They're so simple: just three ingredients, plus any flavours you like. The basic biscuit is simple enough that it can take on any extra flavours you fancy. They should have a powdery, cracked top and go beautifully with a cup of chai (or just builders' tea) in the afternoon.
Coconut, Cardamom and Lime Nankhatai (makes about 16)
You will need:
- 120g plain flour
- 80ml oil
- 160g sugar
- 5-6 cardamom pods
- Zest of one lime
- 50g dried coconut
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Line a tray with baking paper.
- Split the cardamom pods and grind the seeds to a powder.
- Put the flour, sugar, cardamom, lime zest and coconut in a bowl. Gradually add the oil and mix to a soft dough. You may not need all the oil, so add slowly until it comes together.
- Divide into small balls and place on the tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are cracked and the biscuits are golden brown.
- Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.