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  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 2–4 people

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The butter–dough proportion has to be correct or the nankhatais can turn hard as biscuits. They should be melt-in-your-mouth soft.

Trivia Tadka

This crumbly, delicious and soft homemade cookie can be baked in just 30 minutes! It is a popular teatime biscuit-like snack which is believed to have originated in Surat. 


  • All purpose flour (maida) (1 cup)
  • Yoghurt (curd) (2 tbsp)
  • Powdered sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Butter (4 tbsp)
  • Vanilla extract (2 tsp)
  • Pistachio (pista) (a few)


  • Heat butter in a pan and cream it. Add sugar to the butter and mix well.
  • Next, add curd to the sugar–butter syrup.
  • In a paraat, sieve maida. Mix in the vanilla extract and the dahi-syrup mixture.
  • Knead into a soft dough and divide into equal lemon-sized balls.
  • With your palm, flatten these dough balls slightly and ensure there are no cracks.
  • Lightly press a pistachio on top of nankhatai.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for five mins.
  • Arrange the prepared flattened balls on a baking tray.
  • Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.
  • When the nankhatais have browned lightly at the bottom, remove from the oven and let them cool down.
  • Put them on a plate. Allow to cool or serve hot with tea on a cold winter evening.

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