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Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai

Nan khatai

Nan khatai is an egg-less light and crispy biscuit that's perfect to serve with tea or coffee.
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people


  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour plain flour or maida
  • 1/3 cup fine sooji samolina
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom coarsely ground ilaichi
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp almond sliced
  • 1 tbsp pistachio sliced


  • Pre heat the oven to 375 degree.
  • In a bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, gram flour, sooji, baking soda and cardamom powder and set aside.
  • Let the butter come to the room temperature (butter should be soft not melted)
  • Add butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for two to three minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour mix to butter and sugar mixture and knead them together to make smooth dough. Divide the dough into about 24 equal parts and make them into balls. Press each ball between your palms lightly; every piece should be about 3/4" in thickness.
  • With a sharp knife softly draw a tic-tac-toe design on the top and put few pieces of almonds and pistachios and press them into the dough gently.
  • Put Nan khatai on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 13 to 15 minutes or until Nan khatai are lightly gold brown.
  • After they are lightly golden brown remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Let the Nan Khatais cool down for two to three minutes before taking them off the cookie sheet.


Nan khatai make a great homemade gift for holidays. Your friends and relatives will love it.
Serve them with hot cup of chai.
Keyword Biscuit, Cookies, Eggless, Kid Friendly, Tea Time Snack
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225 thoughts on “Nan Khatai

  1. Hi Manjula, can I use polenta flour in place of sooji in this recipe?
    Also in the ingredients you have forgotten to put the besan (1/2 cup I believe).
    Thank you, Didina

  2. Dear Manjula,
    I have not tried this recipe yet and I know it doesn’t need eggs, but I wanted to tell you I have tried a good substitute for egg yolk in pastries, here is the recipe https://www.google.it/search?client=ms-android-om-lge&site=webhp&ei=_WzeWITLK8ftaKzkqOgD&q=vegan+egg+yolk+sub&oq=vegan+egg+yolk+sub&gs_l=mobile-gws-serp.12..0i19k1l2.1307.2580.0.3604.….0…1c.1.64.mobile-gws-serp..0.2.232…41.l4adhqJC8do (sorry I don’t know how to link). I tried it in a shortbread cookie and it worked! It can be made gluten free easily by swapping ap flour for rice or sorghum flour.
    Best wishes, Didi

  3. Will Nan Khatai bake in an OTG Oven and my mixture of Nan Khatai is wet how can I bake it or dry it.
    My tray of oven has lost can I bake it on grill.Pls HELP

  4. Hi Manjula Aunty
    I love your recipes and try them and my family loves the dishes.
    I tried nan khatai but unfortunately all cookies came flat and were mixed in each other as liquid. Can you please suggest what might have gone wrong?


  5. I reduced the sugar a bit & substituted the butter for regular vegetable oil. I made sure my dough was a little crumbly (similar to that of a tart dough) but could easily be smoothed into balls – the biscuits came out fab!

  6. Hello Manjula Ji,
    I have tried nan khatai first time and it turned out very delicious…..I want to ask is it necessary to use unsalted butter or desi ghee……can we use amul butter for it?
    Please advice.

  7. Manjulaji

    Thanks to people like you that even amateur cooks like me are able to try out different recipes to the delight of my husband and kids. Keep up the good work..regards sunita5Z

  8. hi
    I want to the exact measurements in baking in general what does 3/4 cup means in terms of gms or ml. I have recently purchased an oven but unable to use since I am getting the replies from any of the blogs I went through to start baking . btw I have measuring cups which is in ml/cc not gms so does it mean I need to buy a weighing scale too. I am placed abroad/pl reply

      1. 5 stars
        I been trying same recepie every Diwali from 2016 and it’s come out good. I read all comments above and every one has to be patient and check your product it’s not expire mix well first butter and sugar and for good results only make one batch at times cause I made 2 batch will loose the power of baking soda. And also your rasgulla recepie good too.
        Thank you ???? manjullaben

  9. We tried this recipe twice and failed both times. The cookies were very flat and bubbly . They didn’t turn. Out like yours. We followed the recipe exactly. So what happened. Pls advice. Thanks.

