I don’t know about others, I love to eat local food on trains. Especially on the train from Chennai to my suburban home town, the train is busy with food vendors selling stuff ranging from samosas, butter biscuits, boiled peanuts, mangoes, etc etc. I love the smell of those nei biscuits/butter biscuits/ ghee biscuits. They would be so warm and have a great texture to them , that the vendor would sell and empty the batch he baked for that day.
After a long time, when I visited my friend’s house here, she had made those , only better. I was transported back in memories at that instant. Thanks Lakshmi! :)
This is a recipe that had been long followed by her friend which she shared it with me. I had tried several recipes for nan katai and had never been so perfect as this. You gotto try to believe it .
All purpose flour(APF)/ Maida – 2 cups
Butter – 1 stick (1/2 cup)
Sugar- 1 cup
Rawa/semolina- 1/4 cup
Cardamom-2-4 pieces(based on how strong is their flavor)
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Canola oil – 3/4 cup
The basic and important thing is the butter has to be at room temperature.
1. Bring the butter to room temperature.
2. Powder 1 cup of sugar in a blender.
3. Blend butter and sugar very well.
4. Add oil and blend again.
5. Powder the cardamom.(You can reserve a spoon of sugar to add to this so it will grind well)
6. Pulse the rava if it is a coarse kind.
7. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate dry bowl. Use a fork/ whisk to incorporate them well.
8. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. This should look like a wet sand.
9. Make small balls and slightly press them between your palms.
10. Place them a cooking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 12-15 minutes.
11. The cookies are done when they are golden brown on the bottom and will be soft when hot. Don’t worry , they will finish cooking while they cool down.
Enjoy your nan katais with hot chai!