Thursday, June 17, 2010

Nankatai


Nankatais are sweet flaky biscuits that are made mostly around festival time in India. With just a handful ingredients, you don't need to wait for a festival to enjoy these delicacies. We have done two variations on the basic recipe. Hope you like them as much as we did munching on them.

Grandma's style old fashioned  Nankatais
Prep Time: 20 - 25mins
Ingredients
All purpose flour: 3 cups
Rava / Semolina: 1 cup
Sugar: 1 1/2 cup
Cardamom pods(powdered): 4
Butter: 5 tablespoons
Oil: 3 tablespoons
                                        
Mix the all purpose flour/maida, semolina, cardamom powder and sugar. Melt butter and mix with the oil and pour this into the dry flour mix. Keep mixing till it resembles a pie crust mixture which is very crumbly. Then shape them into small balls and bake  in a greased  tray at 375° F for about 15-20 mins. When they turn into a lightish color and get cracks, they are done. Make sure they don't burn. Cool them and enjoy these snacks at anytime.
Nankatais with a  choco twist

All purpose flour: 3 cups
Rava / Semolina: 1 cup
Sugar: 1 1/2 cup
Cardamom pods (powdered) : 4
Butter: 4 tablespoons
Oil: 2 tablespoons
Milk: 1 tablespoon
Coco Powder: 1/2 teaspoon


With the same base dough, you could make it a little more fancy by altering the ingredients a little. So to the previously mixed dough (maida, semolina, sugar, cardamom powder, butter, oil) add a little milk and baking powder and make a smooth dough. Take out 1 teaspoon of this new dough, mix in the cocoa powder. Make tiny balls of these brown dough and keep aside. With the remaining white dough, shape them into balls and slightly flatten then in your palms and press the centre with your index finger. Now press the lil choc balls in this centre to get a nice pattern.
Bake them in a greased tray at 375° F for about 15- 20 mins.

Enjoy once they are cooled.


29 comments:

  1. looks really cute, perfectly baked, love to have it any time of the day.

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  2. really delicious cookies..nankattai the name itself sounds interesting and the choco flavored one looks so yummy..

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  3. I love nankatai!! looks super delicious :)

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  4. Nice chocolate topped cookies. Looks perfect!

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  5. wow..looks yummy and tempting..

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  6. Book marked.. and gonna try this very soon.. Love the chocolate topped ones..

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  7. too much!cant tak my eyes off these cuties

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  8. Love nankhatas..School daysil othiri kazhichitund..Love the twist with chocolate topping ketto..

    Love
    Suji (Kairali sisters)

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  9. love nankatai... looks perfect!

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  10. Yummy nankatai..choc topping looks good..

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  11. Cute and elegant cookies, fele like grabbing some/

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  12. Very beautiful nankatai...loved the pic..

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  13. Cute and delicious cookies..lovely clicks:)

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  14. Nankatai with chocolates sounds yumm.

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  15. cute and delisious ..also simple.....

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  16. These look like such a great treat.

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  17. Perfect Nankatai guys. Looks absolutely yummy. Loved the twist of chocolate nankataies.... YUM!

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  18. Can yu tell me the ORIGIN Of Mr.Nankatai.
    Is he frm North or South India.....?!.

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  19. The Nankatai lukks very timid as a Dove......!

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  20. I'd go for the chocolate nankhatai :-) Yumm!

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  21. This is very interesting,never heard this before.But iam sure the taste must be too gud.Thanks for posting...

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  22. very perfect biscuits...great try...again u proved ur talent dear. yummy...;)

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  23. Hey thats yummy and perfct biscuits...

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  25. Chocolate nankhatai. That's a perfect twist

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