Sunday, August 12, 2012

Delicious Nankhatai biscuits in Old Delhi

No blog on Delhi is complete without a mention of these wonderful treats - light, crispy, flaky, nankhatais! I spotted this stall when I was walking along Dariba in Old Delhi, after a day of shopping for silver.


You know the best thing about these nankhatais? They're warm when you eat them! They are made hot and fresh on old-fashioned coal ovens, and when you bite into them, you get this warm crumbly deliciousness. It's difficult to stop with just one!

I love the browner ones, what about you? Store-bought nankhatais are a boring white colour, but these street stall ones usually have a lovely brown colouring. I think it's because they are stored right inside the coal oven, which keeps them warm and makes them browner. The baker usually rotates the trays, to evenly balance the heat from the coals. 

Another thing is that store-bought nankhatais are all the same size and shape, because they are cut using machines. But these ones, they are made by hand, and they have a pleasing lack of uniformity.

Try it at home. Nankhatais are downright easy to bake; you can be an utter kitchen-klutz and still turn out pretty decent nankhatais. I've made them many times, all by trial-and-error, but they always taste delicious and they always get polished off by the family in no time.

There are many variations of nankhatais, from plain to dry-fruit to chocolate flavoured. I like the plain ones best. There's a very good video here, which shows you how to make these at home: do try it! If I can do it, so can you :)

9 comments:

Shobna said...

Wow! The vanilla essence one will be the greatest - trial and effort coming up!

Nadeem Aijaz said...

Yeaah.. I have tried these a lot. My every visit to Old Delhi encourages me to find new snacks or dishes.

Nadeem
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krishna said...

ah!! nankhatai.. i love these biscuits.. sometimes i make at home..

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trishanka said...

Thinking of trying those. Looks good.

Mike Stratton said...

Thanks Deepa, I enjoy our local knowledge, and yes, the nankhatai were hot and cookie delicious!

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