Cookies are kind of a quick fix to my “Now I need to bake something” phase.These days I feel like baking something almost every day.Baking cakes/breads definitely need some planning,the area in which I am a big 0 🙂 Cookies come to my rescue in such times,that too cookies like nan khatai comes together literally in minutes.Nan khatai is our very own Indian biscuits made with maida and gramflour.It is a simple buttery, hard to mess up cookie,which can be whipped up in a jiffy. Though the recipe is very simple,the finished cookie is a delicate,flavorful cookie with that royal touch of saffron and you would want to keep munching one after other.Usually baking powder is not added for this but I added 1/4 teaspoon just to be on safer side.Crumbly,flaky and melt in mouth nan khatai is beset served when still warm with tea.
Nan khatai recipe
Star ingredientsAll purpose flour/maida and gram flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup gram flour
100 grams molten butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4+1/4 teaspoon saffron
1/4 cup almonds+pistachios
2 tablespoons milk
1.Soak 1/4 teaspoon saffron in 2 tablespoons milk and set aside.
2.Roast almonds,pistachios and 1/4 teaspoon and crush to a coarse powder.
3.Preheat oven to 180C.
4.Take all the ingredients including powdered nuts and knead to a dough.If you feel the dough is very tight add 1 more teaspoon milk
5.Pinch small balls from the dough and shape into cookies
6.Arrange in a greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes
7.Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.Serve warm/store airtight.
1.Gram flour along with butter adds a wonderful flavor and taste in this recipe,however you can choose to use only all purpose flour
2.Substitute ghee instead of butter if you wish
3.You can add 1/4 teaspoon powdered cardamom too.