As a child, every visit to a bakery would mean coming back with a bag full of eggless cookies popularly known as naan khatai to pair with our evening tea or often eaten as a snack. In fact we don’t even call our cookies, cookies. They are addressed as biscuits if you ever visit a local bakery back home, mainly influenced by years of British colonial rule. What’s a naan khatai you ask? They are famous Indian biscuits made from clarified butter and flavored with cardamom for an extra zing. Naan khatai follows a similar procedure to making a short bread cookie and is egg-less as is the case with most Indian sweets and desserts. A little bit of jam or a garnishing of dry fruits adds a finishing touch.

There was a time when I was addicted to them and repeatedly ate a larger one everyday, without feeling an ounce of guilt. Not only are these delicious to eat, the scent from naan khatai is extra ordinary. There have been times, I have mainly baked them to fill my house with a whiff of biscuits baking in the oven. And now see the same addiction in my little one too – he loves eating them on the go!

These biscuits are a breeze to make. It literally takes a maximum of 5 minutes to put the ingredients together and it then sits in the oven to transform into fragrant soft biscuits. They are light and delicate, so ideal with a cup of chai or coffee. Or just to snack on. Also perfect when you have midnight hankerings when you are craving something sweet. 

 

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Naan Khatai
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Indian eggless cookies 

Course: Baking
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Tasneem Rajkotwala
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup gram flour ,roasted in a dry pan
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/3 cup almonds and pistachio slivers , for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 180 Degrees C and line the baking tray with parchment paper or grease with butter/ghee.

  2. In a bowl of stand mixer or using your blender, cream ghee and powdered sugar until light and smooth. 

  3. Add the dry ingredients {all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and gram flour to the ghee sugar mixture and knead into a smooth dough. 

  4. Pinch a tablespoon of dough and roll it evenly between your palms.Slightly flatten them and press down a little with your thumb. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

  5. Place the prepared naan khatais into the tray keeping about an inch space between them. Garnish with slivered pistachios and almonds and bake for 25-30 minutes until light golden. Cool down the naan khatais before serving. 

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