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A day for reminiscing with Nankathai – Eggless Cardamom Cookies

Coming from a middle class background from a very little town in India, an Oven was a luxury that we could not afford. It used to be frightfully expensive and we just had no use for it. Now that doesn’t mean that we did not eat any baked goods. I vividly remember desperately looking outside the window every evening, watching for the familiar figure of my father walking towards our home with a bag of goodies in his hand. Every day my father came home with a bag full of goodies for me and my brother. Infact he was known for this habit of his of never coming home to us empty handed.

1-IMG_6898He would get us Cakes, Ice Creams, Cookies and a lot of other delicious goodies that I and my brother would devour. The next day obviously we would go to school and boast in front of our friends about our eating adventures of the previous night. And since my brother loved cookies a lot my father would occasionally get ‘Nankathai’ which is an Eggless Indian cookie that used to be deliciously addictive.

1-IMG_6873My mother always used to keep a packet aside, hiding it from my brothers little arms as he used to finish all of them in one go if he was allowed to. But somehow he would always find the hidden stash and before we knew it the little devil used to disappear with them.

1-IMG_6877I have been missing my brother a lot, reminiscing about our childhood, the games we played and the silly fights we used to have. And when I see pictures of my little nephew being naughty just like my brother used to, it makes my heart ache even more. The funny thing is my nephew also loves cookies and apparently eats a lot of them.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetAnd for someone like me who breathes food, there is no better way to think of loved ones but to cook something that they love. So I have been baking a lot of these delicious little cookies in the past few weeks. The cookies are crumbly and chewy and taste really good and make me miss home, my family and everything that I have left behind.

Here is the recipe: (Cooking time 12 – 15 minutes)

100gms softened unsalted butter

60gms caster sugar

60gms plain flour

60gms gram flour/ chick pea flour

2 tbsp semolina

1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom powder

Pinch of ground cinnamon

½ tsp baking powder

Handful of roughly ground pistachios to decorate the cookies

Preheat the oven at 175 degrees C.

In a bowl mix all the ingredients except the Pistachios together into smooth dough. The dough is very soft and is easy to get together.

Lay non-stick baking paper on a baking tray and divide the dough into small portions and place them a few cms apart from each other on the tray.

Gently press a few slivers of the Pistachios on each cookie.

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Be careful that they don’t burn; the cookies are quiet light in color. Let them cool completely before you put them in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for 5 – 6 days.

Recipe Courtesy: Cook in a curry


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Anu Vijay

Wow… 1st time i read your blog… Awesome hobby n dedication to devote your time to cook delicacies in your busy schedule.
Best wishes!
Aane do… M reading n will surely try to bake someNankhtai(my fav too).


Thank you for stopping by Anu.

Arwen (Hoglet K)

Baking is a lovely way to reminisce. I think our sense of smell is particularly good for memories. These look like lovely biscuits.


Thank you so much Arwen, these cookies have a lot of fond memories associated with them.

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