Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nankhatai – The Eggless Cookie

Nankhatai (Eggless cookie) brings to my mind a picture (from my childhood memories) of a bakery salesman riding his bicycle with a huge trunk on his backseat. This is in Mumbai, India. His trunk used to be filled with all baked goodies – cookies, puff pastries, freshly baked bread. It felt so exotic !! I enjoyed peeping into that trunk, so well packed with designated slots and that sweet aroma. I relived that moment today with my kitchen filled with that same aroma when I baked these cookies. Totally nostalgic!!

I would definitely recommend trying these egg-less cookie esp to all those who either have allergies to eggs or don't eat them. 

And don't worry, it'll not go wrong; the taste the texture is just perfect.

½ cup wheat flour
½ cup All-purpose flour (Maida)
1 tbsp semolina
1 tbsp gram flour (Besan)
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
¼ tsp cardamom powder
2/3 cup sugar (or to taste)
½ cup butter (at room temperature)
1-2 tbsp milk (if required)
2-3 Almonds sliced (for garnishing)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper & keep it ready.
Mix all the dry ingredients together & then add the butter.

Kneed into a smooth dough (if required use some Luke warm milk).

Roll these into small-medium sized balls as smooth as possible & line them of the baking tray leaving sufficient space between each ball as these cookies will flatten as they cook. 

Stick almond (or any dry fruit of your choice) on top of each ball & bake for around 15-20 mins at 350F. 

Flip the cookies upside down in between if the bottom starts turning brown. After 20 mins our cookies are ready. Let them cool down for 10 mins before serving. As they cool they will become firm & crispy. 

Enjoy these Nankhatai (Eggless cookies) with a cup of tea/coffee or just on its own. They are simply yum!!
Happy Baking!!


  1. Wow scrumptious follower to your blog!

  2. Hi Shweta
    Thanks for stopping by, u have a beautiful blog shaping here, happy to be your follower! I don't see u in my follower's list, will u follow me publicly...hope u will join mine :)
    Btw,Nankhatai looks perfect n delicious...nice pictorials too!!

    1. Thanks Sangeetha for all the encouraging words!!
      I guess my default was private but have now changed it to public. You should be able to see me as your follower:) Let me know if you still don't. Stay in touch

  3. Awesome recipe!! You've got a lovely blog with delicious recipes!! Thanks for stopping by my page but i didn't see you in GFC(like wht you've commented). Hoping to see u join my blog publicly. Eagerly waiting to see more of ur delicacies too :)

    1. Thanks Teena for all the sweet comments!!
      Joined your blog Publicly (my default was private didnt notice it)Let me know if you still dont see me. Stay in touch

  4. Thanks for dropping by my blog, Shweta! Thanks for following but don't see you on my follower list yet dear - Could you please check you settings and change it to public - thanks and the nankatais looks really delicious!

    1. Hi, Thanks :)Please check now, have changed to public.

  5. Looks very delicious..Lovely tea time snack!!
    First time dropped in your space,Happy to follow your space too..
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    1. Thanks Julie,yes they are great tea time snacks.
      Happy to follow you :)

  6. Hey I too like this space.. nice blog and loved your nankatai recipe...
    following you.. :) .. do visit my space Noel collections

  7. Wow.This looks lovely!
    First time here, following you ,U have a lovely blog shaping up!
    Check out my blog in ur spare time

    1. Hi, Thanks for the encouraging words :) Following you now!!

  8. wow this looks crispy n yummy.... first time here... when u get time, do visit mine....

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  9. first time here....
    cookie looks delectable.
    glad to follow u :)

  10. picture perfect...this is in my to do list for looong time..;)
    Tasty Appetite

    1. Thanks Jay, do try them & let me know if you like it :)

  11. Just found your site through Foodie Blogroll and thought I'd stop by to check out your site. I subscribed to your blog feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be!

  12. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow cookies looks yummy and crispy.


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