Nankhatai, like any traditional shortbread biscuits, is made of flour, sugar, and butter. The flour used in Nankhatai can be of one’s choice, some use only gram flour (besan), some others mix refined flour and gram flour, also semolina is mixed with the flour by some.
Nankhatai is best baked in an oven but for those who do not have an OTG, this can be baked in a pressure pan with a lid that is filled with sand or salt at the bottom.
I have followed Aarthi Satish’s recipe (who blogs at Yummy Tummy), and have used flour and besan (gram flour or kadala mavu). Just doubled the proportions since I needed more quantity to distribute to friends and family on occasion of the festival. Also added food color to give a different hue.
Nankhatai is an Indian sweet similar to a cookie as this is made of flour and shaped and baked just like cookies or biscuits.