From Grandma’s Kitchen: Nankhatais

These are crumbly, eggless cookies which are made in Goa usually around Christmas time.


4 cups flour

1½ cups of ghee (clarified butter)

1½ cups of powdered sugar (add more if you desire)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cardamom powder

Almonds or crushed pistachios or tutti frutti for garnishing


Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together.

Separately beat the ghee and sugar till fluffy.

Add the flour mixture in batches to the ghee and mix well.

Mix in the cardamom powder.

Knead the dough till it’s soft. Add more ghee if required. Wrap it and leave aside for 1-2 hours.

Then make small balls out of the dough and flatten them a bit.

Put the nuts on top.

Bake for 10- 15 minutes at around 180° C till well-risen.

Store in an air-tight container.