Nan Khatai & Eid Eats 2015

There are just a couple of days until Ramadan and once again this year, Sarah from Flour and Spice, Henna from My Ninja Naan, along with myself will be hosting Eid Eats 2015.  In case you missed it last year, it's a link party where we all make a dish that we would serve on Eid.  You can find all the details at the end of this post!

To get things started I'm sharing a recipe with you today that would be a wonderful treat after Eid Salat!  I've made Nan Khatai using a recipe from My Ninja Naan.  Nan Khatai is a buttery sugar cookie that is made in both India and Pakistan.  It is flavoured with cardamom.  I never ate these growing up but I do remember the scent.  My husband on the other hand, loved to enjoy this as a child and really enjoyed this version I'm sharing with you today.  I have made 12 cookies but if you would like that a bit smaller, divide the dough into 16 pieces as Henna did.

Nan Khatai
Adapted from My Ninja Naan

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar
4 green cardamom pods, pods removed and grounded
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
chopped almonds or pistachios for garnish

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and beat until broken up.  Add the icing sugar and ground cardamom.  Beat on low until mixed.

In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Give it a mix.  With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour to the butter mixture.  Scrape down the bowl as necessary.  Mix until you have a soft dough.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 300°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Divide dough into 12 pieces.  Roll each into a ball making sure there are no cracks.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle pistachios on top and press into each cookie.  Bake 20-22 minutes or until bottom of cookie is light brown.  Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Now to Eid Eats 2015.  Sarah, Henna and I are co-hosting a Virtual Eid Party.

The party will take place in the form of a link-up.  Here's how to participate:
  1. Prepare a dish that you would normally make on Eid.  Write up a blog post and post on July 15, 2015.
  2. Link your post to Flour & Spice, My Ninja Naan and Chocolate & Chillies. Make sure to add the above button to your post.
  3. On July 15th, visit one of our blogs to add your post to the link up.
  4. Be sure to visit and comment on the other blogs participating.
We hope you will join us in our Eid Party!  Let me know in the comments if you would like to participate!

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  1. Ramzan Mubarak Asiya! I am really excited we are doing this again :) and your naan khatais look lovely

  2. Nan khatai looks super cute..Wonderful capture

  3. The nankhatais looks so delicious... I thought that these were made using vegetable ghee instead of butter! :) The capture is amazing... Last time I had participated, so this time also InShaAllah will do the post... :)

  4. Eeeeks! This picture is so amazing! I'm so glad you enjoyed these :) Can't wait for Eid Eats! Have you thought of what you would like to share?

    1. Thanks Henna! I haven't even thought about it yet. I have a couple of posts I need to do this week. It's also the last week of school here. I soooo need a break! I'll start to think about it next week. Have you thought of anything yet?

    2. I have a few ideas on mind but there's nothing I've zeroed in on yet... Will tell you my ideas on Facebook ;)

  5. I didn't eat these growing up either, or if I did I don't remember! We used to buy some great mithai in London and I'm sure we tried these but it's been so long. They look wonderful though and I adore cardamom.

    1. Thanks Nazneen! Hope you will be able to participate in Eid Eats!

  6. i have such a weakness for khatai. my recipe for them comes from an auntie who throws the most lavish afternoon chai. they just dissolve in the mouth....


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