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Nankatai....crunchy,crispy Cookie

By Prasanna Hede @savorybites0411

My loved cookie since childhood...Nankatai!!

I have fond memories attached to this cookie. Every year, during school holidays I used to stay at my aunts place in Panajim and she used to pamper me with all kind of goodies, fish varieties :)

She used to bring me this Nankatai from Cafe Central, which is a very famous bakery/shop located in heart of Panajim. Their products are to die for...its a must to try if you are in Panajim!!
So, if you visit Goa , do visit this awesome place and try their Patties,cookies,cakes and other stuff which is super good!!

I used to wonder how they make such wonderful cookies, super crunchy,flaky,crispy and melt in your mouth...always wanted to recreate that magic...and finally I did it!!!

Do try my version and enjoy!!

Nankatai....crunchy,crispy cookie


  • 1/2 Cup Maida
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Semolina / Sooji / Rava
  • 3/4 Cup Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Tsp Baking Soda (optional)
  • Pistachios/ Almonds for Garnish

Nankatai....crunchy,crispy cookie


  • In a bowl, add maida, wheat flour,semolina,sugar,baking soda and sieve 2 times.
  • Now, add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder and add ghee little by little to make soft dough out of this.
  • Do not put pressure when making dough. Use soft touch to make this dough.
  • Cover the dough and keep it aside or refrigerate it for 15 mins.
  • Line the baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Make small flat pedas / balls out of this dough. Slightly flatten the ball with your palm.
  • Place all the balls on baking pan. Keep some space between each dough ball, this will give them space to rise.
  • Keep this aside for another 10 mins.
  • With your pinkie make a slight depression at the center of each of the balls and garnish the dough balls with almonds or pistachios.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 Degrees F for 10 mins.
  • Now, bake the dough balls for 20 to 25 mins or till the cookies are done.
  • Enjoy with a cup of hot tea!!!

Nankatai....crunchy,crispy cookie


  • Using wheat flour is optional. You can use entire maida or entire wheat flour.
  • Baking soda is optional too. You can skip that too.

Nankatai....crunchy,crispy cookie

Enjoy Eating!!

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