In the United States and Canada a cookie is a small, flat, baked treat, usually containing flour, eggs, sugar, and either butter or cooking oil, and often including ingredients such as raisins, oats, or chocolate chips. Most other English-speaking countries would call it a biscuit.
A close eggless cousin of the American cookie is the Indian Nankhatai. Traditionally made from soaked Maida or Semolina, this one is made in a jiffy from Allpurpose Flour. Takes under half an hour to make, and only five ingredients. The proportions here are enough to make 12 cookies.
1 cup Allpurpose Flour
¾ cup sugar (powdered)
½ cup ghee (soft, not flowing)
1 tsp. cardamom powder
Almonds sliced for garnish
Mix allpurpose flour and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the cardamom powder and mix well. Now add the ghee and knead to form a soft dough.
Divide the dough into 12 equal parts, and make a small ball out of each. On a greased baking tray, put the ball and flatten it a little retaining its round shape. Add sliced almond on each one of them. You can also add saffron strands if desired.
Preheat oven to 300 F and bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove tray from the oven and cool the cookies.
This recipe was featured on Rediff Diwali Recipes 2014!!