios (Finely Chopped) - Garnish
  • optional Cardamom Green powder
Instructions
  1. Powder the sugar in a grinder.
  2. Mix Maida and Powdered sugar in a thali.
  3. Slowly add the melted ghee and incorporate it with maida and sugar mixture.
  4. Make a soft and smooth dough. There should be no cracks.
  5. Now take a plastic sheet. Place a big ball of dough. Put another plastic sheet over it.
  6. With the help of Belan or rolling pin, roll out the dough. Do not roll it too thin.
  7. With the help of cookie cutter, shape them. I have made them in heart shape.
  8. Garnish it with Pistachios on the top. Press the pistachios gently so that it gets stick to the Nankhatai.
  9. Take out the excess dough from the sides. Make a big dough again and repeat the process
  10. Also if you do not want any shape, you can make small round balls of the dough, slightly flatten them. And bake.
  11. Baking on Non-stick Tava
  12. Place 5-10 pieces of the heart shaped nankhatai on your Non-Stick Pan. Let it bake on sim heat for about 15-20 minutes. Do not turn it over. Once you see a beautiful little-golden brown color at the bottom. Its done.
  13. One thing I have noticed, the Non-stick Tava baked Nankhatai will not be that golden from the top. {See Pic down below}
  14. Baking in Microwave
  15. Preheat the microwave for 3-5 minutes at 200 degree on Convection mode.
  16. Take a Microwave safe plate. Arrange the Nankhatai.
  17. Bake it for 20 minutes on Convection mode at 180-200 degrees.
  18. Once done, you will see a beautiful color on both the top and at the bottom.
  19. With the same dough we have made Nankhatai on Tava and in microwave. Though the color is different for both, it tastes almost same.
  20. Store it in an air tight container. Munch it away! πŸ˜€
Recipe Notes

Happy Baking

Divya

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