Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mother-in-law's special - Nankhatai

Have you ever had Nankhatai? Nankhatai is a short bread biscuit popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit. 

I have been crazy about them since the first time I seriously liked them when my mother-in-law made them at home. Nankhatai at home? I can never imagine myself making them at home. Since last one and a half years whenever both of us craved for Nan-khatai's, mummy would always send it for us. I have never even given a thought of trying it myself until now! Yes, until now! I tried mummy's recipe this weekend and it turned out to be super-awesome! Well, I made them on saturday as well as on sunday! :) Wondering, why? Saturday batch was just to make sure it comes out well and when it turned out to be super delicious we were both hungry for Nan-khatai on sunday again :) 

Let me first quickly share the recipe:

1 cup maida
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup ghee
1/4 cup milk maid (I used condensed milk)
4-5 elaichi (grounded)

Mix all the above ingredients and prepare a dough which feels like puri dough. Make small balls and put them on the baking sheet. If you like take a knife and draw a slit in plus(+) style on the nankhatai dough and garnish them with grounded pista/almonds on the top. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees and bake till they become golden brown. Don't let them sit in the oven till you see the proper brown color as after removing from the oven, they will become darker than what you took them out as. So make sure to take them out before they turn brown in the oven.

Adventure - On first day, I baked them at 190 degrees which took around about ~30 mins to bake. Whereas on day 2 I tried to bake them at 350 degrees as read on the other websites and I was very close to having the firealarm go off. The reason of the smoke was the pistachios were getting burnt at 350 degrees. So, I reduced the temp to 250 degrees :)

Different moods of Nankhatai!
Thank you Mummy for this recipe! This is my second baby step towards baking after beingdhriti!


  1. How can we lay our fingers on these BeingDhriti Special in Edison, NJ???

  2. Rajesh bhaiya - just send me your address :)

  3. Tareef uski jisne tumhe banaya
    Phir uski Jo hamari family mein laya
    And ofcourse who Made these modak shaped NANKHATAI for me, she is Bemisaal!

  4. Trick or Treat
    Little less than 12 hours and was vanished