Kaju katli is my all time favourite mithai.Whenever I go to visit anyone in Mumbai during my India visits, I mostly end up gifting them with a box of kaju katli.Though expensive it taste divine.
But I miss this delicious sweet in US.Though you get it in Indian Grocery stores but they are never as fresh as those we get in India.Luckily everytime I visit Goa when I am in India so I always have a big packet of Kaju.I have been successful in making the katlis so far but this time I decided to give it a twist.I made kaju dices.
The recipe for katli remains the same except if you need the katli you need to roll the dough and cut the katlis in diamond shapes.
1 1/2 cup cashnew nuts/kaju(unsalted)
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
Microwave the kajus for 4 mins (stir after ever 30 secs) and grind them in the dry grinder/coffee grinder to a powder.It is very important that the powder should be fine.Take a heavy bottom pan and let the sugar melt in the water.When this mixture starts boiling with vigorous bubbles add the kaju powder(keep stiring while you add to avoid lumps) and cardamon powder.Stir continuously till it forms a soft ball.
To test if done:Take little mixture and roll it on a plate it should solidify within seconds.
Transfer the content on a lightly greased surface.Let it cool until warm.Now knead it for 5 mins.
For making katlis roll the ball to the 2-3 cm thickness and cut into diamond shape.
For making dice roll the ball to 5-6 cm thickness and cut into cubes.Store in airtight container.
If the dough turns out very sticky then place it on heat and stir till it forms a ball.
If it turns hard add a few drops of water microwave for a min.and knead well.
This is my entry for Chitra Amma's Kitchen -'Kitchen Masterpiece Event.' Thanks Asha for the suggestion.