These kaju katli are the way they are actually meant to be - thin, smooth, melt in the mouth slices of cashew goodness.
Course: desserts, sweets
Diet: gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 14kaju katli slices
Author: Dassana Amit
1cupkajuor 160 grams kaju (cashews)
½cupsugaror 100 grams sugar or add as required
1tablespoongheeor coconut oil (optional)
1teaspoonchopped rose petalsor rose water or 8-9 strands of saffron (optional)
Powder the cashew in a coffee grinder or a dry grinder.
The cashews should be in powdered form and not become pasty or oily.
making kaju katli mixture
On a low flame heat sugar and water in a thick bottomed or non stick pan or kadai.
Meanwhile grease a plate or a tray and keep aside or keep butter papers ready.
When all the sugar dissolved in the water, add the cashew powder. There is no consistency in the sugar syrup required like one string or two string. Just let the sugar dissolve in the water and then proceed with the next step.
Stir and keep on stirring the cashew mixture on a low flame.
The cashew mixture would start thickening.
Cook the kaju mixture for approx 7-9 minutes till the whole mixture starts to come together.
making kaju katli
Remove the whole lump of the kaju mixture from the pan and place it on work surface, bowl or plate.
Add the rose petals and ghee or oil to the cashew mixture.
When the heat in the mixture is hot enough to handle, then knead the cashew mixture.
Flatten the dough and place it on a butter paper or on a greased plate/thali or tray.
Place a butter paper on top and then using a rolling pin, roll gently the dough from all sides till you reach a thickness of 3-5 mm in the dough.
Remove the butter paper and let the rolled dough cool.
When completely cooled, using a sharp knife cut the cashew dough giving square or diamond shapes.
Gently remove the kaju katli with a butter knife.
Serve the kaju katli straight away or keep in an air tight container.
If using saffron, then roast them first in a dry pan and then coarsely powder them in a mortar-pestle. Add the powdered saffron in the cashew dough.
If using rose water, then add it to the sugar and water solution.