Inspired by the recipe here: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/nankhatai-recipe/
1 cup Maida or all purpose Flour
¼ cup Besan/gram flour
½ tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tbsp Sooji/Rava/Cream of Wheat
⅛ tsp Nutmeg powder
½ tsp Cardamom powder
½ cup Ghee
½ cup Sugar
Quarter cup Milk
Few Almonds or Dates, chopped
Grind Dates with Milk till it is a smooth mixture. Keep it aside.
Cream the Ghee and Sugar in a food processor.
Mixture should become smooth, light and creamy.
Sift the the following dry ingredients - maida or all purpose flour, gram flour/besan, baking powder and baking soda. keep the sifted dry ingredients aside.
add milk/dates ground mixture to the creamed ghee+sugar mixture. mix very well.
now add the sifted dry ingredients. also add the sooji/rava/cream of wheat, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder.
gently mix everything. do not knead. just mix and gather to a smooth dough. if the mixture is too crumbly and you cannot bring together to a dough, then add 1 to 3 tbsp of milk. mix lightly and bring the mixture to a dough.
pinch medium sized balls from the dough.
roll them evenly in your palms. slightly flatten them. press decorative sugar and/or almonds on the top lightly.
you can also make some criss cross designs on the nankhatais with a fork or toothpick.
place the cookies in a baking tray.
keep some space between them as they expand while baking.
bake the nankhatai in a pre heated oven at 350F for 25 mins till light golden.