Mar 11, 2015

Nan Khatai Recipe / Nankhatai Recipe / Besan Naan Khatai Recipe

Nan Khatai, i have been waiting to bake this cookies for a very long time. And few weeks back, i visited my pregnant friend, so i thought it would be great if i take something homemade for her. Then i decided to bake these cookies, i also baked another batch of cashew cookies which i will share soon.

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This cookies is made so many different ways, Basically it is a eggless indian cookies. It is either made with atta or besan. This time i used besan to make this cookies, will share another version soon. These cookies just melts in your mouth. They are delicious. Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Baking Time : 15 to 20 mins
Makes : 18 to 20 cookies
Recipe Source : Saffronkitchen


All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 cup / 120 grams
Gram Flour / Besan / Kadalai Mavu - 1/2 cup / 60 grams
Ghee / Melted Butter / Oil - 1/2 cup / 120 ml
Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup / 100 grams
Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Milk - 1 tblspn or as needed
Pista - a handful finely chopped


Preheat oven to 180 Degree C. Line a baking tray with foil and set aside.

Take flour, gram flour, baking soda, baking powder in a bowl and mix well.

Take Ghee, powdered sugar, cardamom powder in a bowl and use a whisk to mix well.

Now add in the flour mix and fold well. Add milk and knead to a soft dough.

Take small portion of the dough and roll it into a ball. Dip it in chopped pista and arrange it in tray.

Bake for 15 to 20 mins or till golden.

Remove from oven and let it cool completely.

Store in a air tight container and Serve.


1)Addition of milk depends on the consistency of the dough. Sometimes you will need more than 1 tblspn of milk. Sometimes you need less.

2)Dont over bake the cookies, the cookies may look soft when you take them from oven and it will harden as they cools.
3)This cookies stays good for a week in a air tight container. You can store them in fridge too.

Take all your ingredients

Take all purpose flour in a bowl

Add in gram flour / besan

In goes baking powder

and little baking soda

give this a good mix

Now take some ghee in a bowl

add in powdered sugar..this is normal sugar 
which i powdered in a blender

add in cardamom powder

mix well using a whisk

add in the dry ingredients

mix well

I found the mixture to be too crumbly, so added little milk

Add little milk at a time and knead to a soft dough

Now take a small portion

Roll it into balls

dip them in chopped up pista

look how it is studded

arrange it in a baking tray which is lined with foil

Bake till done

let them cool down


They taste great..


  1. Can v bake dis in cooker.. I wanna to try it for my wedding day which is on coming Friday

  2. Arthi can we bake it in cooker ?

  3. Looks really yummy..I love Nankatai ...but usually buy frm looks white in colour..nuv I can bake nankatai at home using ur recipe..huv can I make it in white colour??

  4. Can do this in atta or wheat flour?

  5. Love your blog. Clear beautiful pictures. Tried many of your recipes. Awesome. Thanks for all your step by step pictures, detailed recipes. You help us to cook better and better.

  6. Thanks so much. Have been waiting for this recipe

  7. Thanks. I love nan khatai and plan to make some tomorrow.

  8. @shiga syes u can bake it in pressure cooker

  9. @Zehra ARthat nan khatai is diff recipe, will share soon

  10. How can we bake it in cooker pls give the detail

  11. How I can bake this in cooker? Plz explain

  12. @Anonymouscheck this link

  13. How can we bake it in cooker and for how long? Please suggest...

  14. @Ruma Halder check my pressure cooking baking post

    Inthat instead of cake tin, you can place a tray or a plate that is lined with foil. then put the cookies over the tray and put it inside the cooker. Cover and cook for 10 mins or so, check whether the cookies is done in that time. if not cook for more.

  15. @Aarthi
    Thank You Aarthi, it was nice to learn so much about baking.

  16. Looking yummy
    I have a question can i make ur baking items in convection mode i dont have otg.

  17. @bhoomikayes u can bake it in convection oven too

  18. Aartho, i use samsung convection oven. Can i use the foil which u used in convection mode? Is it safe to use in my oven? Thank u in advance.

  19. Wht is the difference between baking powder and baking soda?

  20. @Sapna Deoreboth are raising agents, but baking soda makes things softer and baking powder helps in rising

  21. Awesome... It came out well for me and got applause from hubby too... Couldn't believe myself all store bought cookies can be done at home very easily... Thanks a ton for ur blogs... None of ur recipes have failed when I tried at home... Keep posting for followers like me... Thanks...

