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Kaju Katli / Cashew Barfi

Kaju Katli
Indian Cashew Fudge popularly known as Kaju Katli or Kaju Barfi.  Atleast twice a month, I prepare some sweet in my kitchen - cake or kheer or halwa.  Although, I love most sweets, I prefer BarfiPedha or a small Ladoo where one piece after a meal satiates my sweet tooth.

Ingredients:
Cashews/Kaju - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Ghee/Clarified Butter - 2 tsp
Saffron/Kesar - few strands

How to prepare Kesar Kaju Katli or Burfi:
  • Raw/unroasted and unsalted cashews work best for this barfi.  Grind cashews in a dry blender jar to a slightly coarse or fine powder.
Kaju Katli
  • In a thick bottom pan, add water and sugar.  Keep stirring until sugar dissolves.  Add saffron strands.  You can use green cardamom/elaichi powder as well.  Continue cooking until sugar syrup turns sticky.  Touch the sugar syrup to check if it sticks between your thumb and index finger.  Also, see if a single thread forms between your fingers.
  • Lower the heat and add cashew powder.  Continue stirring at low heat, until no cashew lumps are seen.  Add 1 1/2 tsp ghee and stir until the burfi mix starts leaving the edges of the pan. 
  • Turn off the heat and take a small piece of the mix and see if you can form a smooth round ball.  If so, your barfi mix is ready.  If not, cook it for another minute or so.  Let it cool.
  • When the burfi mix turns cold enough to handle, knead it well and form a round ball.  Grease a wooden chopping board or a flat surface for rolling with 1/2 tsp ghee.  Also, grease the rolling pin with ghee.  Roll the ball into 1/2 cm thick even layer.  Using a sharp knife, cut diamond shaped barfi pieces.  Gather the edges and knead them again to a ball and repeat the same process.
  • Traditionally, Kaju Katli is diamond shaped.  But you can get creative with a cookie cutter for fun shapes.
  • Garnish Kaju Katli with edible silver foil if you like.
Kaju Barfi
Enjoy fresh Kaju Katli or keep them refrigerated.

7 comments:

  1. festival season and yummy option

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  2. Wow,they looks prefect and highly addictive.

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  3. Perfectly done and looks yummy !!

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  4. my favorite sweet..i always try to get a packet of this one from India..so delicious..

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