Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nankhatai - The Simplest cookies ever!

Nankhatai ,traditionally, have originated from Surat,India. It is very close to 'Pecan Sandies' made in United States.Nankhatai is a shortbread Cookie from India. And this is the simplest cookie one can ever bake.

This recipe comes straight from my mom's kitchen. And it has three simple ingredients: Sugar,All purpose flour(Maida) and butter.

Try baking this on a Chill winter evening.Its aroma will fill the house.
This goes perfectly with a cup of hot beverage like Tea or coffee or have it anytime of the day too.

Happy baking!

6 tablespoons/100g Butter,at room temperature
1/4 Cup/50g Sugar
150g/1 Cup All purpose Flour/Maida
Makes about 15 cookies of 1/2 inch diameter each(size will vary depending on thickness too).

Pre-heat the Oven to 350F.

In a mixing bowl,Add sugar and then cream in the butter. Mix it using your fingers till it becomes creamy and is blended well.This will take 2-3 mins time.
Next,add the Flour little by little, and keep blending it into this butter-sugar mixture evenly.Knead it in to a dough. No need to add any water. Take small portions of the dough and flatten it using your palms to form about 1/2 inch diameter portions.

Grease a cookie sheet/Baking tray with Oil/shortening or cooking spray. I used Canola oil to grease it. Any vegetable oil can be used. and place the cookies on this sheet. LEave 1 inch space between each cookie as they expand when baked.Bake for 10-12 mins. OVen times may slightly differ. So,check the cookies for any brown color on their top surfact after 10 mins. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack for 5 mins.Enjoy them oven-fresh or store in air-tight containers.

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