Nankhatai recipe

Nankhatai Recipe – Video

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nankhatai recipe


  • 1 cup (128g) refined flour/ maida
  • ½ cup (60g) gram flour/ besan
  • 2 tablespoons semolina/suji
  • 1 cup (125g) powdered sugar
  • ½ cup (120ml) clarified butter/ghee
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom/ elachai powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Note– Please read recipe notes in the end.

Main Equipments Used

Steps In Making Nankhatai Recipe

  1.  In a large bowl sieve refined flour, gram flour, semolina, baking powder and powdered sugar. Add salt and mix well.
  2. Add ghee in the above dry ingredients and knead for 3-4 minutes or till it forms a soft dough.
  3. Now add some cardamom powder and mix well.
  4. Take small portion of the dough in between your palms and form small balls.
  5. With a finger form a small impression in the centre of the nankhatai and garnish with chopped pistachios. Similarly make all the nankhatai’s.
  6. To bake them in the oven, preheat the oven to 170C for 10 Minutes. Place nankhatai on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 18-20 minutes or until light golden brown from the bottom.
  7. To bake them in a pan, preheat the kadai/pan for 10 minutes and cover it with a lid. Then place a stand in the pan.
  8. Take a plate and grease it with ghee, place the nankhatai’s in the plate and carefully put it inside the pan and cover it with a lid.
  9. On medium flame bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown from the bottom.
  10. Let them cool completely before storing. Store in the refrigerator for upto 15 days.

Recipe Notes

  • The ratio of refined flour, semolina and gram flour can be changed as per your taste.
  • Always sieve the dry ingredients to avoid any lumps.
  • If the nankhatai dough is not binding well then add some more ghee or a tablespoon of milk.
  • Ghee can be replaced with dalda or butter.
  • If you don’t have parchment paper then grease the tray with ghee.
  • Will baking on the gas stove, never keep the flame high, else the nankhatai will burn.

Step By Step In Pictures For Nankhatai Recipe

1. In a large bowl sieve refined flour.

2. Add gram flour.

3. Add semolina.

4. Add baking powder.

5. Sieve everything together.

6. Add powdered sugar and sieve again.

7. Mix everything together.

8. Add salt and mix again.

9. Add ghee.

10. Knead a soft dough.

11. Now add cardamom powder and mix well.

12. The nankhatai dough is ready.

13. Take a small portion of the dough, roll it in between your palms and make a small ball.

14. This looks perfect.

15. Place them on a tray lined with parchment paper.

16. Similarly make the rest of the balls and with a finger put a small impression in the centre of each nankhatai.

17. Top it with some dried nuts and bake it in the middle rack of the oven at 170C for 18-20 minutes or till it’s done.

18. To bake in the pan, grease a plate with ghee.

19. Place nankhatai’s on them as we did above.

20. Put a pan or kadai on medium flame. Cover it with a lid and heat it for 10 minutes.

21. Now carefully place a stand inside it.

22. Put the plate on the stand and cover it with a lid.

23. Let it cook on medium flame for 20-25 minutes.

24. Once done, carefully remove the plate from the pan and let it cool down completely.

25. Remove the tray from the oven and let it cool down too. Nankhatai is perfectly baked.

26. Store them in an airtight container for upto 2 weeks.

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  1. Bhairavi

    Hi…I tried this recipe today…the nankhatais came out good……….but they tasted little bitter…wondering is it becoz of the 1 TBSP baking powder… I felt the quantity of the baking powder was more.

    What do u think could be the reaso

    • Aarti Madan

      Hi Bhairavi,
      The measurements used for the recipe are correct. Hope you have used baking powder and not baking soda. Another reason can be if the baking powder is not mixed properly or expired.
      Aarti 🙂

  2. Prachee

    Hi Aarti,
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, during this pandemic I tried making the Nankhatai..and it turned out very well, satisfied everyone’s tastebuds and their sweet cravings.
    Thanks again.


  3. aarti dogra

    Hi Aarti. I too am Aarti. Tried this nankhatai today. First time in a kadhai. They r yummy. I toned down the sugar though. Also, they spread quiet a bit. So the shapes got fudged. I think u shud include a note about that in the recipe. Sply when baking in kadhai on plate, there isn’t muxh margin to spread.

  4. Sherjil Ahmed Siddiqui

    Hi Aarti,
    Greetings from Pakistan.
    My sons and I are thoroughly enjoying baking with your recipes. Thank you so much for the guidance.

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