Light and flaky Nankhatai recipe that is flavored with cardamom and vanilla. An egg-free Indian shortbread recipe that will just melt away in your mouth!
Does this recipe rings a bell? Nankhatai Recipe from your favorite bakery shop. Growing up, we had a famous bakery shop in our neighborhood and the aroma of their freshly baked bread, warm pies and pastries would fill the air.
The heavenly smell of cinnamon rolls, muffins and cookies would lure us into that shop.
The sight of all their baked delights made me drool and my dad and I never left the bakery shop without buying nankhatais. Everything is still so fresh in my memory after all these years. Feeling nostalgic. 😕
WONDERING WHAT DOES KHASTA MEAN?
Khasta is a term used for ‘light and flaky shortbread cookies’ and this nankhatai/ shortbread or biscuits are perfectly –
- crumbly and
- incredibly delicious!
The cookies aren’t too sweet and are perfect for any occasion!
SECRET TO A CRISPY NANKHATAI RECIPE!
This is a straightforward shortbread recipe that uses 5 basic ingredients that can be easily found in your pantry.
Additionally, it uses no baking soda and baking powder. Surprised and does this make you walk away from the recipe?
Please wait and learn the secret to this khasta Nankhatai recipe.
The secret is that no liquid/moisture is added to this Nankhati. No moisture means no water or milk.
The less the liquid in the cookies it easier for the liquid to evaporate during baking, hence producing crispier Nankhatai.
NOW ONTO THE RECIPE!
This is a super easy and fail proof Nankhatai Recipe that has been tested and tried many times in my kitchen. It requires no fancy ingredients or complicated steps.
It’s a one bowl recipe where we begin by creaming butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the dry ingredients with sugar-butter mix and knead until forms a soft pliable dough.
Shape the dough like logs. Wrap it well in a wax paper and chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.
WHY CHILL THE COOKIE DOUGH?
The answer is simple –
Chilling the dough solidifies the fat (butter) in the cookies. So when we bake these chilled cookies, the solidified fat/butter takes time to melt and during baking whatever steam is released it puffs up the dough and the cookie spreads out less and becomes flaky.
And if we start baking the dough without chilling, the fat (butter) will melt right away resulting into spread out flat and greasy cookies.
Butter has a low melting temperature which allows the unchilled cookie to spread much more during baking resulting in falt cookies.
Bake these goodies for 12- 15 minutes. Depending on the oven, cooking time may vary.
Unlike other cookies, nankhatais will not brown up and when taken out of the oven, they will still be soft and gooey.
No worries, allow them to sit for 5-10 minutes on the counter and they will become firm. When completely cooled, store in an airtight container and enjoy with your evening tea!!
POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND!
- Please do not cut back on butter for this recipe. Fat is the backbone of this recipe.
- After the nankhatais are shaped, put a cross on them as shown above. Why make a cut on cookies? It helps the cookies to expand during baking.
Do give this Nankhatai Recipe a try and if you happen to make it then share a yum picture or leave a comment below. Would love to hear from you.
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