Sunday, November 8, 2015

Kaju Katli (Without Sugar and ghee)

Kaju Katli is one of the most favorite and sought-after sweets in India. This is a royal sweet, a lovely and yummy cashew fudge perfect for festivals and also for gifting.
I have made this recipe without the use of sugar or ghee.


Cashews: 1 cup
Honey: 8 tsp. (adjust according to taste)
Edible coconut oil: for greasing
Rose water: a few drops
Water: 1/2 cup
Saffron strands for decorating
Edible silver foil for decorating (optional)

  1. Add the cashews to the blender and grind to a fine (or coarse) powder. I like little cashews bits in my fudge so I ground it coarse. Keep aside.
  2. Heat the water on medium flame in a heavy-bottomed pan and add the honey. Mix well and let the honey dissolve completely. Bring the water to a boil until the quantity reduces in half. By the time grease the working surface with coconut oil. 
  3. Now add the ground cashew powder to the water and mix well. Let the whole mixture cook and come together in a lump, this would take about 7 minutes. You know it's done when you pinch out a small ball from the mix and try to roll it between your palms and it's not sticky. 
  4. Remove the whole mix to the working surface. Don't leave in the hot pan as it can overcook and the fudge will become chewy. Add in the rose water.  
  5. Let it cool a bit and begin to knead the dough. Do not over-knead as it will become dry. The grainy texture will disappear. (I made for the first time and didn't knead enough, so it's a little grainy). 
  6. Flatten a bit with the spatula and flatten it completely on the surface using a regular rolling pin. 
  7. Leave and let cool completely for few hours. 
  8. When cooled, cut into diamond shapes with the help of a sharp knife or a pizza cutter. 
  9. Carefully remove the pieces and decorate with saffron strands and/or silver foil. 
  10. Refrigerate for an hour and serve. 

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