Recipe Source & Acknowledgement: Homely Food
'Nan Khatai' is nothing but eggless cookie, very famous in India and Pakistan. Cute looking short bread cookies are melt-in-mouth. They are very rich, crispy and buttery. These nan khatais are absolute delight with a cup of piping hot tea or coffee. The cookies are really simple, easy to bake and perfect in taste. So lets get started....
1 Cup All Purpose Flour / Wheat Flour
2 tbsps Corn Starch (optional)
1/2 Cup / 115 gm Unsalted Butter, at room temperature (or clarified butter)
1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar (or powdered sugar)
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
1/8 tsp Salt
Few Almonds & Pistachios, chopped (for garnishing)
Mix confectioners sugar with butter.
Mix butter and sugar with a spoon, until light and fluffy. It takes approximately 1&1/2 minutes.
Sieve all purpose flour with baking soda. Mix salt in it. Now pour flour, salt and baking soda into the butter-sugar mixture.
Add 1/2 tsp cardamom powder in it.
Beat it again till it incorporated well. First the mixture would resemble bread crumbs.
Slowly knead it in a smooth dough.
Make small gooseberry sized balls (I made 24 nos.) and make sure balls don't have any crack on their outer surface. Place the balls on a alluminium foil lined tray with space of 2" apart. Put some horizontal mark on each ball with the tip of your knife.Press them down with pistachios and almonds slices on the top and flatten them very slightly.
Preheat oven to 170 C / 325 F for 10 minutes. Place the baking tray at the center of the oven. Bake for 18 minutes. Remove it from the oven, let it cool down for 5 minutes on the cookie tray.
Now remove them on a cooling rack and let them cool completely.
Then store them in air-tight container.
Serve it with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy it anytime!!!
Sending to: Guru's Cooking Giveaway Kid's Special '13