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Besan nankhatai
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Besan Nankhatai recipe

Popular Indian shortbread cookies- Gluten-free cookies
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert, Diwali recipes, Festival recipes,
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Diwali recipes, Festival recipes
Servings: 12 nankhatais
Author: Jeyashri suresh


  • 1 cup besan | gram flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted ghee
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder | Milk masala
  • Nuts for garnishing optional


  • Sieve 1 cup of besan and add it to a wide bowl.
  • Powder ½ cup of sugar and add it to the bowl.
  • Add ¼ tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp cardamom powder.
  • I added milk masala.
  • Mix well nicely.
  • Now add the melted ghee. No need to add hot ghee. Just measure ½ cup of melted ghee and add to the flour.
  • Knead it to a soft dough.
  • If you feel it is hard, just sprinkle few drops of milk and knead well.
  • Take a small lemon sized portion of the dough.
  • Make it into round balls.
  • Do not flatten it. Just gently press.
  • You can keep a slice of pista or almond on the top.
  • I added milk masala on the top.
  • Preheat an oven for 5 minutes at 160 degrees Celcius.
  • Bake the nankhatais for 10-12 minutes at 160 degrees Celcius.
  • The nankhatais will be a bit soft once you take out.
  • Cool completely and store this in an airtight container.
  • Melt in mouth besan nankhatais are ready.



1. You can replace besan with plain flour.
2. Do not increase the quantity of ghee in this besan nankhatai.