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Nan Khatai

Posted: April 27, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Baking, Indian Food
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Baking cookies, cake or even using an oven  is what I have learned after coming to US. Also, we used to refer cookies as biscuits. But here biscuits are kind of quick bread like butter milk biscuits, scones and etc. I love biscuits and there were times when I used to finish a whole packet without sharing even a single piece with anyone. My most favorite packet of biscuit used to be Britannia Good Day Biscuits especially with the nuts one..mmm…while writing this post I am totally visualizing the flavor in my mouth. The taste of biscuits were more crispy, soft and buttery which is so addictive.

Since I was in a mood of baking some cookies, I have decided to make some Nan Khatai. Nan Khatai(Naan Khat-aa-ee) is a popular Indian traditional biscuits. These are extremely light but sweet and just melts in the mouth. Traditionally this is made with clarified butter or “ghee”, but i have used unsalted butter here.These are the best cookies I have ever tried, which is very simple to make and incredibly good. Its is best served with a cup of tea or you can munch in between anytime to feel good… 🙂

Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 3/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For topping

  • 2 tablespoon crushed pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix the ingredients under topping and keep it aside for later use.
  • Sift flour, baking soda and semolina  in a medium bowl. Keep it aside.
  • Line two baking sheet with parchment paper and keep it aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and powdered sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add yogurt and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add the dry ingredients and  knead them together to make smooth  and soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into about 20 equal parts and make them into balls.
  • Flatten balls between the palms of your hands to form small rounds about 1″ (inch) in thickness. Transfer it to the prepared baking sheet.
  • With your thumb finger make a little depression in the centre of each cookie and place the pistachio and cardamom mixture in it.Lightly press the mixture in dough.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.
  • Bake one sheet at a time for perfectly baked biscuits.
  • Store biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Enjoy with a cup of tea!
Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai


  • Yogurt and butter should be at room temperature.
  • Bake one sheet at a time to insure a perfectly baked  biscuits.