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Diwali recipe: Make Nankhatai in 30 minutes

By Smruti Shah
October 21, 2014 16:16 IST
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US-based food blogger Smruti Shah tells us how to make Nankhatai in 30 minutes. Check out the recipe!

Nankhatai is a close eggless cousin of the American cookie. Traditionally made with soaked maida or semolina, this one is made in a jiffy using all-purpose flour. Takes under half an hour to make, and only five ingredients," says Smruti Shah.

Here's the recipe:


Makes: 12 pieces

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 cup semi solid ghee (not liquid)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • Few sliced almonds for garnish


  • In a bowl, mix all-purpose flour and sugar.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Add ghee and knead to form a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal parts, and roll them each into balls.
  • On a greased baking tray, place the balls and flatten it a little retaining its round shape.
  • Add sliced almonds on each one of them. You may also add saffron strands if desired.
  • Preheat oven to 300 F and bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Remove tray from the oven, cool the cookies and store in an air tight container.

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