  10. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    I tried the nan- khatai recepie today. This is the first time i have tried baking anything. And yet they turned out wonderful 🙂 🙂
    My husband loved it! !!! . Thank you so much for posting this simple recepie.


  11. Please can you tell me the receipie of of making पिठाची गोड बोरे which Maharashtrians usually prepare at the time of Sankrant.


  12. can Nankhatai be made in our pressure cooker since I am not having oven or microwave? if so please give the whole process so that I can make nankhatai at home without oven.

  13. This was my first recepie from your YouTube collection and I am amazed how good it turned out. I loved the outcome and will be trying out your other recepies in the next few days. Hopefully I can try one new recepie a day. I love to cook all kind of foods and trying out Indian dishes these days.

    Thanks for this wonderful recepie.

  14. Hi Aunty,

    Your recipes are just awesome… My nan katai’s turned out to be really good in taste but they turned out to be a bit soft. Can you let me know the reason so that I can improve the next time.

    Thank you.


  15. hi aunt,
    thank u for the wonderful n tasty recipes i have a few desserts like rasagilla ,jalebi n they cam eout good.Aunt i woould like to ask u if u would give me a recipe for pittu.thanq in advance

  16. Following your recipe, i tried naan khatai and it turned out to be simply yummy! My family loved the cookies.Thank you for the recipe. I would like to add that i baked the cookies in convection mode for 15 minutes. Thanks once again.

  17. Thank you M.Didi,
    I made this today it spreaded flat melted like paper thin.
    Maybe I greased the pan too much?
    Next time I will use less sugar too.

    The taste was good. But was paper thin cookies.
    Any suggestions DiDi?

  18. I tried this recipe but in my oven it just completed melted and became a hard mass!What went wrong??
    Also do we use castor sugar instead of regular sugar otherwise the dough becomes granular??

  19. Hi Manjula ji,

    I find your recipes very interesting and easy to make.

    I would like to know if these Nan Khatai’s be stored and if so for how many days.

    Thanks & regards,


  20. bina,
    Looks like your nan khatai mixture was too warm( from mixing, or your kitchen was warm). Next time you could chill the batter in the fridge for an hour or less to firm it up a little. Also, ovens vary and baking time should be taken as an approximation only. I think that you overbaked your cookies-try to remove from the oven about 4 minutes sooner. With experience you will come to know your oven. Good luck!!

        1. Degree is used both for F and C..But in this recipe it refers to F..only fahrenheit scale is used in US and no cookies/cakes are made at high temp of 360 deg C

  21. Dear manjula aunty, i am an Indian…n i completely adore n look forward to all ur receipes….till date all ur receipes hav earned me compliments…..ur receipes r de easiest n simpliest to comprehend..I LOVE de format of ur user friendly website as well…Kudoss…Keep up de good work…its U because of whom now i am a cook as well….my mum gives u loadss of love n blessings 4it….keep up de gd work always!!!regards..NANDITA

  22. Dear Manjula i also want to say that in ur recipe u made 22 – 24 cookies which looked just the right thickness…..but with exact same recipe i got to make only 15 cookies which were flat and thin and not as big as urs….plz tell me where i went wrong…..thanx again

  23. Dear Manjula …….i love these cookies,,,they turned out delicious…………….but i have a question…..i followed the recipe exactly but my cookies were tooo flat and extremely crunchy since nan khatai is meant to be a lil soft and the tic tac toe marks i made also didnt show since they got flat ……..where did i go wrong please tell me …..thanx

  24. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    I made these naan khatai today and they turned out very well and crispy and delicious…thanks for sharing the recipe…I love your website..you are doing a great job!


  25. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    I just tried making them! Turned out very well. My family loves them. 🙂
    Only thing is that they expand A LOT when in the oven, so don’t make the initial balls too big. Also, some people might find them a little on the sweet side – depends entirely upon you taste.

