Kaju Katli is a delicious sweet to prepare at home yet very easy. A delectable blend of cashew nut and milk, topped by silver leaf. Perfect Kaju Katli is a traditional Indian cashew fudge candy that’s terrifically smooth, thin, and melts in your mouth.
Traditionally, this soft and sweet kaju barfi is garnished with silver vark (varakh) and it can be easily found in most Indian sweet shops.
No festival is complete without sweets and here we are with one of the most delicious desserts of all time – Kaju Katli. Here is the easiest recipe for making Kaju Katli at home explained in detail with step-by-step.
It is a traditional cashew fudge, and is one of the most sought-after and loved Indian sweets. Whenever we get a big box at home they disappear in a matter of days.
Ingredients for Kaju Katli
- 2 cups cashew / kaju
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 inches silver vark
- 1 tsp ghee/clarified butter
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
Instructions for Kaju Katli
- Transfer cashew nuts to the small jar of a mixer grinder and grind until smooth powder.
- Don’t grind them too much as the cashews might release the oil, which can make the powder coarse.
- Then using a sieve, extract the fine powder and keep it aside.
- In the meantime, heat a pan over a medium flame.
- Add sugar and water to a pan.
- Keep stirring till the sugar starts dissolving.
- Boil for 5 minutes or until 1 string consistency is attained.
- Reduce heat/flame to low and add cashew nut powder and cardamom powder.
- Continue to cook until the mixture turns smooth paste and starts to separate the pan slightly.
- Transfer the Kaju katli mixture to a bowl and knead it into a fine smooth dough. Make sure that its dough is smooth and crack-free
- Transfer the mixture onto the butter paper. make sure to grease the butter paper with ghee.
- Roll it out into a 1/3-inch thick round shape using a rolling pin.
- Now grease with ghee and apply silver leaf or silver vark. applying vark is optional.
- Cut it using a knife into diamond shape pieces. Let it cool for 3-4 minutes.
- Separate the pieces and enjoy your favorite Kaju Katli.
- It stays good for 5-6 days at room temperature and for 20-25 days in the refrigerator.
Serve this diamond-shaped sweet with savory snacks like chivda, namak para, gathiya, farsi puri, etc.
Tips and Variations:
- Make sure that cashew nuts are at room temperature before grinding.
- If you want to make vegan Kaju Katli, feel free to use coconut oil instead of ghee.
- Add the cashew nut powder immediately as the syrup turns a little sticky and thick. This will prevent Kaju Katli from turning crumbly after cooking.
- You can also skip the silver vark if you want.
- Do not overcook the mixture after it turns thick otherwise, kaju katli will turn hard once it cools down after rolling.
- Q; Kaju Katli vegan?
A: Traditional Kaju Katli recipes use ghee, which is clarified butter, so it is not vegan. However, you can make a vegan version of Kaju Katli by using vegan butter or coconut oil instead of ghee.
- Q: How long does Kaju Katli last?
A: Kaju Katli can last for up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Q: Can Kaju Katli be frozen?
A: Yes, Kaju Katli can be frozen for up to a month. To freeze, place the sweets in an airtight container and store them in the freezer.
- Q: Is Kaju Katli gluten-free?
A: Yes, Kaju Katli is gluten-free.
- Q: What is the nutritional value of Kaju Katli?
A: Kaju Katli is high in calories and sugar due to its main ingredient, cashews, and sugar. It is not considered a healthy snack option and should be consumed in moderation.
- Q: Can Kaju Katli be made without a food processor or blender?
A: Yes, you can make Kaju Katli without a food processor or blender. You can buy pre-ground cashew powder or grind cashews using a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin
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