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Naan Khatai

a plate ofNaan Khatai

Naan Khatai from 2 batches

Naan Khatais are cookies that include cardomom, chick pea flour and semolina amongst other ingredients. It is a very delicious cookie, and ranks as one of my favorites. There are several recipes for naan khatai in recipe books and on the website. After trial and error, I came up with a whole lot of naan khatais and also a recipe that is simple and really works well.

I found that it is very important to time the baking. I had some that were too hard and others that were slightly undercooked. The best amount of time for these cookies/biscuits is 16minutes. It should retain a creamy-light fawn color and be firm to the touch. Here is my version of naan khatai.


  1. 2 cups all purpose/cake flour
  2. ½ cup channa/chickpea flour
  3. ¼ cup semolina
  4. ¾ cup bakers sugar/casor sugar, (use less sugar if your prefer)
  5. ¼ tsp. bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
  6. 1 tsp. ground cardomom
  7. ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)
  8. Fine slices or pieces of blanched almonds
  9. 1 cup ghee


  1. Mix ghee and castor/bakers sugar in a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to create a soft creamy mass
  2. Keep aside ½ cup of cake flour
  3. Combine the rest of cake flour with chick pea flour. Sift to remove lumps
  4. Add semolina, spices, & baking soda. Blend ingredients
  5. Add creamed mix to the flours to form a smooth dough. If dough is too sticky add small amounts of saved flour
  6. Rub a small bit of butter on 2 baking trays. Break small pieces of dough. Form little balls. Flatten slighty & place on baking tray.
  7. Add slivers of sliced almonds to each piece of dough. Bake in a 350° oven for 16-20 minutes
  8. As it cools it will become firmer. Enjoy
Tray of baked Naan Khatai

Tray of baked Naan Khatai

Tray of unbaked Naan Khatai

Tray of baked Naan Khata, shaped & ready to bake


Mix of sugar and ghee

Naan khatai dough

Naan khatai dough


Diabetics & others with health concerns, should exercise care and rely on medical advise about eating rich desserts. Many of the ingredients are high in calories & includes, butter & sugar. Please consider using more healthy alternatives to ingredients like sugar, butter & milk.

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