Nan Khatai

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Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai – I love these traditional Indian biscuits. These soft buttery and crumbly cookies are melt in the mouth and to die for. The smell of fresh baked Nan Khatai brings back memories of the local bakery we visited during our childhood.  The flavor of cardamom and nutmeg filled the air with a beautiful freshness.

The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit.

The history of the nankhatai in India began towards the end of the 16th century, when the Dutch set up a bakery in Surat to cater to the needs of the local Dutch. When the Dutch left India, the bakery was handed over to one of the Parsi employees who developed the Nan Khatai  inspired from ‘Dutch Butter Biscuit’ and local sweet called “Dal’.  The original Khatai included eggs and was leavened with toddy.  Since the…

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