I have been pestering Manoj since a couple of months now to help me change my blog template. He finally found some time this weekend (hope you noticed the change?). In exchange he asked me to bake Nankhatai, his favourite cookies. I was more than happy, not only would my blog be ready but I now had an excuse to bake, yet again.

80gms fine sugar
150gms all-purpose flour
120gms butter
50gms semolina
1/4tsp cardamom powder
1/4tsp nutmeg powder
cashew nuts, split in the middle

Cream butter. Add sugar gradually and beat till light and fluffy.
Add spices and beat. Add semolina and beat well.
Add the flour and mix gently to make a soft but firm dough.
Make small balls (this makes about 18), and place on an ungreased baking tray one inch apart.
Make a cross pattern on each with a knife and place a split cashew in the center.Press lightly but do not flatten the dough.
Bake at 350˚F/ 180˚C for about 12-15mins and then at 300˚F/150˚C for 10mins till done (the cookies may not be very firm but will turn crisp as they cool).


  1. Poornima,
    thanks for the visit and the comments. These cardamom and nutmeg flavored cookies look yummy, it reminds me of venna biscuits I used to eat in India.

  2. Nankhattais looks gorgeous, ur new template looks great n prefect too..

  3. nice cookies poornima:)will try out and let u know:)

  4. I love nankatai, it always reminds me of home as mom used to bake them or buy from the bakers.
    Yours looks so delicious, i loves the cashew on top.

  5. they look soo pretty and perfect with the cashews in the middle..nankatai always reminds me of home..we used to make these and give it to the local bakery to get it baked! :)

  6. Hello Poornima first time here, you have a wonderful site with some beautiful bakes....this nankhatai looks lovely and very tempting :-)

  7. hey i love these..can you provide mesurements in cups instead of gms

  8. No one can tire of these simple yet delicious cookies. Yours look great... i think your husband got a great deal :)

  9. wow! looks yum n delicious!
    first time to ur blog and it is very nice!
    do visit my blog when u find time!


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