Besan Nankhatai/Gram Flour cookies

Nankhatais are the traditional short bread kind of cookies which is popular in India.These cookies are made out of a combination of gram flour,all purpose flour and semolina with butter or ghee with the flavor of cardamom.I got this recipe from one of my neighbor's MIL long back(may be 5years),I have been baking these cookies years and always comes out perfect.Today is the last day of blogging marathon#11,now on to the recipe....


Besan/gram flour/kadalamaavu1/2cup
All purpose flour(maida)1/3cup
Salta pinch
Baking sodaa generous pinch
Cardamom powder1/2tsp
Almonds and pistachios(sliced)2tsp to garnish


                    Mix in together all the flours,baking soda,salt and cardamom powder.Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Now cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy,add in the flour mixture and mix it well to make a soft dough.
Now divide the dough into equal portions and smooth out each portion and make a round ball then slightly flatten it.Make a cross with a knife or fork on the flatten dough.
Press few pieces of nuts gently.Arrange it on a greased or lined baking try and bake it for 10-12 minutes or golden color at 375 F.Cool it on a wire rack.
Store it in an air tight container.

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Also sending this to Bake Fest#2,Let's Cook-Baked Goodies,Christmas delicacy.


the jar looks so good stacked with goodies, lovely recipe.

Wow love these..they look so cute!..glad you joined us for the BM..

Nice cookies Nalini! You are becoming a cookie specialist! :)

Wow gram flour cookies,thats looks fabulous..Beautifully baked cookies tempts me a lot..Happy New year wishes dear..

Such pretty nankatais!!! Hapy new year Nalini ;)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Nalini, I love that you made these with besan flour!! Well done. Happy New Year to you and all the best wishes are sent your way. :)

They look so lovely. I have never tried them with besan, must try your version.

Very neat presentation...Cookies luks so good..



Lovely twist to all purpose flour cookies,looks crunchy!!
Wishing you a Happy New Year !!

fabulous recipe... looks delicious...

dear Nalini..

Wish u and family a very Happy New Year 2012..

So yummy n crunchy cookies!
Wish u happy 2012....

happy new year delicious nankhatai

Nankhatai look absolutely delicious.

wow...they look so delicious and a great recipe Nalini...thanks for sharing..

Spicy Treats
OnGoing Event ~ Dish It Out-Brinjal n Garlic

Wow!.Yum Yum Besan Cookies.Delish clicks.

hi I got a crumbled dough. dunnu wat mistake i had done. could u plz tell me whtr i can add water to get a soft dough

Hi Ganga Manian,

Just sprinkle couple of tbs of milk and knead it..

smelled and tasted like raw besan. how to get rid of that flavor?

Usually the besan gets cooked while baking and there won't be any besan smell..I have been baking these cookies years,never felt the raw smell...
To get rid of the small,dry roast the besan in slow flame without changing the color and add it once its completely cool down...Hope this would help.

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