Friday, November 4, 2011

Besan Cookies / Nankhatai/ Gram Flour Cookies



Hi Friends,

Hope you all had a very very nice Diwali & a Happy Halloween. Sorry for asking this late but it was really a busy & fun filled festival season -so much so that I wasn't even able to take pictures for all that I cooked for Diwali. Hopefully I will remake all that I did & post the recipes one by one. For now I have these delicious  Besan Cookies ( Gram flour cookies ) that I baked as soon as the festivities were over coz I was really missing the baking. I have tried baking Besan Cookies or Nan Khatai ever since I came to the US, tried several variations but I think I have almost perfected it now with the recipe that follows.



Ingredients: 

1/2 cup Gram Flour / Besan
1/3 rd cup All purpose flour/ Maida
1/3 rd cup Semolina /Sooji
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
pinch of salt
1 stick unsalted butter/ 113 grams ( at room temp)
1/2 cup  powdered sugar
 1 tablespoon chopped almonds for garnish




Preparation:

Start by mixing all the dry ingredients together , gram flour, all purpose flour , semolina, baking soda, salt & cardamom powder. Sift together a couple of times to make sure everything is mixed well & there are no lumps. Keep aside.
Whip butter & sugar together i a stand mixer or using a hand mixer until it is very light & fluffy. Now add the dry mix 2 tablespoons at a time & mix just enough to make a soft dough till all the dry ingredients are incorporated in the butter sugar mix. Roll it into a ball , it will be just like a soft dough.
Divide the dough into 25 equal parts,  roll into small balls & press them into the palms of your hands  very gently  just to flatten them very little. Now make a tic tac toe or a cross on each ball of dough with a knife & press a pinch of the chopped almonds in the centre of each ball. Place on greased baking tray & bake at 375 degree F ( pre-heated oven )  for 10-12 minutes. Keep checking to see when the cookies look perfectly golden as they can burn very fast.




Enjoy...................

25 comments:

  1. superb recipe...the cookies look perfect and crisp...

    cheers

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  2. cookies looks really crunchy n delicious

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  3. looks crunchy and delicious,perfectly done.

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  4. nice recipe dear....perfectly baked cookies

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  5. very nice recipe and the cookies looks crunchy and perfectly baked...love it!!

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  6. Diwali went on well this year alpana. I enjoyed this post and absolutely classic recipe. :-)

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  7. Perfectly baked Nankhatai,beautiful presentation.

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  8. Perfectly baked Alpana, looks super delicious.

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  9. Perfectly done cookies...looks very crispy....

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  10. wow, perfect cookies and feel like munching some now..beautiful clicks Alpana..

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  11. Looks gr8...Never tried with gramflour...yummy..

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  12. omg... looks so yummy...mouth watering ..

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  13. Perfectly baked cookies...using gramflour is really a healthy and interesting alternative to Maida

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  14. The pictures are really very good! Have never baked besan cookies. Must give it a try now...

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  15. Sounds interesting n yummy cookies...
    nicely presented...
    I am glad to follow u dear...

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  16. Cookies look perfect.. crunchy & delicious..great pics :)

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  17. Wow!Cookies looks great. Bookmarking this..i have a jar full of besan and have been wondering how best to use it up :). Thanks for sharing!!!

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  18. Cookies looks perfect, crispy, yummy and tempting. Superb presentation.

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  19. Super yummy, nice & crispy!!! Pass me the whole cookie jar plzzz!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  20. Thanyou so much friends for all your beautiful comments & compliments. Appreciate it.

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  21. superb recipe..thanks for sharing....

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