Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nankhatai

Chocolate Nankhatai
Nankhatai is a popular Indian, eggless cookie. I made a batch of these for Diwali using a recipe from Manjula's kitchen on You Tube. But I changed it up a bit for half the batch by adding cocoa and turning them into chocolate nankhatais. Here's how I made them:

1/3 cup maida (all purpose flour)
1/3 cup fine semolina

1/2 cup gram flour

A pinch of baking soda (Less than 1/8th tsp)

1/4 tsp vanilla essence

2 tbsp cocoa pwd.

1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)

2/3 cup powdered sugar

Almonds for garnish
Preheat oven to 350c.

Mix the first 6 ingredients well.

Make sure the sugar is of fine texture, you can pwd it in a blender if needed. Blend the sugar and butter (I used a blender for this) until soft & fluffy. Then mix the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mix and knead gently into a soft dough. Break into small round balls. Flatten each slightly. Top with half an almond. Place these on a greased baking tray and bake for about 12 mins.

I have had varying degrees of success making nankhatais in the past, but really loved how these chocolate ones came out.

These Chocolate Nankhatai's are off to FIC-Brown event at TongueTicklers.




I also made a batch of regular nankhatais using the above recipe. For making these, simply omit the vanilla essence and cocoa pwd from the above recipe. Add 1/4 tsp cardamon pwd instead. You can top the plain nankhatai with pistas, cashews, almonds or charolis. You can also add few strands of saffron to give them a good flavor. Here are my plain and chocolate nankhatais.



These Chocolate and Plain Nankhatais go to the JFI - Diwali Festival event at Cooking 4 All Seasons. JFI is the brainchild of Indira of Mahanandi.


Oh, and before I forget, these nankhatais go very well with a cup of steaming hot chocolate.



This easy, single serving of hot chocolate is just off the box of Hershey's Cocoa pwd. Here's how I make it:

1 cup milk - microwaved for 2 mins.

2 tsp sugar

2-3 tsp cocoa pwd

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp vanilla essence

Mix the sugar, cocoa & salt in a large drinking mug. Slowly our the hot milk, stirring gently all the time. Add the vanilla, stir and enjoy.

This easy hot chocolate is also off to the FIC - Brown event at TongueTicklers.

8 comments:

Divya Vikram said...

Wow..Nankhatai s with hot chocolate..Delicious !

Usha said...

This looks so delicious love it...will give it a try soon :-)

Sunshinemom said...

I too enjoy cooking from videos as it helps you know the consistency etc. better. The chocolate must have added a delicious twist! Thanks for sending them to FIC:)

Purva Desai said...

Nankhatai's are my fav tea time snack.....they look perfect and turned out well

Uj said...

love nankhatai...yours look really cute need to make them soon!

Supriya said...

Thanks for the encouraging words girls. I have so far made 3 batches of these nankhatais over the past 2 weeks. They seem to disappear pretty fast!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

wow nankhatais with chocolate. must have tasted very nice. I too like watching cooking videos.

Anupama said...

Hi Supriya ,thanks for coming over to my blog. Your nankatais look yum.

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