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Nan Khatai


A simple, crunchy but crumbly, sweet and slightly salty cookie from India.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 pieces
Calories 125 kcal


  • 1 Cup 125 gm All purpose flour or Maida
  • ½ Cup 100 gm Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup 1 Stick Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius.
  • On a cookie tray, spread a baking sheet or parchment paper.
  • Mix all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cardamom in a small bowl using a small wire whisk.
  • If the sugar granules are big, powder them using your food processor or mixer-grinder. In a large mixing bowl, mix together softened butter and sugar.
  • Cream the butter and sugar till you cannot feel the sugar granules in the mixture. The time for this step depends on the size of the sugar granules.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mix.
  • Combine the flour mixture and the butter mixture using your hands to form a soft dough.
  • Make 20 balls out of the dough, each about 1 inch in diameter. Slightly flatten with your palm. Place the balls on the cookie sheet about 1.5 to 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes. When they come out of the oven they will be a little soft, but will harden on cooling.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Store in an air-tight cookie jar.