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.


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


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.