Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nan Khatai

When I urgently needed the recipe for Nan Khatai to take as a gift when visiting a relative, I came across this recipe. It turned out the way I used to make earlier on and had lost the recipe. Thanks, Vaishali, for sharing your MIL's much coveted recipe here - she sounds like my mom who has her own rules for cooking. I am not complaining - we have always got some terrific food out of her kitchen! :)

Makes approx. 20 biscuits (as shown in pic)
  • 1 cup White flour (Maida)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (White sugar is also ok)
  • Ground Cardamom Powder - 1 tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tbsp Ghee (I used home-made Ghee from butter)


  • Mix the dry ingredients - Flour, Sugar, Cardamom Powder, Baking Powder and Salt.
  • Add the Ghee (preferably room temperature) to the above. Knead the dough - it will be like the dough meant for roti\paratha, slightly more wet. Keep it aside for a few mins to an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 180°C).
  • Divide the dough into 20 equal portions. Shape those portions into oval shape balls. Place an almond or any other nut of choice as decoration.
  • Arrange them on the baking sheet giving them enough space to expand and bake evenly.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for approx 15 minutes. Keep a close watch for the first batch coz every oven differs and you don't want to burn the nan khatais.
  • Take them out of the oven immediately and let them cool. I move them to a different tray to stop the baking process sooner.
  • Store in an air-tight container if you manage to keep some for later. ;)

Enjoy the snacking!

Update on 04/13/2012:

This  goes to Surabhi's event "Let's Part Every Month" with this month's theme being "Snacks".The event page is here. Check out all the wonderful posts her event has received!


Kavi said...

Wow, these Nan Khatais look amazing!! :) Great recipe. :)
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Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wasnt this we all looked forward to during the summer breaks. My mom and aunt used to make them often... oooh love it...

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Pragyan said...

@Kavi - Thanks! They taste yumm and are gone in no time!

@Somoo - Same here! Ma also used to make them fresh - I also remember getting from this store in Bapuji Nagar - wonder if it is still around? They used to have the cookies neatly stacked in glass jars. Also it used to be in a store near the gas station near Capital Market - that store has been long gone unfortunately!

@Follow Foodie - Thanks for visiting! Have followed you as well - nice blog of yours! :)

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