Nan Khatai – Indian Eggless Cookie

Nan Khatai - Indian Eggless Cookie
Nan Khatai – Indian Eggless Cookie


Nan Khatai is an indian eggless cookie which is made from maida, sugar and ghee. The chennaites can see the vendors selling this cookies for Rs 5 in sub-urban trains. The fresh aroma of ghee makes you forget about those extra calories :) The recipe is adapted from here. But i have made few adjustments with the proportion of the flours added. It tastes exactly the same, they sell in shops. Finally, satisfied with the outcome :)


Nan Khatai - Indian Eggless Cookie


Ingredients :
  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/4 cup fine semolina (rava / sooji)
  • 1 cup clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds powder
  • 1/4 tsp saffron strands – crushed
  • pinch of salt
  • chopped almonds & pistachio


Nan Khatai - Indian Eggless Cookie


Nan Khatai - Indian Eggless Cookie

Method :

  • Mix ghee and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl till smooth. Keep it aside.
  • Sieve maida, besan and salt. Add sooji to it and mix well. Add cardamom seeds powder and crushed saffron to it.
  • Mix everything. Add the flour mixture to ghee-sugar mix in parts. Knead it to a smooth dough and keep it covered in refrigerator for 20 mins.
  • Preheat oven to 160 degree C for 10 mins. Take the baking tray and sprinkle little water. Keep a butter paper and grease it with little oil.
  • Take the dough and make even shaped balls. Take a ball and press it lightly. Place the cookies on lightly greased baking tray with at least 2″ space between them. 
  • Lightly press the chopped nuts on the top of each cookie. Bake on the middle rack for 15-20 mins. Keep an eye on the cookie while baking. It should not turn the color. 
  • Once the bottom of the cookie starts turning light brown, Take out the tray and shift the cookies on a cooling rack. Store the cookies in an air-tight container.


Nan Khatai - Indian Eggless Cookie


Nan Khatai - Indian Eggless Cookie



  1. says

    my my urs hs come out real good
    my last post was also nan khatai though i just used maida in it.. love to try ur version
    next time goin to do this

    hope u had checked mine
    that is the last recipe so far as i hvnt updated my space due to health reasons

  2. says

    Beautiful cookies dear loving your sparkling oven now I think you will have loads of stunning bakes. Love your first click superb. Summa gummunu erruku 😉

  3. says


    I tried to comment before. Not sure it reached you. I want to try this nan khatai recipe and have a question about it. I looked at other recipes as well and they call for baking powder in their recipes. This one does not. Do I need to pay attention to any particular part of this recipe as we are not using baking powder ?


    • says

      Hi Jyotsna,

      Baking powder is an optional ingredient here. You need not use it. I forgot to mention but make sure to keep the cookie dough covered in refrigerator before baking for 20-30 mins.


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