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Nan Khatai

Indian Naankhatai
Naankhatai are Indian eggless cookies flavoured with cardamom (elaichi) and/or saffron (kesar).  Generally ghee/clarified butter is used for making nankhatai, but I have used butter. 

Ingredients:
All purpose flour/Maida - 1 cup
Dessicated (Dry) Coconut - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter - 1/4 pound
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 2 pods
Pistachios/Pista - 5

Method:
1. In a microwave safe big bowl, add butter.  Microwave for about a minute or till butter melts.  Let the butter cool slightly.
2. Crush cardamom seeds to a fine powder in a mortar pestle.  Finely chop pistachios.
3. In another bowl, add all purpose flour, dessicated coconut, baking soda and cardamom powder.  Mix well with a spoon.  Keep these dry ingredients aside.
4. Grind sugar crystals in a dry blender jar to a coarse powder.  Add sugar to the butter and mix well with a spoon till sugar dissolves.  I used a hand blender.
5. Now add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mix.  Mix with a spoon or hands to form the cookie dough. 
6. Divide the dough into 20 balls and slightly flatten them.  Place the cookies on a baking sheet each a few inches apart.  Top all the cookies with chopped pistachios.  You can use any of your favourite nuts instead of pistachios.
7. Preheat the oven at 350 deg. F.  Bake the cookies for 10 - 12 minutes or till the edges turn slightly brown.  Let the cookies cool for 5 - 10 minutes and crispy cruncy Nankhatai are ready to devour.

19 comments:

  1. Looks too good, perfect nankattais:):)

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  2. Hey thats so nice one....gr8 pics too...

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  3. hey uma ..nankhattai's looks so yummy ...best part is cookies r eggless n very easy to make it too ...i will surely try this

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  4. very cripy and superb cookies...loved ur new template.

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  5. Scrumptious naan khatai, looks awesome..

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  6. Cookies looks wonderful with crispy nuts on top.

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  7. Hmm,,,Eggless version cookie sounds great and looks nice dear sure it will taste good.

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  8. Nankhatai looks so perfect, i would love it with a cup of tea:-)

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  9. cookies sounds crisp n yummy..! Am going to delight my kid. Thanx Uma.

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  10. Looks crispy & perfect.Nice pic...

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  11. i love it ... pic perfect :)...looks delicious :)

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  12. looks gr8 Uma and love the new design esplly bigger pics!

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  13. hey uma perfect nan khatais. look so yummy

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  14. looks delicious...perfectly baked!

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  15. looks very nice...love to try them immediately....superb

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  16. Thanks Ms.Chitchat, Gayathri, Satya, Premalatha, Priya, Sridevi, Sathya, Umm Mymoonah, Jay, Madhura, Priya, Preeti, Kshipra, Sarah, Suman, Krishnaveni for the kind words :)

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  17. do u have more recipes of no egg,uma.anyhow this is a good recipe.

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  18. I'll be posting more eggless cookie recipes very soon :)

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