Nov 4, 2016

Kaju katli... rich and delicious

Kaju Katli is a rich sweet made with cashews/kaju as the main ingredient. It is a very common sweet found in almost all sweet shops. My younger kid is a big ....I should say BBBBIIIIIIIGGGGGGGG fan of kaju katli. He just can never have one. If I let him have as per his wish he can empty a whole box of this sweet in not time. Everybody in the family knows about his love for this sweet. So whenever grandparents visit him, they make sure they get it for him... though I make sure they buy minimal

I had to learn making this sweet for his sake. It was undoubtedly simple to make and the best part is that it takes very little time. They taste absolutely divine. There are a couple of ways I make it. Sharing one method now.... will post the next one later. Try this delectable dessert and enjoy it with your loved ones


Makes... 20-22 small pieces
Serve option... Room Temp

This is what u'll need...

Cashews - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1 tspn

Here is the stir....
  • Put the cashews in a blender jar. Give a quick pulse for about 3-4 seconds. Open the jar lid and give it a good mix to bring the bigger bits away from the jar walls

  • Repeat small pulses and mix again. Do this 2-3 times until you get a fine powder
  • Please make sure you do very short pulses in the blender. If you grind it continuously for long, say 10-15 seconds then you will end up with a grainy textured powder. This is because cashews will release its oil and instead of powder we will end up having a lumpy mixture. So dont forget to grind it only for 3-4 seconds at a time
  • Sieve the cashew powder. This step is optional though
  • In a flat nonstick pan add about half a cup of sugar
  • Add 1/4 cup of water or even a little less than that
  • Keep stirring the mixture till the sugar dissolves and the mixture will start bubbling
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, boil it for a few more minutes till it almost reaches 1-string consistency... or you can say half-string consistency

  • Add the cashew powder to the sugar syrup
  • Mix it well so that there are no lumps
  • Keep the flame on low and keep stirring. Soon the mixture will start bubbling
  • Never stop stirring else it will stick to the bottom of the pan
  • After a while the mixture will turn thick. Keep stirring as its almost done

  • When the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan turn off the flame. Remove from stove while continuously stirring 
  • Transfer it to a greased plate and let it coll. Use your spatula to keep spreading and bringing together the mixture so that it cools faster
  • Use about half a teaspoon of ghee to grease you palm and fingers. Now start kneading the mixture till it becomes a smooth dough
  • Once the dough is ready make it into a ball and place it between 2 plastic sheets

  • Roll it out to desired thickness
  • Using a knife cut into desired shape
  • Serve you loved ones and enjoy

                                                        • Keep an eye on the number of seconds you grind cashew. Very short pulses will keep the powder dry else it turns lumpy
                                                        • Add very little water to make the sugar syrup
                                                        • No need to wait till the syrup reaches one-string consistency. A little before that works great too
                                                        • Dont add too much ghee else the kaju katli will be greasy

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