Kesar Nan Khatai Cookies | Flavored Nan Khatai Biscuit



I love Indian bakery goodies, and of all the different bakes my most favourite is Nan Khatai and since its festival season I thought why not doing a twist with the traditional Nan Khatai by making it a Saffron flavoured. Nan Khatai are buttery melt in the mouth cookies and have a crumbly texture. The cookies are great as a snack and can be wrapped as a treat for guests or kids. Saffron Nan Khatai are firm on the outside with a slight mithai flavour on the inside. The topped nuts add to the crunch and taste. These colourful Saffron Nan Khatai are sure a joy to taste and attractive looking. Give this a dry during the festive time. 




KESAR NAN KHATAI RECIPE

Recipe Source - Own
Makes - 10-12 medium cookies
Total time - 35 mins

Ingredients

Gram/Gram/Chickpea Flour - 1/2 cup
All purpose flour/ maida - 1 cup
Sooji - 3 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup, powdered 
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 3 tbsp (melted)
Butter - 4 tbsp (melted)
Kesar food colour - 2 pinches (optional)
Kewar extract - 3 drops

Method

  • In a bowl add gram flour, maida, sooji, powdered sugar, cardamom powder, food colour and kewar extract, mix well and set aside
  • Melt butter and ghee together and let it cool down, now add this to the dry ingredients little by little to get a smooth dough(in case you added more ghee/butter and the mixture is runny. Pop in the refrigerator for 10-15 mins to become firm to handle)
  • Preheat oven to 300 F/ 150 C for 10 minutes, prepare a baking tray with parchment/ butter paper. Roll the dough into balls and place on the tray. Add the chopped nuts on top and press them gently to flatten a bit
  • Bake for 30- 35 minutes until the cookies are firm and have a golden base, make sure that the cookies do not get burnt (keep a close watch on the cookies after 25 mins) Once done remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes
Store in airtight containers or parcel them in wraps and distribute as gifts 



Cooks Wisdom
- I used a combination of ghee and butter for these cookies you can go ahead and use only ghee too. Ghee adds a more desi touch to these cookies
- Adding besan flour gives a mithai flavour to the cookie, you can skip it with regular all purpose flour too
- Adding cardamom gives a lovely fragrant cookie
- You also mix the dough with chopped nuts 
- I did not use pure saffron and instead used saffron extract and colour you can dilute saffron in 2 tbsp of milk and add to the cookie dough
- I powdered 1/2 cup granulated sugar and got 1 cup powdered sugar 


Check out variations to Nan Khatai 



17 comments:

  1. Such a celebratory coloured cookie. I've never had a cookie infused with saffron, so i'd love to try this

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  2. Love your twist in Nana khatai..Perfectly baked and beautifully captured..

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  3. Colour of the cookies itself is just breath taking, fantastic creation Sis,those cookies rocks.

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  4. Naankhatai looks really nice. Awesome recipe. Love the clicks.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I thought nan khatai has only maida love the addition of besan .It has given the biscuit a nice yellow color and bg as always looks grand.

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  6. nice twist to traditional Nankhatai.. tempting color

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  7. nice colour n wt a twist..cute..

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  8. inviting one dear,u have nice collection of nankhatai's,which shows u love it a lot

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  9. Love the colour of those cookies Priya! Stunning!! Such a pretty picture the first one is... :) Now, am coming home! :D

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  10. Awesome clicks and its superb

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  11. so inviting Priya. lovely clicks

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  12. wow!!! well made dear....yummy

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  13. Love the festive look of the pics...delicious nan kahatai

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  14. OMG! Perfect and irresistible kesar nankhatais.

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  15. wow super color of the cookies dear... want to bite it now... lovely presentation with festival look... :)

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  16. colorful and breathtaking nankhatai, delicious....

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