Recipe for Indian cookie Nankhatai | Festival recipes | Diwali Recipes
Nankhatai or Naankhatai is the original Indian cookie, with a super simple recipe. As a kid, apart from the Parle G, Marie and Bourbon biscuits, this was the only cookie I had heard of. Hell, I was a 70s kid after all. None of those chocochip, peanut butter, oatmeal cookies existed in our cookie universe. In fact, the word ‘cookie’ itself was alien. It was just ‘biscuits’ for us.
Bombay has always had a legendary door-delivery service culture, eons before food apps came into existence. For biscuits, there would be a guy who would come on his cycle 2-3 times a week, with a huge metal box secured with a belt. He would get freshly baked Khaari biscuits, Nankhatais and other assorted goodies, and go to all his regular customers’ homes in a building.
There used to also be a culture of giving sheets of prepared biscuit dough to the neighbouring bakery, who would get these baked at a nominal cost. This would be the perfect arrangement in the days when hardly anyone had an oven in their kitchen.
This recipe for Nankhatai is adapted from a food blogger friend, Arundhati, who had shared this many years ago on her blog, and just from the sound of it, it came across like the perfect recipe. It was her mum’s tried and tested recipe after all.
This is a perfect biscuit to bake during the festive season such as Diwali as it does not need eggs. The recipe calls for very few ingredients that you will find in your kitchen, such as plain flour, sugar, ghee and cardamom. Even if you have not gotten anything ready, this can be your last minute quick fix and call over your friends for some chai and freshly baked Naankhatai.
I’m making these for Diwali this year too! SaffronTrail wishes you and your family a very HAPPY DIWALI!