Friday, October 21, 2011

Narayan Katar (Eggless Cookies) Nankhatai

Narayan Kataar or Nankhatai is a very popular sweet in India. These pretty looking cookies just melts in the mouth. These cookies are very rich, easy to prepare and requires very few ingredients. Making cookies at home is a long time dream of mine. Now, whenever I bake some cookies, I feel very happy:-)

Nankatai always reminds me of my amma. Some 30 years back, she would make the dough of nankatai and get them baked in a local bakery. They would charge some amount in return. In this way she was making her own cookies but I never got a chance to eat it:( Looking forward to make some for her in coming days. 
I got this recipe from Aayi' I thank Shilpa for such a wonderful recipe.

  • All Purpose flour/Maida- 1 cup
  • Powdered sugar- 1/2 cup
  • Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee/Clarified butter, melted- 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp


Mix all the ingredients mentioned above except ghee. Now add ghee to the flour mixture and mix well to get a smooth dough.

Let this dough rest for 4-5 hours (keep the dough covered during resting period). After 4-5 hours, divide the dough into 12-14 equal parts and make small balls.

Now take a baking tray lined with aluminium foil (grease it with ghee) or parchment paper or just greased baking tray. Now start arranging these tiny balls on the tray, 2cm apart from each other.

Bake them in a oven (middle rack) which is pre- heated to 325F (nearly 160C) for 15 minutes (time may vary from oven to oven). The way to check if its done is- cracks start forming on the surface and the base has to turn golden brown. Turn off the oven and take out the cookies and remove them from tray. Allow them to cool. Narayan Kataar is ready!!

Above measurement makes 12-14  Narayan kataars. Enjoy!!

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