Easy and best Nankhatai recipe,made with a combo of flour and gram flour (besan),flavoured with Kesar and Pista. A eggless,melt in the mouth festive treat !
Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is the festival of celebration of the special bond of love between the brother and sister celebrated in all parts of India irrespective of the caste and creed. We Indians love our festivals and the indulgent food that is a quintessential part of every Indian festival.
This Rakhi I am in Bangalore with my sister and brother in law and I decided to bake some Nankhatais with traditional Indian flavours of Saffron and Pistachios to give them a festive look as well as taste. Nankhatai is a Indian shortbread Cookie with a delicious, melt in the mouth taste made with all purpose flour, ghee or butter, sugar, nutmeg and cardamom. The flaky, crumbly and buttery texture of the Nankhatai is due to the heavy handed use of butter or ghee.
These Nankhatais are made with Maida or All purpose flour, little besan or Gram flour and Sooji or Semolina. The besan in it imparts a taste of Indian Mithai or sweets to the Nankhatai making it a perfect festive speciality. A little besan added to the flour and semolina or Sooji makes them crunchier too.
Can these be made with Gram flour/Besan only ?
Yes, these can be made totally with besan or gram flour or chickpea flour too! Just add besan instead of the Maida in the recipe and keep rest of the ingredients as mentioned in this recipe.
Can these be made without an oven?
If you don’t have an oven, do not worry these Nankhatais can be made in a pressure cooker too. Arrange the cookies in a greased or lined tray which can go into the pressure cooker you own. Lower the tray inside the cooker, close the lid, and start baking in low flame without the gasket and the whistle for 10 -15 minutes or till the sides of the cookies turn brown. The time may vary according to the size of the cooker too.
Sending these Festive Kesar Pista Nankhatais to the 104th Foodie Monday Bloghop for the theme Festive Recipes.