Eggless Indian Shortbread Cookies

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Nankhatai is Eggless Indian Shortbread Cookies from the Indian subcontinent and popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and “Khatai” from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit.

Nankhatai biscuits – Eggless Indian Shortbread Cookies


  • 250g butter
  • 250 ml Castor sugar
  • 5ml fine Cardamon
  • 125 ml gram flour (chickpea flour)
  • 500 ml Cake flour
  • 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
  • slivered almonds and Pistachio nuts


A bag filled with almonds


Cream the butter and castor sugar together.
Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix together until you have a soft dough.
Make ping pong size balls and add an almond onto each cookie.
Place on a parchment baking tray and bake in preheated oven 180°C for 16 minutes.


4 cups of coffee on a tray


Let them cool and enjoy with a cup of coffee or if you prefer some delicious tea.

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