It will be Diwali in less than 10 days, and I have been thinking of doing a Indian sweets series in celebration of this Diwali.
This is the first sweet in my list -- Kaju Katli, I have no met a person who doesn't like the taste of this sweets, even with my not so sweet Chinese taste buds, this charming sweet's nutty flavour won me over the very first time I tasted it!
1 cup Cashew Nuts (Kaju)
1/2 - 3/4 cup Sugar/Sugar in the raw
1/4 tbsp Corn starch
1/4 tsp Cardamom seeds
1/4 cup Water/Milk
a pinch of salt
Grind cashew nuts with 1/4 tsp of corn starch into powder, you could use coffee grinder or vitamix to do this job. If you could find cashew powder in Indian supermarket, use that!
Crush cardamom seeds into powder, finer the better. Mix cardamom powder, salt and cashew powder together.
In a cooking pan/kadai, bring 1/4 cup of water and sugar to boil, continue cooking at medium until white colour bubbles form, remember not to let it caramelize!
Quickly stir in the cashew powder, and let it cook for 5-6 minutes at medium heat, when you starts seeing big bubbles forming, switch off the heat and let cold.
When the paste/dough reduced to workable temperature, take it out and place over a lightly greased surface/plate.
Knead it lightly until surface become glassy/smooth. Press it down slowly and use a rolling pin to flatten and even out the dough into about 2-3mm thick.
Cut into diamond shape before harden. Store in container with cover up to about a week.
Nice little yummy squares...
中文版，For Chinese，Click --》Kaju Katli 腰果片