Since the Indian Festival and Fasting month is about to start, eating Kaju Katli eventually comes into our minds. Kaju Katli or Kaju Ki Burfi is a very popular Indian festive sweet that is made of cashew nuts and sugar syrup. Kaju literally means ‘cashew nuts’ and Katli means ‘slice’ in Indian. So to say, a bite from a slice of this cashew nut fudge will surely give you a ‘heavenly melt-in-your-mouth’ sensation. Whether the occasion is Holi or Diwali, these sweets are undoubtedly the hands-down winner.
- 1 cup Cashew Nuts
- ½ cup Sugar
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 tsp. Cardamom Powder for sprinkling
- Saffron Strands for sprinkling
- Using a blender or a food processor, dry grind the cashew nuts until it becomes powdered. Be sure to use temperature-dried cashews or else it will not grind up nicely. Bear in mind also that grinding the cashews by using a coffee blender will also result in poorly-ground cashew powder. The finely-ground cashew powder must have a dry and crumbly appearance.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, mix sugar and water, setting it to a boil until the syrup becomes thick and starts to form a two-thread consistency. After that, add the powdered cashew nuts and keep mixing until the whole mixture leaves the corners of the pan. Remove the mixture from pan and put it in a separate bowl or flat surface.
- Knead the cashew mixture until it forms into very soft dough. If the mixture feels sticky to touch, add some ghee on your hand and work on the dough.
- Put the dough into a square pan and flatten it by means of a rolling pin. Allow it to cool or refrigerate for 30 minutes then cut into diamond-shaped pieces. Sprinkle some cardamom powder and saffron strands and your Kaju Katli is ready to serve.