Nan Khatai ( Cardamom Shortbread Cookies )

As part of celebrating the end of Ramadan with Eid-al-Fitr (affectionately called “Sweet Eid” in my home), I’ve partnered up with a few other amazing food bloggers to share recipes for Eid prep!




I’m making Nan Khatai, which are cardamom flavored Pakistani shortbread cookies. Trust me, these are so delicious. Buttery, soft, and spiced with cardamom…topped with crushed pistachios, they’re perfect for the mid-morning after Eid prayers or the calm afternoon tea on Eid spent with family.



They last well for about a week, and they’re super simple to make with your kids as well! 


The original recipe calls for ingredients in ounces, but I’ve changed measurements for my US based people. Although I am admitting here, that recipes in weights vs. cup measurements turn out so much better! 
Nan Khatai : Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Nan Khatai : Cardamom Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp semolina (suji)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Crushed pistachios for decor


  1. Preheat oven to 375 deg F.
  2. Beat the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and cardamom powder.
  4. Add the yogurt into the butter-sugar mixture.
  5. Knead the butter-sugar mixture into the flour mixture by hand, until a smooth dough forms. If it's still sticky, add 1 tsp of flour.
  6. Roll out balls of dough (around 1 tsp each) in the palms of your hand. Flatten slightly and place on baking sheet about 1/2 inch away from each other. Press some crushed pistachios on each cookie. The cookies will spread when they bake.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes at 375. Remove from oven and do not disturb them until they are completely cooled.

Check out the other food bloggers’ Eid posts here:
All the way from Algeria, check out Algerian style m’khabez at Fruitful Fusion
From HoneyandDates, check out Firni (Rose Flavored Rice Pudding). 
I’ve also contributed this recipe for a Virtual Eid Potluck, check it out here. 


  1. Sadaf Afshan says:

    Lovely cookies. Thanks for linking it to my Virtual Eid Potluck party If you would like to be included in the roundup post please add a backlink to my blog post..I hope you had a wonderful Eid.

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