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November 9, 2012

KAJU LOTUS | KAJU FLOWER – DIWALI SWEET RECIPES




Whenever i go to restaurants, i have a look at the sweets section without fail.Some sweets would be really eye-catchy.One such sweet which caught my attention is kaju lotus.I wanted to try this for long time but i dint have any clue about it. Last year, during diwali we bought aval vikatan magazine and i got Menu rani chellam’s diwali sweet recipes as supplementary..She had given the recipes of most popular sweets which had the recipe of kaju lotus too.If u make kaju katli , u can easily try this sweet. Its the same procedure with slight variations in the end.Do watch my video (A small attempt Smile) for making this shape .U can try making kaju mango,kaju apple , kaju strawberry like in sweet stalls using the same dough.Hope mine looks like kaju lotus.Try to make 6 petals as given in the original recipe. I had cut around 8...I guess I’ll get the perfect shape in future.I am happy with the result for second attempt. I’ve given the tips to overcome the problems u get while making this sweet. Hope this post would be useful.. Do try and let me know friends..Surprise ur family with this sweet for diwali Smile




INGREDIENTS

**YIELDS 6 - 7 FLOWERS

  • Cashew nuts – 1/2 cup
  • Food color – Red & green
  • Ghee – a tsp ( to grease the plate)
  • Milk – 1 tsp ( optional)
For syrup
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 2.5 tbsp

METHOD

  • Powder the cashews at room temperature by stopping the mixie at regular intervals.Use pulse option if needed. ( I felt this as easy. One more way is , run the mixie continuously till u get a fine powder)
  • Keep the food color and the ghee greased plate ready. ( I dint have liquid food color , so i added a pinch of food color in 1/2 tsp water  and used a few drops)

  • Now add the cashew powder immediately and stir continuously till it leaves the sides and becomes a thick , non-sticky dough..After adding the powder , it takes just 3-4 mins in low flame to reach this stage.Be alert.( This is the procedure for kaju katli. U can knead the dough, roll it to make shape )Stop here if u r making kaju katli ..Proceed for kaju lotus..


  • Now put the cashew dough in the greased plate and divide the dough into two parts using a spoon. Add few drops of red & green food color in each dough , mix it with spoon for uniform distribution.No problem even if it dint mix properly.We are going to knead it .. Leave it for 5 mins. Let it become warm.If u remove the mixture( a few secs before) when it is like slightly sticky chapathi dough, u dont have to add milk. The dough will harden in few mins.If u miss this stage , no worries. If u feel the mixture is dry & crumbly , add 1/2 tsp milk in each half of the dough along with food color(I added 1/2 tsp milk in each dough before kneading.)
  • After it is warm , apply ghee in ur hands & start kneading the dough to make it soft & non-sticky.Do the same for the other dough and start making the shape. Cover the dough while u make the shape to avoid drying.

  • Make a big gooseberry sized ball with green dough and make it flat by pressing with ur palm.Take a ball of red dough and keep it in the center of green dough. Bring all the corners together and close it to make a ball.( Use the procedure of stuffing kozhukattai & paratha) ( while doing this u may get cracks,  dont panic. If u roll tightly , it will become smooth OR Add little more milk and knead the dough. But 1/2 tsp would be enough ) 

  • Make all the balls , cover it and give a setting time of 30 minutes.Now,Using a sharp Knife cut the ball to make a flower shape. While u make the shape , the mixture may leave oil. No problem ( hope this video helps for better understanding) I have given two videos .. Use whichever is convenient.. Adjust the number of petals as u like..As per the original book, the number of petals is 6. I made 7- 8.Use silver warq while rolling the balls if necessary..



METHOD–1




 Try this sweet and make this diwali a colorful one :)

kaju lotus piece

TIPS
  • The consistency of sugar syrup is very important here. One string should be compulsory.
  • After adding cashew powder , keep on stirring till the cashew gets cooked and makes a dough .. To know the correct consistency , u can check by making a small ball which will be non-sticky.Dough will slide from the pan without sticking..
  • Try to knead the dough when it is warm.  If u feel the dough is dry and crumbly , add little milk.
  • If the dough is correct , u may not need milk. U can directly start kneading and rolling..Adding milk may reduce the shelf life of the sweet, flatten the balls &u may not get the exact shape too..
  • Setting time of 30 mins is necessary for the balls. If u have added more milk to knead the dough , the milk will settle in the bottom of the ball after the setting time. No problem , just wipe it with a tissue and start cutting the shape.
  • This sweet will come out well for sure if u have practice in making kaju katli. Beginners can also dare to give a try because if i make it,anyone can Winking smile
  • Try making the balls slighlty oval in shape to get the exact shape of kaju lotus as in sweet stalls..

