Nankhatai are a very popular biscuit in India . Known for it’s melt in the mouth texture, this cookies are the perfect example of Indian ingenuity. . Nan Khatais are cookies with the divine aroma of ghee and cardamom in it. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit. These cookies are a perfect accompaniment for your evening Tea.
These Nan Khatais are part of my childhood when we used to wait for the street hawker selling these cookies which were part of our tiffin boxes. These cookies are made with a mix of simple ingredients found mostly in any households like ghee, maida and cardamom powder. It’s texture is similar to shortbreads. The unique and distinct flavour of these Nan Khatais comes from the ghee in it.
Though I make these cookies quite often at home, surprisingly it has never find it’s way to the Blog. When my fellow foodie bloggers decided the theme for our 49th Foodie Monday Blog Hop to be #cookies, I waste no time in making these traditional Cardamom flavoured Indian cookies . There are various ways to make this cookies, the basic being the use of ghee, all purpose flour and cardamom. Cardamom and sugar are mixed till the cardamom releases it’s flavour , then a generous amount of ghee is added to it and mixed till it becomes creamy and fluffy. Finally the all purpose flour are added and knead with hands to resemble a crumbly sweet smelling dough. This delicate cookies are perfectly paired with a cup of Masala Chai.
Being a Chai lover, I never lose a chance to incorporate it in the things I make at home. So I decided to make these super soft and melt in the mouth cookies incorporating the chai flavor in it. Few days back I have received a packet of premixed Masala Chai as a gift from my younger sister which were lying idle till now. So a bit of imagination and these yummy chai spiced Nankhatais are made for our Foodie Monday Blog Hop theme.