The Best Nankhatais or Indian shortbread cookies/biscuits/snack ever !

My hubby has an upcoming official trip planned for Los Angeles for 5 days. He is going to have a whirl wind schedule and I am worried that he might skip his breakfast intentionally or unintentionally, whatever! Hence, I decided to bake and pack a bunch of his most loved, most favorite Indian shortbread cookies/biscuits - Nankhatais.

These are my first ever batch of perfect Nankhatais and I am elated with its's melt in the mouth texture and mouth-watering taste - I am totally in love with them, these will definitely be my regular to go cookies/biscuits because they are so easy to make once you master the right technique 
Nankhatais are well-loved snack cookies or rather to say an all-time favorite in many Indian homes. I grew up eating them and when I took out the freshly baked batch from my oven the lovely aroma filled my home and brought back a large part of my childhood days!

It's astonishing and so true that an aroma can trigger and bring back so many latent memories of a life once lived. I feel glad that I tried making them because who doesn't like to be deported back in time and relive those innocent childhood days once again. So cheers to those lovely childhood days very well spent and a big cheers to my superhit Nankhatais, do try out the recipe and let me know how you liked them in the comment box.

130 grams Plain white Flour
62 grams GramFlour 30 grams Semolina ( If the semolina is of coarse texture just blend it in your blender for a few seconds) 80 grams Sugar. 1 pinch Salt 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder ( you may increase or decrease the amount according to your taste) 115 grams Clarified butter or ghee. Pistachios or almonds for garnish.

*In a bowl sieve the white flour, gram flour, semolina, sugar, salt & cardamom powder and whisk well.
*Pour in the clarified butter in semi liquid form and form into a dough. Divide into equal portions. *Grease your hands with a small amount of clarified butter take one portion of the dough and shape into round ball, slight press and flatten to give it a cookie shape, make little indentations with the help of your finger or a cross design with the help of a skewer and garnish with chopped nuts.
*Place them on the baking tray lined with parchment paper, leave some room for them to expand. *Bake in a preheated oven for 15-18 mins at 320 Degrees F.
*Allow them to cool completely before removing them to the cooling rack.
* Enjoy!

*They are very fragile when hot. Allow them to completely cool down in the baking tray.
*It's very important to form a dough with the batter for flawless cookie surface.


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    1. Thanks a lot Sandhya for stopping by :)

  2. Delicious and yummy nankhatai. I just love them and difficult to stop at one. They r so addicitive