Iam happy in sending this post to MJ Delight's event





HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY DIWALI Smile BYE..


44 comments:

  1. Lovely lotus,well explained,want to grab some

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  2. Sooooooooo perfect... I am really impressed with ur step by step clicks...
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  3. Wow,it looks so colorful n yummy chitra..Good attempt,nice variation for kaju katli as u said

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  4. Wow!!! Have no words to say how impressed I am!!! I make kaju katili and have seen these flowers at the restaurants.. thanks for guiding on how to do them.... very impressive...
    Sowmya

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  5. Wow looks so wonderful. Nice recipe

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  6. wow!!totally impressed...just the way it is in sweets shop..bookmarked.

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  7. I saw the recipe in Aval vikatan! Kaju flowers are looking cute!

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  8. Very impressive..these look so professional just like how we get in sweet shops. Kudos to your efforts.

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  9. Beautiful clicks and an awesome sweet... Bookmarking will try soon...

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  10. wow so impressive dear chitra... i too very big fan of this colorful n innovative sweets... will try soon...
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    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  11. Wow i totally loved,luks cute...sure will try:)

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  12. wow it looks so beautiful and neat presentation.
    http://www.indiantastyfoodrecipes.com/

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  13. Wonderfully made. Love it a lot Hats off! :) I am graduated only to make kaju katli so far, so will try this later for sure ;)

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  14. Well done Chitra, this is the one in mind for long time, bookmarking dear!!!

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  15. Whenever I go to sweet shop I love all those cute shaped sweets ...you did it so well....loving it

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  16. Wowo they look so so beautiful. Love them.

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  17. Impressive,looks so pretty,yum sweet

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  18. Damn cute Kaju lotus, wish i live near you..Very impressive and pretty attractive.

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  19. Fantastic work Chitra. Beautifully made. Can't take eyes from your clicks

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  20. Thank you for such a great tutorial! I want to make these - they are beautiful and you made them seem simple... question, do you use raw or roasted cashews? (b.ontask@gmail.com)

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  21. Very very attractive...look so cute chitra.

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  22. @ Barbara , I used raw cashews only. If u want u can also roast them in low flame ( without changing the color) and then grind it. I have tried this method for kaju katli. It also works :)

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  23. Thanks all for ur sweet comments. Do try this and leave ur comments. I'll be more happy :)

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  24. Chithu,
    I doubt if they are from your kitchen or from some Haldiram's sweets box :P :D
    Oh, my God!!!! so Pppppperrrrfect they are girl! Your kaju flowers are really like giving us a warm smile! Romba azhaga iruku. Nalla iruku Chitra. :)

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  25. AWESOME, AMAZING, SUPER SUPER POST.... :)))

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  26. Beautiful...beautiful..beautiful...Love those lotus very much. Perfectly done Chitra. Happy Deepavali to you and family dear.

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  27. Really, Chitra, no words, very impressive tutorial, You explained it like a pro,,may be I'll dare to make these someday..you did a gr8 Job, Happy diwali dear

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  28. Hi!first time here.looks so delicious.Happy to follow you:)Visit my space too:)will you support me?

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  29. hi chitra, i made kaju lotus yesterday.it was awesome.thanks a lot to u.it is like a dream coming true. even i could do this. i cant believe this.thanks for ur step by step photos,tips.i was searching for this recipe for diwali.but i dont know how i missed u.i love this sweet very much.

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    1. Thanks a lot harini. Iam so happy.. Glad u liked it :)

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  30. very beautiful chirta again i will came here , have a look for this cute lotus kaju, Just Now I seen in your kaju in virunthu unnavaangka..

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  31. thank
    u so much mam that who has post this kaju katli.its was surprised tat i
    make tat.'m wondered at the end of the sweet completed.thanx a lot
    mam.plz post more variety for us.

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    1. Thanks for trying and the feedback :)

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  32. Cooking is an art & your dish shows it!

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  33. Awesome work and it is easy to understand with pictures.

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  34. Awesome work,and it is easy to understand with the pictures.

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  35. hi chitthra,

    I tried kaju flower recipe, it came out so well... posted in my blog too... pls chk http://easyandsimplefoods.blogspot.com/2014/03/kaju-flower-holi-special-sweet-recipe.html
    thanks again :)

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    1. Thank u so much Tanya :) U made my day . Thanks for the link love :)

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