Besan Nankhatai /Besan Nankatai Recipe /Eggless Nankhatai with Besan

Besan Nankhatai/Nankatai are aromatic delicious Indian cookies  made from gram flour.They are crunchy yet melt in mouth .Since we use ghee/clarified butter to make these nankhatai/nantakais they taste absolutely delish and are aromatic.The entire house is left with wonderful aroma while these besan nankatais are been baked.These are so addictive that you need to bake a big batch Cos they vanish in no time.  
besan nankatai recipe
Remember I told you i baked different varieties of cookies in my previous post here's one of the cookies I tried that night. I have always made snowballs/nankatai but this time i tried adding besan/gram flour to the dough .the result was crunchy cookies Nankatias .I loved the nutty aroma from the besan while the cookies were getting baked..You could add little bit of yogurt it really gives a nice flavor .These are very addictive cookies perfect with a cup of Chai .

1 cup flour/maida
1/2 cup besan/gram flour
1/2 cup ghee
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp yogurt/milk.
eggless indian cookies


  • Mix together melted ghee and sugar in a bowl and beat it till its creamy.
  • Sift together flour with baking powder and baking soda 
  • Add sifted flour and besan to this and mix well.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix together.
  • Form small balls from the dough and place it on a baking tray lined with butter paper/parchment at regular intervals ,since they expand while baking.
  • Place chopped pista/almond over each cookie
  • Preheat the oven for 10 min at 180 degree Celsius.
  • Bake the nankatais for 18-20 min.
  • Let it cool completely on a wire rack before storing in air tight containers.

easy besan nankhatai

you could add milk instead of yogurt to knead the dough.
If you wish you could also add 1/4 cup of semolina /suji but you'll need to increase the amount of sugar and  ghee by 1tbsp and also extra milk will be needed.

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  1. thats absolute delicious would love to try it.

  2. Cookies look delicious..just need a cup of coffee:)

  3. My fav:-) looks yummy dear

  4. I came across your blog while looking for some Indian food recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes :)

  5. These are one of my favorite cookies!!!

  6. Wow!! Looks so tempting!! Must try your version!!

  7. this sounds very interesting.. naan khatai with besan .. very nice :)

  8. Very nicely done. This is one of my favourite.

  9. Very nice. Nice addition of besan flour and cardomom? ahhh! love the scent forever.

  10. My favourite. I never made it at home. I will try out this recipe. Love it :)

  11. i love nankhatais. Next time I bake them will try with besan flour to make them more crunchy.

  12. Besan nankhatai looks delicious.

  13. Perfectly done nankattais......Love to crunch these at any time....... :)

  14. I love nankhatais too but I have never had ones with besan. Such a lovely recipe...looks really good!!

  15. I have never had this kind of cookies...and know that I will enjoy the cardamon in it...yum!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  16. Nankatai looks superb...wish to have a couple of them right away