Kaju Katli, is basically a North Indian sweet, but now popular throughout India. There is no sweet shop in India But again Kaju Katli is one of the most expensive sweets in the shop, so I wanted to find out a way to make it at home so that it is not so expensive and at the same time more good than the store bought ones.
Kaju (Cashews) powered – 3 cups
Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup
Ghee – for greasing your hands
Powder the Cashews in a dry mixer. Grind it to a smooth powder at a stretch and not at intervals. Do not keep it coarse. If during the process of fine grinding, the cashew powder sticks to the wall of the mixer it is ok.
In a non-stick pan put in the sugar and add just enough water, so that the sugar gets immersed in it. Boil it. The sugar gets dissolved and then starts forming a thick syrup. Keep a small bowl of water nearby to check for the consistency of the sugar syrup.
The sugar syrup should be 1 string consistency or when you pour a little sugar syrup in the bowl of water it should stay in the water and should not get dissolved.
At this stage add the cashew powder and keep stirring. Slowly the mixture starts boiling and thickening. Switch of the flame. To test whether it is ready for the Katlis, wet your fingers with water, pinch a small piece of the dough and try to roll it between yours fingers. If you are able to roll a ball without getting your fingers sticky, then it is done. If you feel its not done then put on the stove again and start stirring.
When it is done, put off the stove and still keep stirring in the same pan itself, till the mixture forms like a dough. Then when it is still warm transfer it to a working board and clean working platform and start kneading the dough.
At this stage the dough will have a grainy texture. Smear your hands with ghee and keep on kneading till you get a smooth dough.
Roll the dough into a thin layer and cut it diagonally. First just draw the lines ligthly on the dough with the knife and then cut it. This helps you in getting even size pieces.
I used about 3 cups of the powder and it gave me about 40 to 45 whole pieces. So I said making Kaju Katlis at home is very easy and light on our pockets too.
Try to choose good quality Cashews. It creates a lot of difference in the taste and texture.
Never use the cashews directly from the fridge or freezer. Bring it to room temperature and then grind it.