Saturday, June 18, 2016

CHOCOLATE NARAYAN KATAR: GUEST POST BY APARNA G.PRABHU

CHOCOLATE NARAYAN KATAR: GUEST POST BY APARNA G.PRABHU

I would like to thank my young friend, Aparna G. Prabhu for contributing this Guest Post. Aparna shows a flair for innovation today. She shares her recipe for Chocolate Narayan Katar in which she gives a new twist to that popular Indian style cookie which we in Mangalore call "Nararyan Katar." This is also known in different parts of India as "Nan Khatai".

Aparna has a blog called, "Aps Kitchen"  where you will find a nice collection of recipes for different varieties of dishes.



 Ingredients:
  • All Purpose Flour/ Maida, 1 cup
  • Gram Flour/Besan, 1 tbsp
  • Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Cocoa Powder, 1 tbsp
  • Cashewnuts, a few small bits ( optional)
  • Salt, a pinch
  • Powdered Sugar, 3/4 to 1 cup
  • Ghee, 1/4 cup + a little extra if required
Method:

Pre-heat the oven at 180° C
In a bowl sift flour, cocoa powder, salt, besan, and baking powder. Mix all nicely.
Melt the ghee, add sugar and cream well
Now add the cashewnuts slowly and knead well
Mix all until it appears like bread crumbs. 
Make sure the fat is melted.
Now knead into a smooth dough.
Cover and keep the dough aside for 3-4 hours
Shape the dough into marble-sized balls and slightly flatten them
Ensure that there are no cracks
Place the nan khatai dough on a greased baking pan
Bake at 180° C for 15-20 minutes or until they are baked
Allow them to cool on wire rack
Once cool, store the biscuits into an air tight jar

* Roll the shaped dough over choco-chips if you like nan khatai with a chocolate flavour
   Alternatively you could place a few choco chips over the top
*Addition of more flour make the nan khatai more crunchy
  Addition of more ghee makes the nan khatai a little soft.