Monday, February 16, 2009

Nankhatai - A sweet indian cookie

Yippeee! My first successful attempt at baking from the scratch! :) This is really a very simple recipe, but when i saw the actual cookie and not just crumbs (a previous disaster, sigh!), my excitement had no bounds. I even forgot the amount of ghee that went into this recipe and ate some without feeling guilty. I started imagining myself baking all those fancy cakes and... I know, i sound silly and let me stop it here :)

I had this small piece of paper in my recipe collection (of bits of papers!) that had this recipe. I dont remember where i copied this recipe from, but it was really yummy.

Ingredients :
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1/2 cup ( i actually reduced little bit..it was between 1/3C and 1/2C. I just couldn't make my hand pour all the ghee that was required :))
Cardomom powder - a pinch (optional)
Baking soda - 1/4 spoon.


Method :
Mix all the ingredients well. It will be damp and no need to add water.
Divide them into equal sized portions and roll 'em into balls and flatten them between your palms. Place them in a baking pan covered with wax paper and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. When it is done, it'll have slight cracks on the top. My husband and my kids loved it. My kid ashu even said that he liked it better than Sandies cookies ;-)

I made it for my husband and kids and i'm sending this for Alka's Just For You event. I'm so glad she extended the deadline ;-)

41 comments:

Preety said...

congrats vibaas on your first atempt..cookies turned out perfect..baking id real fun..i know you will enjoy it in future also..HAPPY BAKING:)

Varunavi said...

Yummy cookies look so yummy.Thrice i failed in making cookies.
Let me try ur recipe

vidhas said...

Hey, Vidya Hope i will be the first one to comment on your first baked recipe. I think this is the neibiscuit we should say in tamil. Looks yummy, send me something. Ashu is really sweet.congrats and wish you to bake some cute cakes;-D

Sathya Sankar said...

love nankahtai !
my first attempt was a disaster too..i've been looking for a perfect recipe & found it here. Waiting to give a second attempt :)

Priya Sriram said...

Nankhatai looks simple and delicious! Nice one Vibaas!

Priya said...

Nankhatai looks delicious n prefectly baked vibaas, waiting eagerly to see more bakes from u soon...:)

Varsha Vipins said...

Vidhya..This is what I exactly experienced today..I bake a bread all of myself..can u believe it??n it was yummy too..now leme stop being pompous n talk abt ur Nankhattas..They look cute n yummy..All the best dear..lets move on with baking..:D

sowmya said...

they look perfect..

Madhumathi said...

Hi ..Im the first to comment today :)
The cookies look delicious..They look simple and neat..I could smell the ghee from here :)

Madhumathi said...

Hi ..Im the first to comment today :)
The cookies look delicious..They look simple and neat..I could smell the ghee from here :)

Akal's Saappadu said...

Hi Vibaas,

guess everything was over as soon as you finished baking?!! never ate Nankhatai, but the recipe is a bit like those crumbly nei biscuits (used to eat in india). with the amount of butter you've used, it must be terribly powdery and soft! yummy biscuits!

Alka said...

Thnks for yet another entry,u surely pep up my mood with every entry.
My hubby likes nankhatai too,though the one we get here looks like hot cross buns(a cross at the center)
Congrats on ur successful attempt,i am still waiting for my baby step(in baking) to begin:-)

Happy cook said...

I love nankatais, one of my fav indina biscuits which reminds me of home.
Your look yumm.

jeyashrisuresh said...

vidya i dont have a baking oven.I buy cookies from store only.But i love cookies like anything.I will have those more than my kids.good Attempt.

Asha said...

Congratulations! First baking and they look perfect. Now that, you tried one, get a bread recipe and bake! :))

Ann said...

wow,thats a quick make..i will try this as soon as possible;esp for kid..Thanks vibaas.

Vibaas said...

thanks so much for your lovely comments. i feel so encouraged :)

Usha said...

The cookies look delectable,an awesome first attempt :-)

Yasmeen said...

Scrumptious! hope you keep going with your tasty baking adventures:)

Akal's Saappadu said...

hi Vidya,

i've got something for you in my blog; just stop by a second!

Pavithra Kodical said...

Perfect cookie..Addition of ghee would make it tasty too..

Suma Rajesh said...

looks tempting..will give it a try for sure..

Cham said...

Came out perfect , all time favorite!

Indhu said...

Congrats on your first attempt :) I know how elated you feel - I felt the same way after my first cookies...
your cookies look yummy!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

yummy yummy..... enakum venum cookies.. ur blog looks nice with a professional look.

Deepa Hari said...

Nankhatai looks Yummy and great Vibaas.

Vibaas said...

thanks friends for your lovely comments.

Mahi, inga vaa i will make it for u :)

Uma said...

hey, you changed your template too! Looks nice and beautiful Vibaas!

Nankatai turned out perfect and look mouth-watering. You know what, I have the same plate like yours! Same pinch :D

Ramya Bala said...

Hey perfect cookies...paathiya..u have made it...good job vidhya

Ashwini said...

First time here..wow..Cookie looks yummo..First without reading the heading, looking at the photo , I thought it was idlis..sorry...Will try this..

Vibaas said...

thx uma, ramya and ashwini.

Ashwini, lol about your comment. one of my friends thought it was idly too :D

Rathna said...

Congratulations Vibaas. Nankatai's and chai...perfect combo, any afternoon :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Even one day I too should try baking and post like you ,but don't know which day!
looks really good,perfect too!

Sanghi said...

Wow! What a lovely white cookie?!! Superb vibaas!!

n33ma said...

wow these turned out perfect.You have mastered from scratch baking!!!!

AnuSriram said...

Lovely cookies.. Looks perfect! Hey.. is that my bowl? I too have the same.... from walmart!

Vibaas said...

thx rathna, raks, sanghi, n33ma and anu.

Anu,that plate is my son's gift for his daddy :) Got it from walmart too :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh really...that sounds nice, cant believe that you made this for the first time. Looks good. I like the piled up idea.

Nithya Praveen said...

Hello...i guess i missed this post of urs.I made the same thing,but we call it Butter biscuits,check my blog,had made this for my husbands birthday.Its surely a super hit in my family too.Yummy!

Paru ... said...

We call it Benne biscuit in Bangalore and we love it..Looks so very delicious..

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Looks perfect and delicious! you have nice recipes here! too good!

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