Nankathai ( We call it naanhatan!), the white little flower shaped sweet which just starts to melt once you pop it in your mouth. It is one such traditional sweet from south indian muslims. In olden days making nankathai was a tough task, grinding in the grinding stone or kodakkal then ferment it and bake it. But now it is not so. You can prepare it in a jiffy.
I will share with you the easy recipe that is given to me by my grandmother who is a wonderful cook.
All purpose flour (or) Maida 250 gms
Powdered sugar 160gms
Salt a small pinch
Sieve the maida well.
Preheat the oven( conventional) to 180*C
In a big thali or tray cream the ghee and sugar together using your fingers.
Add the salt. Cream it very well.
Now add the maida little by little and knead it into a soft dough. If the dough is stiff then add little more ghee (Cream it before you add)
Divide the dough into small balls. You can use mold of any shape or size you prefer.
Shape it using the mold .
Bake it in oven for 12 to 15 min( the time varies with each oven )
Do not allow the nankhathais to brown.
The tasty Nankhathai is now ready to eat.