Nan Khatai Biscuits

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The traditional Pakistani biscuit. Though you can eat it during the day, it's best served with chai.
  • PREP TIME: 5 minutes
  • COOK TIME: 25 minutes
  • SERVINGS: 6 persons
Nan Khatai Biscuits


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar, finely ground
  • Pinch of nutmeg (jaifal)
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 cup flour / maida
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt


  • 1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C.
  • 2. Line a cookie sheet with wax / parchment paper.
  • 3. Take a large mixing bowl and add butter along with sugar. Whisk together till light & creamy. Add nutmeg and cardamom (elaichi powder). Mix.
  • 4. Sift flour (maida) with baking powder and salt. Whisk with a fork.
  • 5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir through to form a soft dough.
  • 6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  • 7. Knead dough another time to make the dough elastic and divide it into 15 – 20 equal portions.
  • 8. Roll each portion into a small ball and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  • 9. Make sure there’s space between the dough balls.
  • 10. Bake in the oven for around 20 – 25 minutes.
  • 11. Remove from oven and let the nan khatai cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely before eating.
  • 12. Store in an air tight container at room temperature.


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