Nankhatai /Indian Short bread Cookies

Nankhatais are mouth melting short bread cookies popular in India and Pakistan.There are so many versions of nankhatais available and already I have shared a version here.

Coming to the recipe it uses ghee and flavored with cardamom powder.These cookies are so yummy and mouth melting,perfect with a cup of tea.This recipe is off to Bake-A-Thon .

                                                                 Nankhatai/Indian Flavored Cookies

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 12-14 minutes
   Makes ~ 15 cookies


All purpose flour/maida
Powdered sugar
1/2 cup
1/2 cup
Baking powder
1/4 tsp 
Salt1/8 tsp
Cardamom powder/ellakai1/4 tsp
Pistachios(coarsely powdered)4-5 (for granishing)

  • In a bowl take the all purpose flour,powdered sugar,salt,baking powder and cardamom powder,mix it well.

  • To this add the the ghee and mix it well.Now it looks crumbly.

  • Now with hands gently knead it well to dough without adding any water or milk.Now divide the dough to 15 equal portions.Smooth out each portion and slightly flatten it, arrange it on a lined baking tray.With a knife make a cross on the flatten dough.

  • Meanwhile preheat the oven at 375F.Keep the pistachios on top of the cross.Bake it in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or till the cookies become nice and golden color at the top.

  • After cooling store it in an air tight container.Serve with tea.

  • Do not add any water while mixing the flour,if you feel the dough is slightly loose keep it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes
  • Here I didn't flatten the dough much,if you want you can flatten it and make.
  •  Finely chopped almond or cashews can be topped..


Bake-a-thon 2015 


Super like, my all time favourite cookies, you nailed them prefectly..

Love Nankhatai Cookies!! I can smell the aroma of ghee and cardamom. These cookies looks so perfect, Nalini! Wish you could send me some.. ;)

love the texture - cookies look both pretty and delicious

Nan khatai have turned out so beautiful .Beautifully presented as well.

Yummy looking nankhatais Nalini. So crumbly & addictive.

Reminds me of my childhood when we ate these in dozens. Yours have turned out beautifully.

What a lovely texture those nakhatais have Nalini..beautiful clicks.

Awesome texture nalini! Perfect for the festive season! !

Awesome texture nalini! Perfect for the festive season! !

Cookies flavorful and aromatic. Cardamom lends a nice aroma to the cookies.

Delicious cookies, I always wanted to make these but never got to do it. Bookmarked.

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