Nankhatai - Eggless Almond Cookie

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Jan. 25, 2011

Bhavna brings your requested recipe...Very delicious traditional Indian cookie. Kids love it. Made with wheat flour for a healthier option.


Unsalted butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Nutmeg powder 1 Pinch
Wheat flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Whole wheat flour 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Semolina 1 Tablespoon
Gram flour 1 Tablespoon
Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
Crushed almonds 1 Tablespoon
Cardamom powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Cooking spray 1 Dash (for greasing the cookie sheet)
Dried cranberries 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (for garnish) (Optional)



1. Preheat the oven at 350 F.

2. Grease a cookie baking sheet with some cooking spray and set aside.


3. In a bowl add the butter (kept at room temperature) and sugar, beat it as well as you can.

4. Once beaten well, add the nutmeg powder, cardamom powder and beat it again well.

5. In another bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, wheat flour, semolina, gram flour and baking powder. Mix all these dry ingredients well with a spoon.

6. To this add the crushed almonds and mix well.

7. Gradually mix the flour into the butter mixture and beat thoroughly. Using your hands, mix all the ingredients well to make the cookie dough.

8. Make small smooth balls without any cracks and lay them on the greased cookie sheet.

9. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes and then reduce the temperature of the oven to a minimum of 170 F and then bake for another 10 minutes.

10. After 10 minutes turn off the oven, but keep the cookie sheet inside the oven for another 30 minutes.


You can either place a dried cranberry on every cookie ball or you can make a criss-cross pattern on it.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 10

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 206Calories from Fat 90

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.4%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 42 mg1.75%

Total Carbohydrates 27 g9%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 12 g

Protein 3 g6%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet