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Nan Khatai Biscuits - Food of Pakistan

Nan Khatai Biscuits - Food of Pakistan

Dec 10, 2021

Nankhatai is a popular and traditional Pakistani cookie that is enjoyed by both children and adults. 

It is mostly used as a teatime cookie and is readily accessible in most Indian bakeries. Nankhatai are shortbread cookies or biscuits from Pakistan. Nankhatai are shortbread cookies made with all-purpose flour, sugar, and ghee (clarified butter) or butter in Pakistan.

Nan Khatai Cookies :

Nan khatai are Indian and Pakistani cardamom-flavored shortbread biscuits or cookies. They have a buttery melt-in-your-mouth flavour and a light crumbly texture because they are made with ghee, wheat, chickpea flour (besan), and almonds. With a cup of chai, of course. This recipe is inspired by Pakistani nan khatai in the Khalifa style.

Nan Khatai

What is Nan Khatai ?

It's only reasonable to name a Nan Khatai a Pakistani Shortbread Cookie because it has all of the features of a shortbread biscuit. Nankhatai is a combination of the Persian words "naan" (bread) and "khatai" (biscuit).

Nan Khatai Recipe :

Nan khatai, also known as naan khatai or nankhatai, are cardamom-flavored biscuits from India. Nan khatai is a combination of the Persian words naan, which means bread, and khatai, which means biscuit. The biscuits' texture is akin to shortbread, with a buttery melt-in-your-mouth crumbliness. They're popular in both India and Pakistan. Despite its buttery flavour, nan khatai are cooked with ghee (clarified butter).

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins Serving: 8

Nan Khatai Recipe

Ingredients :

125 grammes maida or 0.8 cup all-purpose flour.

40 grammes gramme flour or 0.2 cup gramme flour (besan).

0.4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda.

a quarter teaspoon of baking powder.

20 grammes sooji (fine rava or cream of wheat) or 1.6 tbsp sooji.

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder (1.6 to 2.4 pinches) or 1.6 to 2.4 pinches grated nutmeg (jaiphal powder).

0.4 teaspoon powdered cardamom.

80 grammes 0.4 cup semi-solid ghee or butter at room temperature.

0.4 cup sugar (100-110 grammes) or 2/3 cup powdered sugar or icing sugar, or to taste.

dahi, 0.4 tablespoon (yogurt).

0.8–1.6 tablespoons milk.

a handful of almonds or chironji (charoli).

nan Khatai

How to make Nan Khatai?

Follow these simple steps to make Nan Khatai at home.

Instructions:

Making Nankhatai Mixture:

In a grinder, finely powder the sugar.
Then, using an electric mixer or a blender, whip the ghee and powdered sugar together. You can alternatively use a food processor to make the cream.

  • The consistency of the mixture should be smooth, light, and creamy.

  • Sift together the all-purpose flour, besan (gramme flour), baking powder, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Set aside the sifting dry ingredients.

  • To the creamed ghee+sugar mixture, add curd (yoghurt). Mix thoroughly.

  • Now add the dry ingredients that have been sifted. Add the sooji (rava or cream of wheat), cardamom powder, and nutmeg powder to the mix as well.

  • Mix everything together gently. Do not knead the dough.

Making Nankhatai :

Simply combine the ingredients and knead into a homogeneous dough. If the ingredients is crumbly and won't come together to form a dough, add 1 to 3 tablespoons milk.

Form a dough by lightly combining the ingredients.

Pinch the dough into medium-sized balls.

In your palms, roll them evenly. Flatten them somewhat. On top, lightly press chironji or almonds.

You can also use a fork or toothpick to form criss cross designs on the nankhatai.

Baking Nankhatai :

In a baking tray, place the nankhatai.

As they grow while baking, leave some space between them.

Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake the nankhatai for 20-25 minutes, or until light golden.

  • Remove them from the oven and lay them on wire racks to cool.
  • When the nankhatai has cooled, put it in an airtight container.

Nan Khatai with tea

Notes :

Keep an eye on the temperature of your oven when baking because it varies depending on the model. If the nankhatais aren't fully done, bake them for a few minutes longer.

To make nankhatai in microwave oven :

The microwave mode of the microwave oven cannot be used to create nankhatai. If your microwave oven includes a convection option, you can make them in the microwave oven using the convection setting (option). 

Pre-heat the microwave oven in convection mode for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Then, in a preheated microwave oven on convection setting at 180 degrees Celsius, bake the nankhatai for 15-20 minutes, or until light golden.

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