Millet Nan Khatai/ Kambu Biscuit/ Bajra Nan khatai

Nan khatais are Indian cookies primarily made with All-purpose flour, sugar and ghee as the key ingredients. I have made these cookies with All-purpose and wheat flour before. It always turns out great! I have a lot of Bajra flour left and wanted to try nan khatais with it. I wasn’t so sure of how it would turn out. But the taste was just awesome and honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference between regular nan khatais and these. It tasted just the same. You have to try it to believe it 😀

I always try to sneak in a variety of nuts in the cookies and cakes I make as my kids are not big fans of nuts. In this recipe, I have added three nuts – Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios. It’s entirely your choice. You can add only one nut or a combination of nuts or none at all! Ghee/Clarified butter is a must for this recipe. If you want to use butter instead, it will still taste good but you will not get the authentic taste. Now, let’s get into the recipe.

Ingredients

Servings : 14-15 BiscuitsPrep time : 30 mins
Kambu maavu/ Bajra flour1 cup
Ghee/Clarified butter1/2 cup
Sugar1/2 cup
Almonds10
Cashews10
Pistachios10
Cardamom1
Baking soda1/4 tsp
Salt1/4 tsp

Method :

  • Take a frying pan and dry roast the Kambu/Bajra flour in medium-low flame for 5-10 mins until the you can smell the cooked flour smell. Let it cool completely after it’s done.
  • Meanwhile, grind the sugar and cardamom together to a fine powder and grind the nuts to a coarse powder and keep them aside.
  • Now, take the roasted and cooled Kambu flour and add baking soda, salt, powdered sugar and nuts. Mix well together.
  • Then, slowly start adding the ghee one tablespoon at a time. Ghee should be at room temperature. You cannot use melted hot ghee.
  • Keep mixing the ghee until you can form a smooth dough. If you ran out of the measured ghee and still couldn’t make a smooth dough, add a couple of tsps more. If you don’t feel like adding any more ghee, just add some milk to form the dough. The dough should be smooth without any cracks.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for 15-20 mins. In the meantime, pre-heat oven at 350 F and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • After 15-20 mins, divide the dough into equal sized balls and gently press flatten them into a round cookie shape.
  • Arrange them in the baking sheet with 1 inch space in between each cookie and bake them for 15 mins in the middle rack of the oven.
  • Now, it’s time to munch on these delicious healthy cookies!
Notes :
– The cookies will be very fragile when taken out of the oven. So take care not to move them until they are completely cool.

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