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Nankhatai Recipe

nankhatai recipe

Nankhatais are a yummy Indian cookie made with semolina, which is a type of course flour made from wheat.  Its pretty much the indian version of shortbread.  Buttery and crumbly and delicious.  If you are looking for the perfect dessert to pair with coffee or chai, this is it.  I personally love it for breakfast so that I can burn the calories off throughout the day.

nankhatai recipe

Unlike shortbread cookies, nankhatiais are somewhat healthier for you. Semolina is digested more slowly than regular flour and therefore has a low glycemic index!  So there you go,  you can feel a little bit less guilty eating these cookies.

nankhatai recipe

Traditionally, nankhatais have an orange dot (made by dipping your finger in food colouring and stamping the centre of the cookie), but I prefer red.   I don’t know, there’s just something about red that makes me feel happy!  I can’t describe why…

My little man Noah, insists on a blue dot… feel  free to go crazy and use whatever colour you like to decorate the cookies.  There is another variation of the nankhatai, where you add cocoa powder to half the batch and then swirl one ball from each batch together to form a swirly half vanilla – half chocolate cookie.  I’ll post that recipe at a later date since its a bit more complicated.


nankhatai recipe

According to some online sources, it appears that the cookie has Dutch and Persian roots dating back to the end of the 16th century and the recipe for nankhatai cookies varies by region.  The recipe in this post is for the cookies that have been made traditionally by the Khoja Ismaili Indian culture that settled in East Africa during the early 1900’s (my ancestors).

nankhatai recipe

nankhatai recipe

I hope you enjoyed this recipe!  I’d love to hear from you in the discussion section below about your experience making this delicious treat.


Nankhatai Recipe
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10 Cookies 20
Cook Time
25
Servings Prep Time
10 Cookies 20
Cook Time
25
Nankhatai Recipe
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10 Cookies 20
Cook Time
25
Servings Prep Time
10 Cookies 20
Cook Time
25
Ingredients
Servings: Cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together butter and icing sugar.
  3. Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla.
  4. Slowly beat in the semolina and cardamom.
  5. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Beat into the batter until the dough is formed.
  6. Separate the dough into 10 evenly sized portions. Roll each ball in your palm to make a ball and flatten. Place on baking sheet.
  7. Create a dot at the centre of the cookie with food colouring.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. The cookies should just start to look golden brown before you remove them from the oven.
  9. Allow cookies to cool and serve with Chai, Coffee, or milk.
Nutrition
Nutrition Facts
Nankhatai Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 9%
Calcium 2%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Please Note that these are just estimates calculated from the raw ingredients in the recipe.

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