Kaju katli (Diwali special-3)

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                                                            Ready to serve Kaju katli

Number of Burfis: 14 – 16

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Cashew/Geru beeja/Kaju needs no introduction and it has ample of uses and is mostly used  as an embellishing ingredient.  People use it in gravy for North Indian dishes for thickening just like South Indians use coconut milk.  Today I would like to put up Kaju katli which is a very popular burfi these days.  It is also one of my favorites.  It is very easy and a hassle free dish for sure and can be prepared in 20-30 minutes. Here is my version of the same.

What you need to have:

1. Cashew nuts – 1 cup

2. Sugar – 1/2 cup

3. Water – 1/4 cup

4. Saffron  – A  few strands

5. Milk – 1 Teaspoon (optional)

6. Ghee – Just for greasing (optional)


                                                                 Ingredients of kaju katli

What you do with what you have:

1. Powder cashews to a very fine consistency in the mixer.


                                                          Cashews being powdered

2. Place a thick bottomed skillet on medium flame with sugar in it.  Add required quantity of water to it.


                                                        Sugar being boiled with water

3.  Let sugar dissolve in water and keep adjusting the flame in such a way that the syrup when dropped in a plate with water should never dissolve when you touch.  In other words the syrup is in between 1 and 2 string consistency.


                                               Making of sugar syrup in progress


                                                                Testing the sugar syrup

4. At this junction add powdered cashews and saffron strands from step 1 to it and keep stirring  for about 3-4 minutes simmering the flame and finally switching of the flame when it thickens.


                                                 Cashew powder added to sugar syrup


                                                         Kaju katli mix being thickened

5. To check if ready to be rolled, just roll a small pinch of the mix in between your fore finger and thumb.  If you get a non stick ball, it means it is ready to be rolled to cut into pieces.


                                               Non stick ball of the dough for a test

6. Roll the dough mix on a clean platform and cut it into required size pieces.  If you are not able to roll it then you can just sprinkle a few drops of milk and roll it applying a little ghee to your hands for kneading and then roll subsequently.


                                                       Kaju katli mix being cut into pieces


                                                                       A closer view of the dish

Good to remember: 

1. Make sure you use fresh stock of cashews for the dish. Do not use the cashews stored in the refrigerator to powder it.  Allow it to regain room temperature so that the powder will be fine and will be best suited for the dish.

2. If the sugar syrup is not appropriate do not add cashew powder and it will not be set and will make the pieces turn sticky.

3. Be careful with the proportion of ingredients. There is little room for error ; stick to above measurements.

4. If one adds milk to set the dish then its shelf life of the same will be reduced.


11 thoughts on “Kaju katli (Diwali special-3)

    Priya said:
    November 10, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Prefect looking kaju katlis, pack me some..

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Priya,

      Lemme know your add please. Will surely do it for sure!!!!!!!!!!

    Shubha said:
    November 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Excellent Pratibhakka! I just made a batch with 2 cups of cashew It came out excellent.Only missing was the silver vark. Your recipe is so perfect.God bless you.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 12, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Hi shubha,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back. All my recipes are tested and tried. If one follows the exact measurements and instructions it would turn out perfect as mentioned by you. I feel so happy when my viewers send me the feed back. Once again thanks a lot. Love Prathiba

    kum said:
    November 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I just love kaju katlis! it is a classic sweet…
    Kaju katlis look great. Thanks a lot for sharing so many great recipes.

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      prathibalrao responded:
      November 16, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Hi Kum,

      Thanx a lot for your comments which is really encouraging!!!!

    Hari Chandana said:
    November 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Woww… beautifully made kaju katli.. looks fantastic 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Hari chandana,

      Thanx a lot for your encouraging words!!!!!

    Divya Shankar said:
    November 20, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Such beautiful illustrations and superb explanation, there is really very little or no room for error. Will try this soon and let you know , Aunty.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Divya ,

      Do try out this recipe and it is actually so fresh and refreshing also since it is home made for sure!!!!

    Bobby Bhullar said:
    November 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing so many recipes.Indian food In Edmonton

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