Nankhatai is a shortbread cookie from India. It is very close to ‘Pecan Sandies’ in United States. It is made from flour, sugar, clarified butter and nuts.
1 cup All purpose flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup ghee
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cardamom powder
Sieve all purpose flour, baking soda and cardamom powder.
Blend the sugar and ghee till smooth.
Add the sieved ingredients to the sugar-ghee mixture. The dough should be kneaded well for at least 7-8 mts. If the dough is not stiff enough to roll out into balls, add a few tbsps of cold milk and chill for a few minutes.
Pinch dough and shape into small balls and slightly flatten. Garnish with almonds or pista.
Place on a greased tray.
Pre heat oven for 15 mts, bake at 180 C for about 20-22 mts. Once baked, the cookie will feel soft on touch. Remove from oven and cool and the cookies will harden.
Cool the nankhatais and store in airtight container.