  22. hi arthi. can v use butter instead of ghee

  23. Hi tried ur cookie came out well yesterday but today it has become soft what's the reason...

  24. @abinayaif u keep it covered before it has cooled then it will get soft.

    1. Thanks for ur reply...may be that might have happened.again will try and say u

  25. Hi I'm a big fan of yours and I bought a new oven only because of you..i made this cookie and even after it is cooled it's soft.why?do we have to preheat each time when we keep the cookie?shall we use aluminium to bake?plz answer

  26. @Anonymousif the oven is cooled, then preheat it and bake. yes u can bake in aluminium

  27. Hello Aarthi... I have tried this recipe in my oven.. The upper crust was wonderfully baked.. Peefect crust.. But when i turned the cookie it wasnt baked at all.. Can u please give me a solution to how can i bake it overall

  28. @Ankitayou have beake it in middle rack with both the elements on, did u bake it like that

  29. Hi Aarthi,

    Amazing and pretty fool proof recipe. I tried this. Yet to taste.

    How would I get to know if the cookie is baked.

    Can I use jiggery instead of sugar

  30. @Jyothijaggery will affect the texture, you will see the cookie turning little golden

  31. mam I followed same procedure.. it came out good
    .BT just wanted to know how to make dem soft just lyk available in market which melts in mouth..mine is always hard wen eaten..pls guide

  32. helo mam..hw to make nankhatai soft as it melts in mouth.mine always comes out hard after cooling though I don't bake much..pls guide

  33. @tanisha surajwanidont cook it too long...because it carries on cooking once you take it out of oven

  34. I used this recipe and mine turned out great!!
    Perfectly soft and melt in mouth. I baked them for exactly 15 mins only and this recipe made exactly 18 of them. This will be my go-to now.

  35. Can u give the exact measurement for besan flour and sugar as both says 1/2 cup but in GMs it says diff measurement

  36. Hey aarthi, u kept the balls of flour on the tray while we need to press the ball for the shape of cookie or will it take on its own? Thanks

  37. Hi aarthi
    I tried dis recipe today and was amazing.Thanks so much for posting such an easy recipe
    It really melts in mouth but I thought it was very sweet, so if I reduce the amount of sugar will it affect the final result?

  38. we use the same recipes for microwave convention mode or shall i reduce the temperature? please let me know

  39. @Anonymoussame temp and timing for convection mode too

  40. Your naan khatais are spectacular Aarthi wish I could borrow some of these right now lol. But I am surely going to try them. I have also written a Naan khatai recipe on my blog and I am going to give you a shout there :)

  41. Hi arthi Iam a big fan of ur blog. I have tried a lot of recipes from your blog and they all turned out perfect though this nan khatai was the only one that did not worked out for me. Taste was good but it was not very soft and they all got mixed together once baked. It was like a sheet and I had to cut it separate. Please let me know where I went wrong

  42. @sugandha tewarii think u must have added too much baking soda and powder

  43. Hi aarthi,
    I have one basic doubt...
    For baking cookies and cakes which mode to be slected in OTG...
    Thanks in advance...

  44. I am vegan, do not use any dairy products. Can I use coconut oil, or any other oil instead of ghee or butter?

  45. Can we bake these cookies in microwave normal cooking I tried microwave cake which was done in 2-3 looking the same approach for these cookies as well.pls reply

  46. @Anonymousno it has to be done in convection mode

  47. Made them today. Used wheat flour and besan. 17 mins exact. They have turned out very yummy. Thanks for recipe

  48. hi Aarthi, could you share the recipe for Microwave naan khatai

  49. Hi aarthi ,ur blog really has good recipes,at very first I tried tutifrity cookies which came out pretty well but this Tym I tried naan khatais ,didnt came out good, not crunchy like a cookie rather feels little unbaked though I baked for almost 25 mins at 200c.pls tell whr I went wrong.

  50. Hi arathi , I tried this recipe today but there were few mistakes that I did I think. I have a smaller oven instead of an otg. So I put the nankhatais in two trays and kept one on top of the other by using a stand. But the cookies in the top one completely burnt . Can you tell me what to do in case of smaller ovens. Should we do it in two batches repeating whole process. Or can we do the process once and bake twice in two batches ?


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