Kaju Katli is a very popular Indian sweet that is eaten all over India. It is a fudge type sweet made from powdered cashewnuts cooked in a sugar syrup and then left to set. This year for valentine's rather than gifting the traditional chocolates, I made this delicious sweet for my other half. Although I cannot say it's a healthy treat since it has sugar in it but at least it does not contain lots of clarified ghee that most Indian sweets contain.
A traditional delicious nutty Indian sweet.
- 1 cup Cashew Nuts
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 pinch Cardamom Powder (Optional)
1. In a pan dry roast the cashew nuts for 2-3 minutes on low heat but keep them moving and do not let them colour.2.Remove the cashew nuts from the pan and let them cool.Once cooled grind them to a fine powder I used my Froothie Optimum 9400, it made the job super quick.3. In a non stick pan add the water and sugar and bring to boil until sugar has melted. Simmer the sugar syrup until it reaches one thread consistency.(108 degrees C)4. Once the sugar syrup has reached one thread consistency, add the ground cashew nuts and the cardamom powder and keep stirring the mixture on low heat until the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan and comes together into a soft ball.5. Remove the mixture from the pan and allow to cool until you can handle it. Knead it to a soft smooth dough and then roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper to 5mm thick. Once it has cooled cut the Kaju Katli into diamond shapes.(This is the traditional shape of the Kaju Katli) NB- I did not add cardamom powder to my mixture as I like my kaju katli to have a pure white look, cardamom powder tends to show small black specs)
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 20 pieces
NB It is important to grind the cashewnuts to a fine powder, I used my Optimum 9400 which is a powerful blender that grinds, pulses, chops, grates, cooks and makes icecreams at a flick of a switch. You can read a review about my Froothie Optimum 9400 here.
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