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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. 


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


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


  • 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 


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

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

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

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

  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.

  6. nice twist to traditional Nankhatai.. tempting color

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

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

  9. Awesome clicks and its superb

  10. so inviting Priya. lovely clicks

  11. wow!!! well made dear....yummy

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

  13. OMG! Perfect and irresistible kesar nankhatais.

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

  15. colorful and breathtaking nankhatai, delicious....


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