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Benne Biscuit / Nankatai / Butter Cookies

>> December 09, 2008

This biscuit is very common in india. Most People know the recipe of this biscuits. Some people know this as Nankatai and we used call at home in Benne Biscuit (Butter Cookies).

I want to share this and also a small story related to this..Actually this is my Aunt's recipe, she lives in Raichur, India. Whenever we(all my cousins) used to go to her place she used to make biscuits/cakes/icecreams or whenever she came to visit us in Bangalore/Mysore she used to bring these biscuits. When my parents saw my interest in baking they bought me an Oven. I took this recipe from her started making this for my cousins and my friends. Lets say this became one of my patent recipes in those days. Then after i got married and used to make this too in mumbai, for my in-laws. Once we moved to US, almost after 3 years I made these yummy biscuits again.. So thanks to my aunt for this tasty recipe.

Check out the ingredients of this biscuits



  • Maida / Plain flour - 2 cups
  • Rice flour - 1 cup
  • Bengal gram flour / Besan - 2 cups
  • Sugar Powder - 2 cups
  • Dalda / Vanaspathi Ghee OR Butter (unsalted) - 2 cups (melted)
  • Baking Powder - 1 tsp

  • Sieve maida, rice flour, besan & baking powder in a mixing bowl
  • Now keep adding the dalda ghee or butter little by little to the bowl sieve then add sugar powdered in that and again sieve well and make a soft dough
  • Divide the dough into small balls about 1 inch
  • Place the nankhatai balls on greased tray
  • Bake at 400 F (200 degree Centigrade) for about 20 minutes.

PS : Depends upon the Oven. Please be sure the temparatures of the oven may vary for different ovens. It may over heat or some may have less heat. I normally do @ 400 F (200 C). The best way is to start on low heat then you can make it high later.

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Happy cook December 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM  

I love this cookies, my mom used to make and also buy them from the bakers.
I didn't know they added besan flour to it.
Looks really yummy delicius.

Cham December 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM  

Did they had besan and rice flour for benne biscuit? I am drooling over this cookies

Red Chillies December 9, 2008 at 2:05 PM  

One of my favorite biscuits to eat. But adding besan and rice flour is totally new to me.

meeso December 9, 2008 at 4:31 PM  

What is in the middle? I didn't read or missed what it was... They look awesome!

sowmya December 9, 2008 at 7:31 PM  

they look perfect..and delicioius..so you are into baking nowadays!!!

Kalai December 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM  

Delicious biscuits! :)

anudivya December 10, 2008 at 12:37 AM  

They are so cute Mala! They look buttery and rich, oh yummy too.

Divya Kudua December 10, 2008 at 2:09 AM  

One of my favorite..I just love the melt in the mouth benne biscuits..never knew besan flour and rice flour were added..;-)

Vanamala December 10, 2008 at 8:03 AM  

HC thank you try.

Swetha yes mane ge ba.

Cham thank you

RC thank you

Meeso thank you. It is Red Cheeries :)

Smitha thank you

sowmya thank you .. yes iam very enthu to bake

Kalai thank you

Anu thank you

Divya thank you. yes sort of unique.

veggie belly December 10, 2008 at 4:24 PM  

These look so cute! Interesting that there is besan in these..i'll try them sometime!

Divya.M December 11, 2008 at 1:16 AM  

hi lovely butter cookies....love to prepare it myself...

Sharmi December 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

hmmm I cam smell them here:) they look so good. BTW are those lovely cookies coming for my event:)

AnuSriram December 11, 2008 at 3:02 PM  

They look perfect and yummy... Why don't you send this to some of those baking and christmas events going on?

vidhas December 11, 2008 at 8:51 PM  

My favourite biscuit. Looks so tempting.

Alka December 12, 2008 at 6:22 AM  

We Sindhis too call it nankhatai, but the ones which are popular amongst us are nan khatais like hot cross buns(with a cross or plus whtever u call) or the ones with a roasted or fried cashew sitting at the top of each nankhatai(u used cherries i guess and it looks cute)

Sunshinemom December 12, 2008 at 11:12 AM  

My kids too love nankatai. Yours look so cute. You could send them to the cookie festival going on at Food Blogga! That is strawberry jam in the middle?

Cynthia December 12, 2008 at 1:44 PM  

Ouuuu, they are so perfectly beautiful!

Vanamala December 13, 2008 at 5:00 PM  

veggi, Divya, Sharmi,Anu, Vidhas, cynthia thank you so much.

Alka nice info...thank you

Sunshinemom thank you that is Red Cherries :)

rekhas kitchen December 17, 2008 at 1:00 AM  

nankatai looks so yummy and superb

Anonymous,  December 21, 2008 at 6:00 AM  


do u have kobari biscuit/ coconut cookies recipe

Stumped October 14, 2009 at 3:02 PM  

Was looking for Benne biscuit recipe on google & landed on ur page.. Very nice blog. Being from Bangalore, I always loved Iyengar's food. I will surely try some for this diwali. Thanks..

archanasridhar1 November 1, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

Hi mala,
this is archana, a native of bengaluru staying in South Africa
tried ur khara biscuit recipe and it was an instant hit among the Indians here in South Africa.am yet to try your benne biscuit recipe. Was surprised that rice flour and besan r added to it.
When I tried the khara biscuit recipe I found out that the biscuits puff up better when individual balls r made and then flattened by hand and texture of the baked biscuit is just like the one's that u find at the iyengar bakeries!
Thank u for sharing such a wonderful recipe..............

simply.food December 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM  

These were a family favorite when I was kid, brought back memories seeing the recipe here ,they look delicious.

simply.food December 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM  

These were a family favorite when I was kid, brought back memories seeing the recipe here ,they look delicious.

TREAT AND TRICK February 5, 2010 at 7:53 AM  

This biscuit is totally new to me since never tried using besan and rice flour for biscuits...looks very soft and great presentation too.

Anonymous,  May 11, 2011 at 6:09 AM  

Thank you for sharing the receipe; what rice flour do you use?

Vanamala Hebbar November 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM  

@Anonymous : Swadh Rice flour..

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