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August 22, 2014


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Benne biscuit recipe
Nankhatai( Indian butter cookies) is called by different names in different languages.In Tamil nadu, we call it as”chewsburry”.In Karnataka,it is called as “Benne biscuit”.But whatever be the name,its a very popular biscuit all over India which u can find in all the bakeries.Here in Bangalore,Iyengar bakery is very famous for Benne biscuit,Khara biscuit,open sandwich,khara bun and many more.Though i am in Bangalore for the past 9 years,i had tasted these bakery stuffs only a few times.But every time when i come across Iyengar bakery style recipes in my fellow bloggers blog,i feel like trying them immediately but somehow i didn’t.Yesterday i was tempted very badly by seeing this recipe.The comments & feed backs from the readers made me try the recipe immediately.Actually it was titled as Benne biscuit(butter cookies) but ghee was used in the recipe.I doubted & browsed through so many benne biscuit recipes and most of them had ghee or oil.And finally i got the explanation for its name from here.As this biscuit has a smooth & melts in mouth texture,it is called Benne biscuit & not that its made of butter.Of course,in bakeries they do use dalda or vegetable shortening.So without researching further,i just tried it.In the next 20 minutes,biscuits were ready in my hand & Yes,it was a big hit in my home & among my Kannadiga friends too Dancing.But my friends told cardamom is optional to use otherwise it is perfect ! My in-laws and myself loved it very much.I had already posted Multi grain Nankhatai recipe with oats,ragi & wheat flour using oil.But this recipe uses ghee.So how come it tastes bad when u add so much of ghee??Tongue.Even Beginners in baking can dare to try this recipe.U will get the perfect result , iam sure Happy..Ok,Lets see how to make this iyengar bakery style eggless benne biscuit/Nankhatai at home easily.

Benne biscuit recipe

Benne biscuit/Nankhatai recipe

Benne biscuit/Nankhatai recipe Easy,bakery style nankhatai recipe for tea time!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Baking
Serves: 10 nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 12 Minutes
Total time: 22 Minutes

1 cup -200ml
  • Homemade ghee - 3.5 tbsp ( use 4 tbsp max) 
  • Maida/All purpose flour - 1/2cup
  • Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Crushed cardamom + clove – 2 + 1 no (optional)
  • Baking powder - 1/4 tsp

  • Powder sugar adding cloves & cardamom very finely.Melt ghee & bring it to room temperature.In a wide bowl,take the flour,powdered sugar,baking powder.Mix well.Add melted ghee at room temperature little by little and make a dough.
Benne biscuit 1
  • Dough should be non-sticky and soft without cracks.But it won’t be too soft & pliable like chapathi dough.So no need to add more ghee.Initially dough would look crumbly but as u roll it tightly, u will be able to make a soft dough.
Benne biscuit 2

  • Now take a cookie tray & grease it with little ghee.Take big gooseberry sized ball and press it lightly.Do not press it flat.These biscuits are meant to be small & round.Hope u know.But by mistake, I flattened it bit more.Cracks may form.Pat it and seal the cracks.Arrange all the biscuits in the tray.
Benne biscuit 3
  • Preheat oven in convection mode for 10 minutes in 180c.Then keep the cookie plate and bake the cookies in 180 c for 12 minutes.Switch off,remove and set aside for 5 minutes.Now try to move the cookies,if they move,it is done.Else cookies will be sticking to the plate and it will break.
  • Let it cool completely.When the cookies are hot,it would be very soft.Cracks are unavoidable.It shows the cookies are done. May be if u add 4 tbsp ghee,cracks might be less.Do not brown it.It will be cooking even after u remove from oven.So be patient & allow it cool completely.Remove,Serve & Enjoy with tea !
Benne biscuit 4

  • I used ghee with sediments.So mine turned out slightly yellow in color.Otherwise it should be white.
  • No problem if the cookie dough is slightly crumbly.Just roll it tight and make balls.If u feel,the dough is cracking too much,add little more ghee say 1/2tbsp.
  • In the actual recipe,it was told to rest the dough for 2 hours before baking but i din’t do it.
  • U can always replace ghee with oil or butter.But quantity may vary.
  • Never add frozen ghee,It won’t work.U should use melted ghee but it should not be hot,It should be in room temperature.

Enjoy this bakery style melt in mouth benne biscuit with hot milk or tea !

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  1. chewsburry looks delicious....

  2. Aah... so crunchy... I am also tempted to try your cookies now? Melted ghee or thick ghee to use, dear?

    1. U should use only melted ghee but not hot.It should be in room temperature Rafee :)

  3. Very easy recipe,will sure try tis 2day n will share with u

  4. I will try this today
    Please check my blog http://sreshtaskitchens.blogspot.in/2014/08/vakkaya-pappu-charucranberry-dal-rasam.html

  5. today I tried benne biscuits the recipe of chitras food book .com,awesome taste less ingredients n   prepared in short time if u have unexpected guests.thanku so much for sharing the recipe Chitra.

  6. Crispy and tasty nanakatai ...... Lovely!!

  7. very simple and easy to make.. no egg , i like it :)

  8. i just love them...it has come out really well

  9. This looks easy recipe with few ingredients, well they are in my 'soon trying list'. Nice pics.

  10. Just baked a batch of benne biscuit tasty and quick. My 3 year old is munching on them nonstop .thank u for the recipe

    1. Thanks a lot Supriya.I am glad ur kid liked it :)

  11. Just baked a batch of benne biscuit tasty and quick. My 3 year old is munching on them nonstop .thank u for the recipe

  12. Absolutely lovely. My 5y old loves it.

  13. Wonderful recipe......i had tried several recipes but this one was just perfect...:)

  14. Very Nice recipe..I want to replace ghee with oil..Will it be same?

    1. Yes,u can use.But quantity may vary.Please share ur feedback if u try it.Thanks.

  15. Awesome recipe, I tried it today and it was a superhit!! Thanks for sharing the recipe Chitra. Tomorrow I will be making the spicy version that you have shared on this blog! :-)

    1. Thank u so much for the feedback.Do share the feedback of Khara biscuits too :)

  16. Hi Chitra,
    Excellent recipe.....very easy and yummy. Just tried these out - turned out fantastic. Thank you!

  17. Hi Chitra,

    Thank you very much for a easy recipe. I'm a total beginner in cooking as well as baking. I tried your recipe today,and I have a problem :(
    My dough was very crumbly even after agg 4 Tbsp of ghee and wouldn't roll out. So I add about a Tbsp of milk to it. Though the taste is awesome the cookies are extremely crunchy and browned on the edges. And a little chewy in the center. I'm not sure where i went wrong. I did add room temperature ghee. And took 1/4 cup of sugar (crystals) and powdered it.

    1. Hi, After adding ghee, the mixture would be crumbly to look at. But If you roll it tight, u can make a dough. No worries even if there are cracks. We can seal it by pressing. Instead of milk, you could have added some more ghee or atleast oil as mentioned in Notes section. Adding milk might make the cookie chewy and uncooked. I too have experienced this. Next time if you do it, use 200ml cup measures. Add more ghee or oil if needed.You will get it right for sure. Hope this helps :)


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