5 Ingredients or Fewer

Nan Khatai

February  3, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Makes ~100 little cookies
Author Notes

These are wonderful, light, little cardamom butter cookies. They are easy to make, very unique and always a crowd pleaser! This recipe comes from the cookbook I am working on with my Indian mother-in-law. Although this recipe makes a lot, it is easily halved and they also make perfect hostess gifts! - elizabeth c —elizabeth c

Test Kitchen Notes

With so few ingredients, these simple, delicious cookies come together quickly and really allow the flavor of cardamom to shine. In my salt-loving opinion, the addition of a pinch of salt wouldn’t hurt but they are very good, and very sweet, as written. I thought rolling out 100 little balls would be tiresome, but it wasn't so bad (I scooped out heaping half-teaspoons to work with). The resulting cookies are such a dear little size, perfect with tea. They baked up with no problem on both lightly greased and ungreased cookie sheets. —Robin.Bellinger

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom seeds (coursely ground)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and cardamom seeds. Mix well to combine.
  4. Roll the dough into little 1/2 inch balls and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly brown.

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4 Reviews

I have a recipe very similar to yours, except that I use a little less cardamom, I think I will use more like you. They're always a big hit with chai!
Munster R. April 14, 2011
So delicious. Seriously. Warning--- you will consume at least 6 of them right out of the oven and feel like it's okay because they're so small and cute. My husband and I ate the whole batch in three days. Will definitely make again!
onetribegourmet February 18, 2011
I love eating nan khatai with a sweet cup of english tea! :)
FrancesRen February 3, 2011
I like. I'm going to try this.