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Kesar Nankhatai

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 30 pieces


  • 1.5 cups maida
  • 2 tbsp besan
  • 1 tbsp rava [chiroti]
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 sachet saffron powder 0.1 gram Kesari saffron sachet

For garnish:

  • 10 - 12 pistachios
  • few strands saffron (optional)


  • Sieve the maida, besan, rava, baking soda and keep aside.
  • In a bowl, mix together the ghee, sugar and saffron powder until well combined. To this add the dry ingredients and gently combine until you get a smooth dough.
  • Pinch off 30 portions from this dough. Roll each portion between palms to get a smooth ball.
  • Flatten this ball slightly and place on a baking sheet. Keep some distance ~ 2cm between the cookies as they will expand as they bake.
  • Preheat oven at 180°C.
  • Meanwhile, roughly chop the pistachios and press a pinch of chopped nuts over each cookie.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cookies will harden further on cooling.
  • Remove, cool and pack in airtight container. Garnish with a strand of saffron before serving if desired.