    Again, great recipe/tea biscuit. Very professional looking too. 😀


  26. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    I love your recipes. Specially because they are without onion and garlic. Just wanted to ask for nan khatai can I use baking powder cause I do not have baking soda? if yes how much should I use?

    1. Seema,
      Recently I was baking something and couldn’t leave the house to get baking soda when I realized I was out. I googled what the substitutes were and you are right. You can substitute baking powder for baking soda. It tells you to use three times the amount of baking powder as you do baking soda but it also warns you that using that much, may alter the taste of the food.

      As far as the results that I had when I substituted using the three to one ratio – I would not do it again. It had a metal taste to it and you could taste it in the baked goods I was preparing. If I were you, I would just purchase the baking soda – speaking from personal experience. If you try to use less powder then the three to one ratio, then the naan may not rise properly and it still may have a taste.

      I hope that this helps you and good luck!

  27. Hello Manjula Aunty,
    Can i make variations in this recipe…..like adding Pistachio pudding mix etc to make for festive occasions like Christmas. ???
    If yes, then should the quantity of sugar or anything else in your original recipe be reduced ?
    – Rupa

  28. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    last weekend i tried 2 of your recipes(Nan Khatai and Lemon rice) and they both turned out very delicious… thnk u sooo much for so tasty and easy recipes.. Nan Khatai recipe is simple awesome and very easy to cook..

    Aunty , can u plz share some recipes for biscuits tht v can hav with tea.. like namkeen biscuits and some glucose biscuit or toast… smthng which we can hav with morning tea..

    waiting for ur reply


  29. hi, My KHATAIS did’nt turn out good. i guess my suji was not fine …….also they turned out burnt…..and not tasting good 🙁
    i’ev been tryg out yr recipe’s for months but always had good experience, don’t knw why they did’nt look anywhere close to biscuits….
    Can you suggest what went wrong !!!

    thank u

  30. Hi Manjula,
    I am now going to try this recipe. I should have written earlier but did not get around to do it. I have been trying your recipes for a long time- dessers, vegetables, daals etc. They are absolutely beautiful and me and my family absolutely enjoy these dishes. Boondi laddoos have become our favorites….people have started calling me a ‘Halwai’ In fatc the other day, I followed the ‘Sandesh’ recipe and sent it to my sis-in-law, who is a Bengali. Tell you she and her friends kept calling me for the recipe….they absolutely loved it.
    So thanks for sharing your beautiful recipes

  31. Hi Guys,
    I have just tried this – and it turned out pretty good. tip: mix the butter and sugar with the hands and then mix with the flour and make a dough like you would make a roti dough. then put in the oven for 20 mins – 220degrees celcius. watch the cooking. when u remove the naan khatay, it will feel soft and not crunchy at all – you must then leave it to cool until it hardens.. Hope this helps @ Jyoti 🙂 This is my first time.

  32. Hi,

    I am eager to try this recipe but wondered if someone could tell what half cup butter equates to in terms of weight of butter? This is more precise …


  33. Hi Manjula aunty!!!
    I tried KHATAIS but i don’t know why they get destroyed.In 5-7 minutes they just get dark from the bottom….Will you please tell me my mistake….i tried them many times but this happens every time…and one more thing that do we have to off the oven after it comes to 375 degrees?

    1. hi,i”m rozy.i make these many times.i have no problem.actually i notice one thing that we should not use non stick cookie sheet.we should use silver sheet{pizzasheet that has wholes in it, that is round one . i bought from wal mart.this is silver in colour.}i always make cookies and nan khatais in this.i tried in black non stick cookie sheet.that is not good.temparature should be 350.check after 6-7 minutes.do not leave in oven after they get little brown in colour.do not turn off oven.and check after every minute. i think thath will be thankfull to you.

