Kaju Katli Recipe
Today we want to talk about a delicious dessert that is not surprising that it is one of the favorites for the Indian community; it is Kaju Katili or Kaju Barfi.
It is common that this dessert, made mainly with cashew nuts, is present at the table of any celebration or Indian festival because its sweet flavor conquers the palates that it finds in its path. Literally, Kaju means “cashew nuts” while Barfi translates as “kind of sweet”.
This dessert usually acquires a light yellow color, although many people usually combine the ingredients with other nuts such as pistachios, so the final color is different.
Kaju Katli Recipe
Its preparation is very simple and needs very few ingredients. These are:
- 2 cups of cashew nuts
- Half a cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of Ghee
- ½ teaspoon of cardamom powder
The first step is to grind the cashews and turn them into powder. To do this, add the two cups of cashew nuts to a mixing glass, blender or chopper and crush them until it becomes dusty. Go incorporating cashews little by little. Mash the cashews only until you get the powder because if you leave them crushing longer the cashew will release all its oil and it will become a paste.
When you get all the cashew powder, strain it through a sieve to separate the large pieces that have been crushed. To take advantage of all cashew nuts, one tip is to add the largest pieces of cashew that have been left to the crusher and make them also powder.
Then add in a pan over low heat the half cup of sugar together with half a cup of water. What we want is for the sugar to dissolve in the water. When dissolved, add the cashew powder. Keep the heat low and stir the mixture in the pan constantly until you get a thick consistency.
Once obtained this consistency, incorporate a ½ teaspoon of cardamom powder and 2 teaspoons of Ghee. Mix everything well and stir until you get a more dense consistency. To check if we have made the mixture well, take a little dough with a spoon and wait a minute or two for it to cool. After this time, take the dough with your hands and see if you can make a small ball that is consistent and not sticky. If you can do it, the dough is ready.
Turn off the heat and continue stirring the dough in the pan with the heat that remains in it.
The next step is to spread a large dish or a round mold with a little ghee and put the dough that we have obtained in the dish. In this mold, stir the dough with wrapping movements to cool.
Next, spread a piece of kitchen paper with a little ghee. Take all the dough and make a ball with your own hands. Take this ball to the kitchen paper and spread it with a roller giving it a square shape. Ideally, it should be between 3 or 4 cm thick. Once the form is obtained, take the mixture to the refrigerator and let it rest until we get a more consistent dough. You can also take the dough for a few minutes to the freezer, but be careful not to harden too much, otherwise, we will not be able to cut it.
Next, remove the dough from the refrigerator and with a pizza cutter or similar, cut the dough to your liking. In India, it is common to give the pieces of dough diamond shape as we can see in the photo.
However, if we have cutters of different shapes in the kitchen, we can give them the shape that we like the most.
Benefits of cashew nuts
The nuts are a food that contains very little water inside, allowing all the vitamins and nutrients appear in concentrated form. The cashews, in particular, is rich in vitamin A nut, potassium, and magnesium.
Contains trace elements such as copper, being one of the foods with the highest concentration of it. That is why many athletes take cashews after a physical effort, as it allows them to recover electrolyte levels that have been lost during the exercise.
On the other hand, the cashew brings a lot of vitality and energy because it contains vitamins of group B and vitamin E. To give us an idea, the daily intake of 100 g of cashew nuts provides us with more than 20% of the daily amount We need vitamin B5. Cashew nuts also provide proper functioning of the brain and improve attention, because it contains high levels of magnesium and tryptophan.
It’s iron concentration also allows us to incorporate this food in diets aimed at people with anemia or iron deficiency.
From Hiranyagarba we recommend giving this dessert a chance and incorporate it from time to time in different celebrations or festivities because besides having a sweet and delicious flavor, its large amount of cashew nuts will provide us with many incredible health benefits.