Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Our Very Own Desi Cookies

Recipe: Naankhatai (Cardamom flavoured Indian Cookies)

It is really amusing to see how your child can be quite similar to you in some aspect and at the same time a complete contrast to what you are in most ways. I couldn't help beaming with pride when I discovered how much me my 4 year old daughter is with her keen interest in cooking.

I am not sure if I had shown any similar interests so early in life, but there were a couple of times when she did make my jaws drop by giving me adorable descriptions on how to make a cake, 'pazam pori' and cookies.
But this ardent love of hers combined with pure innocence have turned out to be a complete menace for me at times, especially while making cakes that require a lot of precision like the sponge. She would want to do the folding in and I would end up freaking out for the fear of getting a deflated batter :(.
( now, I make my sponges while she's asleep or off at school ;) )
Cookies are something I enjoy baking with her in the tow. It's a pleasure to see her gleeful, grinning face and lit up eyes when I let her tip in the ingredients, do some whipping and drop off the final dough for baking.
It's so absolutely cute to watch her boast to her dad and to everyone else about how she made the cookies and that those are the best cookies 'in the whole wide world' :) hehe!!

Well, so to say, these Indian version of shortbread cookies or butter cookies where also mixed and shaped my little princess. And guess where they got their perfect shapes....well, we used tbsp measuring spoon to scoop out and shape our cookies, we got the idea and recipe from magpiesrecipes.
Have been seeing a lot of recipes for Naankhatai all over the blogosphere but somehow the one that caught my attention was this particular one in Magpies space as she suggested using whole wheat flour. The best thing about these cookies is that they use very little ingredients and even my 4 yr old can make it all by herself.

(Adapted from magpiesrecipes)


Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Granulated white sugar - 1/2 cup
Unsalted butter/ghee - 1/2 cup at room temp,till really squishy
Chopped pistachios/cashew nut or any nuts of choice - 1/2 cup
Powdered cardamom - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp


Preheat oven to 177 degree C/ 350 degree F
Mix together flour, salt, nuts and powdered cardamom.
Cream the butter using a spatula/hand mixer/ stand mixer (you don't really need any mixers). Add sugar and mix this well with the butter.
Tip in dry ingredients and using your finger tips knead this until the dough just comes together.
If your dough is too dry, like mine was, add around 1 tbsp milk and knead, your dough will come together.
You may shape your dough into small balls or use a tbsp measuring spoon to shape your cookies into semi-spheres.

Place your cookie doughs on an ungreased and unlined baking sheet and bake for around 10-15 mins or till the edges of the cookies starts to brown.
Remove from oven and leave the cookies to cool completely before serving.
These cookies have an amazing and intoxicating cardamom flavour and they make a perfect bite with tea or coffee. And a little warning....... they can get slightly addictive!!!


  1. Love nankhatais,Delicious with a cup of tea..great to read about your daughter helping you out..cute:)
    Flavors Of Cuisines-"Mexican"

  2. nankattais with wholewheat flour seems interesting... bookmarking for trial!!! :)

    1. Thank u Rafeeda for visiting my space and 4 leaving a comment :)