These shortbread, or Nankhatai as they are called in India, are buttery and melt-in-mouth crumbly cookies.
By Sanjeeta Kk
These shortbread or Nankhatai as we call them in India are buttery and melt-in-mouth crumbly cookies. The recipe is quite simple with just three main ingredients to go in it, flour, butter and sugar with all the three in almost equal proportion. I added Pistachio powder in the cookie dough and a few drops of lemon extract which gave a wonderful nutty taste with a delightful citrus flavor to them.
- 1 cup All purpose flour
- 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup semolina
- ¼ cup fine Pistachio powder
- ¾ cup or little less butter/ghee
- 1 tbsp. yogurt/curd
- 1 tbsp. coarse pistachio powder to garnish
- A few saffron strands (optional)
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- A few drops of lemon extract or ¼ tsp. lemon zest
- Preheat the oven to 180°C for 10 minutes.
- Add flour, semolina and pistachio powder in a large vessel and mix well.
- Take another vessel and add butter/ghee, powder sugar, baking powder and yogurt in it. Whisk all the ingredients for 10 minutes till the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry flour mix, add lemon extract or lemon zest, saffron strands if using and knead all into smooth and soft dough.
- Take out small piece of dough and roll it into small balls, flatten it slightly and press a little of coarsely ground pistachio powder in the center.
- Make all the cookies in the similar way and arrange them in a baking tray leaving a little gap between each cookie.
- Bake the lemony shortbread at 180°C for about 15 minutes or till the sides start to turn golden. These goodies will be mostly white in color when fully baked.
Sanjeeta kk is the author of food blog ‘Lite Bite’ which features vegetarian recipes. Her quest for egg free baking and healthy cooking is extensively shared though all her recipes. She likes to share stories behind the origin of her recipes which are easy and accessible. Homemade, unprocessed and healthy food is what she strives for each day. She defines food as nostalgic, comforting & an important factor to connect with people and make community