Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kaju Katli / Cashew Bars

 I have been very privileged to have a mother who is one of the most amazing women. A perfect blend of tradition beliefs  and modern outlook. I have so many memories from my childhood that I can only thank my mother for... She has made those memories so special. My friends would almost always hang out in my houseand there was a constant supply of snacks, meals and desserts. We always shared our secrets, our teen crushes, gossip with her. She has always been there, guiding me just enough, never been a ' helicopter' parent, but always had her eyes on me. Am not so sure if I will ever be as skilled a mother as she is. Among the many roles I play, I have to admit being a mother is the most fullfilling role. I got my mother's day gift and I loved it... 'finally teen' cleaned my car for me, I thought it was so cute. She even sprayed some room freshener in there and it does smell so good. Happy Mother's Day to all the aunts, sisters, girl friends, grandmas and moms and everyone else to loves to mother :)

This recipe is so easy that you will kick yourself for not having tried it before, I did kick myself ;) Thanks to show me the curry for the recipe.

Powdered Cashews – 1.5 cups (150gms)
Powdered Sugar/confectioner's sugar – 1 cup (110gms)
Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk (Milk Powder) – 1/2 cup (60gms)
Cardamom Powder – 1/8 tsp
Water – 2 tbsp

Bring the water to boil in a double broiler. Add  the Powdered Sugar and Milk Powder in the top pan.Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes till the Sugar and Milk Powder are warm all the way through.

 Pour the Cashew Powder in a mixing bowl, mix in the warm sugar, milk powder and cardamom powder. Now add the 2 tbsp of warm Water. Start Kneading, add more water if needed.  Knead till it forms a dough and the cashew starts letting go some oil. Do not over kneed at it will make it hard to roll the dough. 

 Grease hands with ghee and the rolling pin for easier rolling. Roll out the dough to the desired thickness on to a wax paper to avoid sticking. Cut the rolled-out dough into desired shapes (traditionally cut into diamond shapes). Add varak for a traditional grand look. I added varak partially since I ran out of varak to cover all the kaju katlis.
 Allow to set at room temperature for 1-2 hours or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

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  1. yummy sweet for mother's day...looks so delicious..nice clicks..

  2. Happy Mother's day to you. The cashew katli looks delicious. I loved the happy mothers day picture.

  3. These looks delicious
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  4. The Kali looks superb simi. Loved the way you displayed the katlis on a kanjeevaram saari. Looks wonderful :)

  5. loved u r ode to u r mom,nice knowing abt her,wonderful clicks,delicious sweet.

  6. Love Katli Katli. Love the styling using the Saree..nice colours!

  7. Divine bars! That is such a refined treat.




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