Updated: Jun 6, 2021
I'm starting to roll these gorgeous Persian sweets out to you, as we edge towards Shab-e-Yalda, the longest night of the year.
Nan-e-Nokhodchi, commonly known as Nokhodchi is an irresistible cookie.
Out of any sweet that I've made, seen or eaten, Nokhodchi tops the bill for me! Now there is a similar cookie I've made earlier and also blogged about, called Heavens Roses - Golhaye Behesht which is made in a similar way to Nokhodchi, so if you don't fancy chickpea flour you can make the alternative with Heavens Roses.
I've now hidden these away until Shab-e-Yalda or else my bunch would devour them in minutes! The only thing is .... I've got to hide them from myself too!
This cookie ticks the vegetarian and vegan box perfectly.
100g chick pea flour (besan)
100g confectioners sugar
60g / 65g oil (vegetable)
11/2 tsp ground cardamom
For the garnish
2 tbsp ground pistachio
2 tbsp ground rose petals
1 tsp ground cardamom
Note: Oven 150°C or Gas Mark 2 for 15 / 20 minutes
Add the chick pea flour (known as Besan flour) confectioners sugar and cardamom to a large mixing bowl
Note: I've used Chick pea flour here, however the best results are with Garbanzo flour which is Besan but much lighter. Due to lock down I've not been able to get my hands on this! but recommend you use it if you can.
Add the oil and mix until all the dry ingredients and the oil bind to make a semi dry dough
Place in a plastic bag and set aside for an hour to rest
Remove from the plastic bag
Make into flower shapes using cookie cutters
Note: if you don't have the flower cookie cutter just cut your cookies into round shapes 2 cm in height
Place on a baking try
Place in the oven at 150°C or Gas Mark 2 for 15 / 20 minutes
Remove from the oven and allow to totally cool down
For the garnish
Sprinkle the ground pistachios, rose petals and ground cardamom over the Nokhodchi.
Enjoy with lovely Persian tea. Warning!! you can get seriously hooked on these ;) well at least till they're finished, then you'll have to make some more :)
:) Noosh-e-Jaan :)