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July 6, 2013

KAJU KATLI | DIWALI SWEET RECIPES




Kaju katli is my family’s favourite sweet. This was the first sweet i tried on my own ( without my MIL’s help) after my marriage for Sen & Raksha.Though I have tried this several times , i have not posted it here in detail.Long back i had posted this recipe  without much details along with some other sweets & savouries during diwali.But i want to have a separate post for kaju katli in my blog with step by step pictures  & some tips for easier understanding especially for beginners.I have tried this recipe several times and it comes out perfect. After i got the confidence of preparing kaju katli , i started making kaju lotus sweet which tastes very similar to kaju katli but it looks colourful. Both the sweets are very easy to prepare. So when u try this recipe , don’t forget to try kaju lotus .. U’ll love it..In this recipe i have used cashews & sugar but i heard milk powder & saccharine is also added along with cashews in sweet stalls to yield more quantity..I am planning to try with milk powder & update here. For 1 cup of cashews , u can get 8-10 pieces using this recipe..
I also have a good news to share with u all. I have won second prize in “Mj delight’s anniversary event “ and got these cute steel canisters.Thank u so much dear.. I was very happy because this is the first event i participated & won the prize too.. Party smile

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INGREDIENTS

  • Cashewnuts – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 3 tbsp  (ADJUST)
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
Milk – 1-2 tsp (optional , only if needed)


METHOD

HOW TO POWDER CASHEWS

Cashews should be dry. If u have kept in the refrigerator, bring it to room temperature by spreading them in a towel or paper to absorb all the water. OR Dry roast the cashews in a broad hot kadai in low flame without changing the color.Switch off the stove and put the cashews in the hot kadai for 10-15 mins till it becomes crisp & dry. I have followed both the methods & it works..
  • Grind cashews to a fine powder. U can do this by two methods.One is :Run the mixie at low speed for short intervals , stir in between to get a fine powder. Repeat the same for 2-3 times till u get a nice powder. Make sure u do not over grind them . If over ground , cashews will leave oil & becomes a sticky paste..
  • Second method is : Run the mixie continuously till u get a fine powder. U should be careful . Do not grind for more time.
I have tried both the methods .. They work very well. U can try any.
When u grind 1 cup of cashews u’ll get  2-3 tbsp more than 1 cup of powder. U can use the same quantity and proceed further. No need to measure 1 cup of powder. 1/2 cup of sugar would be enough.
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HOW TO PROCEED

  • After grinding the cashews,set aside.Grease a plate with ghee & keep it ready.
  • In a kadai , take sugar & add water just to cover the sugar. Allow it to boil till it reaches one string consistency..ie.take a drop of syrup and test it between ur thumb & fore finger. When u release it , u’ll get a single string..( oru kambi padham)
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  • Now add the ground cashew powder & mix well till u get a whole mass. ie, Keep stirring until the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan and rotates in the center. It takes maximum of 4-5 minutes in medium flame.Test the consistency by making a small ball from the dough. U should be able to roll it.
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  • Transfer the mixture to the greased plate and leave it for 10 minutes . It will become warm.Grease ur hands with little ghee & Knead well like chapathi dough.Initially u’ll feel dry & hard but as u knead well, it will become soft & smooth. ( If u have missed the right consistency , the mixture will become hard. Add little milk and start kneading. U’ll get a soft ball like this at the end. But adding milk reduces the shelf life of the sweet)
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  • In a plastic sheet , roll the kneaded dough using a rolling pin and cut them into the desired shapes.
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It just melts in ur mouth. Enjoy !! Stays good for 2-3 days..Smile



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NOTE

  • Cashews should be completely dry before grinding.While powdering the cashews please be careful in running the mixie. Over doing it makes the cashews sticky & wet.U wont get the perfect sweet.
  • One string consistency is very important. If sugar reaches more than one string consistency , katli will become hard. U have to add more milk to make it soft. Adding more than the required milk makes it wet & sticky.It reduces the shelf life of the sweet..


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18 comments:

  1. nice clicks.perfect diwali gift to dear ones.

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  2. have always wanted to try this.. thx for the tips.. nice clicks.. will give it a try..:)

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  3. wow perfect kaju katlis. love the neat edgings.

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  4. pearly perfect sweets,love their creamy color,our favorite,canisters look great
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  5. they are so perfect and melt-in-mouth !

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  6. Congrats Chitra..Kaju katli looks very prefect and elegant as well.

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  7. congrats chitra...kajus looks so delicious and mouth watering

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  8. Looks superb! Yum I love kaju kathli!

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  9. Looks yum..

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  10. Congrats Chitra and super duper kaju katli...

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