Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Wishing my Readers a Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2013.

Hope everyone is back to the grind. We had a wonderful Holiday time.
For the school winter break, my kid has to write a journal about what he ate over the holidays. Usually, I don't prepare any special meal for Christmas. He wished for baked turkey, being a mediocre meat eaters, I opted for smaller bird chicken! We both set an Indo-Italian menu: baked whole tandoori chicken, lasagna and some garlic bread, for dessert Christmas fruit cake and cardamom cookies. We couldn't finish the chicken just imagine if it was turkey, I could have stocked my freezer for the whole year with only turkey meat. The leftover turned out into a delicious meal next day. Overall we enjoyed the Christmas meal.
These Cardamom cookies were published in my local news edition during the festive season. These cookies stand-alone just with one spice Cardamom.Very popular eggless cookies in India till now never tried. I was much interested with rice flour in baking ingredients.The only changed I made is topped with pistachios just to give the Festive look as I chopped too tiny they almost got burned and kept few minutes the dough in fridge to avoid flat cookies. They are crispy and perfect sweetness which pair well with the cardamom. Within a week, I baked twice to share with friends.


Recipe source: Cardamon Nan khatai
Yield: 29 cookies


  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup of powder sugar
  • 1  1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup of ground almond (i used blanched almond)
  • 1 tsp of ground cardamom (approx 12 pods)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Nuts (optional): 2 tbsp of pistachios chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees.
  2. User a hand mixer or whisk, in a bowl  beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Stir the flours, salt, ground almond and cardamom together and add to the creamed butter sugar mixture.
  4. Form a smooth dough . I kept in the fridge for 15 min not recommended by the author. Take a pinch of dough or use a tablespoon for uniform cookies. Roll in between the palm and flatten slightly in middle. Top with nuts if you are using.
  5. Place in cookie sheets (need two) , give at least 2 inches space to spread. 
  6. Bake in the middle of oven until the edge are lightly brown. It takes 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Once baked cool on a wire rack and store in airtight container.
Author note: Depending how u measure the dry ingredients -you may need a couple of tbsp of butter. I didn't face any problem to form the dough -baked twice .
The dough slightly melt in between your palms and form easily a round without crack cookies.


Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Happy New Year to you and your Family Cham !! Cookies are very tempting. Nicely done !!

Vani said...

Happy new year to you too, Cham! Beautiful clicks - those nankhatais look gorgeous.

Priya said...

Wishing you a fabulous,healthy and happy new year Cham.

Omg, irresistible and very attractive nankhattais.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Happy New Year!
I love nankhatai, havent made it since my childhood wih mom...
looks yum...

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Happy New Year to you too.

Nankattai has been in very very long before list of try to do. But never ever attempted making it. Your Nankattais are looking Gorgeous. Hope to try it soon this time.

sra said...

Happy new year,Cham!

Finla said...

Happy Newyear Cham, have a wonderful year, and i love nankatai one of my favourtie indian biscuits. These look so good.

ruchikacooks said...

cookies look so good chamka, been a long time since I baked them! when is school reopening? Monday?

Poornima Krishnan said...


Laavanya said...

Happy New Year dear Cham...
I have not made nankatais with rice flour.. must make it extra crisp. The holiday meal you made sounds fabulous.
My daughter wanted me to make pumpkin pie and rejectd the whole thing after eating just one bite! :(

Nagashree said...

First time here, came from Priya's blog. Nice space. nan Khatais look super yummy. Will come back for exploring more.

SS blogs here said...

Happy New Year, Cham!

Bong Mom said...

Happy New Year to you and your Family Cham. Nankhatais are yum and this looks ekdum perfect

Maha Gadde said...


Sowjanya@Ruchikacooks said...

Happy Pongal too Chamka!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Happy New year and Happy Pongal dear. Biscuit looks yummy!