  34. Hi Aunty

    I tried these nankhatais today, but faced 2 problems–

    cookies came out flat, and did not puff up like yours did. What could have gone wrong? I followed every step just as ygot burnt from thou mentioned.

    Also, they burnt from the bottom really fast.


    1. Neha, butter is good, ghee is better, coconut oil is best for health & you will not get fat from it. Margarine is bad for health & was introduced in about the late 50’s. Soon after people had more heart problems. I am nutritionist/herbalist.

      1. Dear Robert,

        Thank you so much. I did some R&D from site and came across the health benefits of coconut oil. I will definately use Coconut oil from now on. Would like to have your email address for some advice in future.


  35. Hello Aunty,
    Thank you so much for helping us making varieties of dishes. I tried nan-khatai today but unfortunately it got burnt in 5min. and it melted in the sheet. I don’t know where was the problem may be my butter was little more soft because dough did not turned out thick it was very soft. Please suggest how much time the oven should be pre-heated.


  36. plz can u suggest me abt. the time used for nan khatai in microwave oven. and also for how much time oven is to b pre heated. i have tried dis recipe with same ingredients bt. dese burnt frm lower side in just 7-8 min.
    i have used microwave oven very first time. so if possible plz suggest me how to use it properly. and also give me in farenheit. thanks

  37. hello aunty

    today i have tried nankhatai recpe. i used the ingredients of same amt. as u said bt when i made dough its not sticky may b bcz of more butter and also the nan khatai’s are burnt frm bottom. plz cud u tell me wats the problem nd also plz suggest me oven is to b pre heated for how much time?

  38. Dear Manjula Aunty,

    I tried this recipe today and it turned out awesome!!
    It is for the first time that I tried to make any sort of biscuit and I was surprised to see the result myself 😀 … Thanks for your step by step instructions!
    I tried lot of your recipes and especially I love all your dessert recipes.
    I am writing to you from Germany and it is very difficult to find good Indian Desserts here… your recipes are life saver!!!

    My sincere thanks to you for all the lovely recipes and your efforts!!

    Best Regards,

  39. Hi Manjula aunty…I’d like to thank u for the nan khatai reciepe. I tried it twice & it came out so well that my husband wants me to prepare it again & again whenever any guests arrive. This time when i searched for the reciepe on your site i could’nt find it. Pls tell me where can i find it… Hope every body enjoys these delicious cookies!

  40. Hello Aunti Ji

    I tried Nan khatai today after watching your video but they couldn’t come out soft (‘Khasta’)and crispy and also they got burnt from the base..Please tell me where i was wrong..

    Thanks and Regards

    1. this is because manjulaji have mentioned 350 celcius which was supposed to be mentioned as farenheit. so when you convert it to celcius it will come around 175 celcius.so please try out in this temp

  41. hello manjulaji i am your big fan always making using your receipes for my cooking but in coconut burfi you have not written how much milk we have to take or the thing which you are pouring at the start of video is cream or what i do not understand? Thanks ritu

  42. Hello Aunty,

    I tried Nan khatai twice and both times when i kept inside the oven the buscuit melted and spread through the cookie sheet… i dont know what mistake I am doing. Can u please help me and tell me what might have gone wrong?

  43. Hello Aunty
    We love your website and recipes. We have wanted to make Rasmali for years and your website was a treasure trove waiting to be found. Our Dad thinks you look like his Mum. We are about to try the Nan khatai and we hope it goes well.
    Thankyou for everything

      1. hi jaya

        plz can u suggest me abt. the time used for nan khatai in microwave oven. and also for how much time oven is to b pre heated. i have tried dis recipe with same ingredients bt. dese burnt frm lower side in just 7-8 min.
        i have used microwave oven very first time. so if possible plz suggest me how to use it properly. and also give me in farenheit. thanks

  44. Hello Manjula ji,

    I tried Nan Khatai today. But when i kept inside the oven the butter got melted fully and it spread through the cooking sheet and did not look like a buscuit. I have tried many times but the same thing happens.

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