THANDAI flavoured NAN KHATAI (Indian shortbread) with homemade thandai mix

Cooking time
30 mins
Serves
4 people

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Snack
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for-the-thandai-mix
1/2 cupchopped-almonds
10 numbercashew-nuts
1 table-spoonmusk-melon-seeds
1 table-spoonpoppy-seeds
1 table-spoonfennel-seeds
6 numbercardamoms
8 numberblack-peppercorns
for-nan-khatai
1/2 cupclarified-butter
1/2 cupcaster-sugar
1 cupplain-flour-maida
1/4 cupchickpea-flour
0 thandai-mix-as-prepared
1 pinchsalt
2 table-spoonrose-water
6 numberfinely-chopped-pistachios
Thandai, a chilled almond flavoured beverage, is an integral part of Holi. Holi, the festival of colours, is the celebration of arrival of spring and is being celebrated by Indians across the globe.
Nan khatai is a popular Indian shortbread biscuit. Traditionally, It is made with maida (plain flour), suji/rawa (semolina), besan (chickpeas flour) and ghee (clarified butter).
I have tried to give the traditional recipe a twist by adding homemade thandai mix.
FOR THANDAI MIX
  1. Give all ingredients a whiz in the blender and TA DA!!!! Home made thandai mix is ready. Don’t make a paste. Just 2-3 pulses should suffice.
  2. If using whole almonds then blanch and chop them before putting in the blender. Rose petal is used too but I have used rose water, while making Nan khatai, for the flavour. Do NOT add rose water while grinding.
FOR MOUTH MELTING NAN KHATAI
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/160 fan-assisted/350 F/gas 4.
  2. Line the baking trays with parchment paper.
  3. Grind the sugar (in the same jar used for making thandai mix).
  4. Cream ghee and powdered sugar together till light and fluffy.
  5. Add both the flour, thandai mix, salt and rose water.
  6. Mix them lightly with hands. Just gather everything together to form a big ball of the dough.
  7. Divide the dough in half and then each half into 10 balls.
  8. Round the balls using your palm and lay them on the prepared trays 1 inch apart and flatten a little with your fingers.
  9. Make a cross using knife and sprinkle the chopped pistachios.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until edges look golden in colour. Mine took 18 minutes.
  11. Leave on baking tray outside the oven for 5 minutes.
  12. Transfer on wire rack to cool.
  13. Devour them and store rest in the air tight container.

82 comments

  1. Vidya Iyer said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Looks awesome.. Next in my to try list
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  2. Ritu Karn said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Good snack for Holi :)
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  3. Aayushi Aayu said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      hehe Thank you ;)
  4. chanchal kothari said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    So cooling n fresh
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  5. Sameera Jalali said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    lip smacking!!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  6. Rachna Joshi said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Looks absolutely yum!! And can also be used to fill goodie bags for Holi, got to try this recipe x
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  7. ranjana said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Cool innovative twist churns out tasty nankhatais
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  8. Priyanka Shahi said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Hey Jay. ....wish u all the best ...
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  9. Shreela Sasidharan said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    These are soooo yummm... Loved the uniformity in color , shape & size in all the individual finished product .Superrrr
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  10. Manisha Anand said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Wow ... Who can even think of adding Thandai flavor in Nankhatai ... You are too good my friend !! Love you
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      hihi Thank you :D
  11. Priya Kumar said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    This Mouth watering naankhatai, will be trying soon. Simple ingredients and easy to make.
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  12. Varsha Chaudhary said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Such a cool and delicious idea
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  13. Kalyani Jha said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Looks awesome. ....
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  14. Ranjan Choudhary said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Lovely concept. ...
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  15. Lovlin Anand said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Lip-smacking nankhatai..........
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  16. Anjali Suresh said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Looks Delicious Feel like picking up one.....
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  17. Jyoti Agrawal Rungta said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Wow nan khatai in thandai flavour it's yummy
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  18. Kajal Gupta said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    good job.......
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  19. Prashant Kumar said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Yummy ...
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  20. Anjali Vishwanath said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Simply superb.....
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
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    Sameer said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    good one
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  22. Pappu Sharma said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    wow sweet....
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  23. Karishma Kadam Shah said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Looks marvellous
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  24. Tonoya Barua Chaudhuri said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Saved for my next holi goodies
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  25. Rashmi Mishra said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Saved for my next Holi as well.
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  26. Bhavana Bhakhri said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Just gorgeous beauties
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  27. Rupali patil said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Wow fantastic...
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  28. Ajay Rungta said on March 27, 2016 Reply
    Superbbbbb
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  29. Zafia Izhar said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    How can u be so innovative.... you have magical hands Jayshree..... well done
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Hehe Thank you di :D
  30. heena said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Looks delicious
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  31. heena said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Yummm
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you so much :D
  32. Natasha Jagota said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    It reminds me of my childhood days..... .....
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  33. Brinda Thakur said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Perfect twist for holi
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
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    Rani Jha said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Desi taste and just on time ! (Y)
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you :D
  35. Satpal Harpreet Shekhawat said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Innovative dish for holi
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you for your appreciation!
  36. Yogesh Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Masstt with tea/coffee!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you <3
  37. Gareema Kumar said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Ooooo....thats a great holi flavoured idea......
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you for liking it ❤️
  38. Radhika kakkar said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Drooling
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you so much Radhika
  39. Kajal Raj said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Cool Idea!!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thanks heaps Kajal ❤️
  40. Deepali Seth said on March 28, 2016 Reply
    Superb !!
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 28, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Deepali ❤️
  41. Geeta Virmani said on March 29, 2016 Reply
    Nice n yummy
    1. Jayshree Nishchal said on March 30, 2016 Reply
      Thank you Aunty :)

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