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Homemade Kaju Katli recipe, a cashew nut barfi- Indian Dessert

Updated on August 3, 2017

Kaju Katli Recipe Ingredients

  • 1Kg Cashewnut, Kaju, Powdered
  • 800gm Sugar, Powdered
  • 200gm Mawa, Grated
  • 18-20 Cardamom, Powdered
  • 20-25 threads Saffron/ Kesar, Soaked in Milk
  • 5 Cups Water
  • 1 Tsp Ghee or Butter, Apply to dish

I have been always a true Gujju foodie, who has a capacity of eating numerous meals in a day. My day is incomplete without some junk food and sweets. In India, mostly every mouthwatering dishes in made at home and one doesn’t have to worry about its quality. In addition is so easy on your monthly budget that you can teart yourself with them regularly. Here is the Kaju Katli recipe, my all time favourite sweet, an Indian dessert dish:

Varak is optional, Jains and vegans do not use it
Varak is optional, Jains and vegans do not use it

Cook Time for Kaju Katli Recipe

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 10 (2-3 slices each depending on thickness)

Kaju Katli Recipe Instructions

  1. Grind cashew nut pieces to powdered form with either a nut cracker or using a grinder. If you are using a grinder make sure you apply start-stop technique so as to avoid it to become greasy. Sieve powdered cashew. Boil sugar and water in a heavy bottom kadhai. After 5 minutes take a drop of this syrup to check f it has achieved 1 tar (string)
  2. [ How to check tars (string): - Take a drop of syrup let it cool for few seconds then press it lightly between your thumb and index finger. Now slowly increase the distance between thumb and the finger up to 2 cm. If the syrup string breaks then it is 1/2 tar and if not then look carefully to see how many strings are visible. In case if the syrup is over heated then you'll witness two such strings. Remember for Kaju Katli we need one string only.]
  3. Once you have achieved a string, turn off the gas and make a fine paste of Kesar and milk. Mix this paste with cardamom powder and mawa followed by cashew nut powder. Now stir this mixture continuously on a simmer flame until it starts leaving the sides of vessel. Quickly apply ghee/butter on two to three dishes and pour the mixture into them. Spread evenly. Leave it to cool. Now cut them into the diamond from (see the pictures)

Kaju Katli Recipe Garnishing

You can decorate this delicious sweet with pure silver foil (Varak) which is optional because Jains, Vegans and many Vegetarians do not use it. Garnish with some Saffron/Kesar threads.

Hope you enjoy making and eating as much as I do, for this dessert is sure to leave you asking for more.

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      Shivani Gala 3 years ago from India

      Hi Devsh,

      Add few threads of saffron in the milk and stir it lightly like we beat to make a cake's smooth batter.



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      devsh 3 years ago

      how to make saffron n milk fine paste.???

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      Janvi pawar 6 years ago

      It's easy & siwple to make

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      Shivani Gala 6 years ago from India

      @Ridhima:- Thanks

      @Saffron:- The images have been there for a year now, had picked from Google images! Let me know which your image and link to your blog, would be happy to give you a credit!

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      Saffron 6 years ago


      I noticed that you have used a picture from my blog that is copyrighted without my permission. Please either delete the picture or provide proper credit!



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      Ridhima 6 years ago

      Nice n really easy

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      Shivani Gala 7 years ago from India

      @Cybersupe: thanks so much for such a warm welcome :)hope I can keep them updated as quickly as wish

      @Kins3003: Lemme know how it turns out.. and hope u enjoy it as much as I do...

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      Sounds wonderful -will print this and give it a try A+!

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      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Interesting and very informative. Welcome to HubPages and the very best to you and your family. Looking forward to more of your Hubs in the future