Friday, 10 July 2009

Nan Katai

I am writing after a long time, my excuse again is lack of time. Anyway between office, home and playing Caesar I seem to have very little time.

The other day I had made Nan Katai only the kids were told that I am baking cookies. It was after they demolished the entire batch that I told them what the cookies are called and now I am being sweet-talked into making more of them.

This is the basic recipe.

2 cups or 150 grams Maida
¼ tsp Baking powder
¾ cup or 100 grams ghee
1 cup or 115 grams sugar
2 tsp curds
½ tsp cardamom/elichi /yallaki and nutmeg/jaiphal/jajikai powders

1. Sieve Maida with the baking powder 3 times.
2. Beat the ghee, add sugar and beat well again.
3. Add the flavourings, curds mix.
4. Add the maida and make balls.
5. Bake at 180ºC on a greased foil. Allow room as the nan katai spread.

My variation, this time is
1/3 cup of a mixture of milk powder and Bombay rava and 3 tblspn cocoa powder. I also used self raising flour instead of the maida and hence I left out the baking powder. Yes I also used vanilla essence about ¼ tsp. Since the mixture was too dry I have used approximately 1 cup milk. This I think is avoidable if you let the mixture stand for about 1 hour it becomes soft as purl dough.

Next time I am going to reduce the amount of ghee and use some milk.

I got 27 pieces, but of course, you have to take into account the fact that some of the balls were made by Akanksha.

You could also use cookie cutters to give it some nice shapes.

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