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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 2 dozen (approx)


  • 2 cups maida/all purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup vanaspati vegetable shortening or ghee
  • 1 tea spn baking soda
  • 1/4 tea spn cardamom powder optional


  • Heat vanaspati/ghee till it melts and add it to flour.
  • Mix all other ingredients. (Do not add water).
  • Take all the mixture to one side of the bowl (press it using hand, there should not be any gaps in the dough).
  • Leave the mixture for 4-5 hrs.
  • Make small rounds with the mixture. Sometimes the dough breaks easily while making balls. So apply a bit of ghee to the hands and apply pressure with hands while making the balls.
  • Keep the balls on a greased oven proof dish (or on a parchment paper).
  • Bake in preheated oven at 300F for around 30-40 mins (till the nankatayis get a few cracks on the top).