Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kaju Katli / Cashew Burfi For Diwali

Diwali is just a week away. i want to try many sweets. Today i tried kaju katli and it turned out excellent. since i have watched my grand mom making kaju katli and badam halwa, i rightly got the trick on sugar syrup consistency. Those tricks helped me today and the burfi turned out pretty perfect.

Kaju Katli / Cashew Burfi

The String Consistency for Sugar syrup is very important in making these Kaju Katli. The other important fact is, when to switch off the flame. if you overcook, then you will end up in hard katli's. so these two facts are to be learned and followed exactly.

check how i made kaju katli in this video

Kaju Katli

Kaju Katli / Cashew BurfiPrep Time05 mins 
Cooking Time: 15 mins  
Recipe CuisineIndian
Recipe TypeSweets


1. Cashews - 30 / 1 cup (125 gms)
2. Sugar - 1/2 cup
3. Water - just to the level of sugar immerses ( 4tbsp)
4. Ghee - to Grease your Palms

The Ratio between Cashew Powder and Sugar is  2 : 1. if you know this ratio, you can prepare kaju katli in huge quantity! I just used some 30 cashews. They were Big in size, when i powdered them i got about 1 cup / 6 oz.

- Wash and dry your mixer, without wetness.
- Grind the Cashew to the powder form.

How to Make Sugar Syrup for Kaju Katli?

Take half cup sugar(3 oz.) in a thick bottomed pan, and pour water till it get immersed (say 4 tbsp of water).

Keep checking every half minute..

1. Soon after the sugar water starts to boil, have a little in a spoon and touch it with your fingers. it will be very sticky to your fingers.( pisukku patham)

2. Second stage is, just drop a drop of sugar syrup on a plate, and tilt the plate, sugar syrup will start flowing.

3. Third and required stage for Kaju Katli is Single String Consistency. Drop a drop of sugar syrup in a bowl of water, it should get set on bottom of the bowl. when touched, it should not dissolve in water.

When the syrup attains the third stage, put the cashew powder to the syrup and keep stirring it to avoid lumps. even break the lumps if any formed.

Keep the flame Low and keep stirring for at least 3-4 minutes.

When you see bubbles coming and blowing off from the cashew burfi and when you take it with a slotted spoon ( Jalli Karandi ), and tilt the spoon, The cashew burfi should start sliding vertically like paper and flat. switch off the flame and remove from the stove. (just takes 3 - 4 minutes in slow flame, dont exceed this time, if you are a beginner)

Let it cool for about 10 to 15 minutes in tha kadaai / Pan itself. Let it Cool till your palms could bear the heat for kneading.

Grease some ghee(1/4 tsp) on your palms and knead the cashew burfi dough for about a minute or 2, till they all come out to a big ball shape. (Kaju Dough is ready) - Refer here to make Kaju Roll.

Roll them evenly of thickness 1/4' inch. or just pat them with your fingers like we do for Poli.

Cut them into squares or diamonds and store them in air tight container.


If the dough is too hard to knead or it gets cracked on rolling, add 1 or 2 tsp of warm milk to the dough and knead well.

Do not grind the cashews for long time, keep checking in short intervals, whether they are powdered fine or not. if over powdered they may form lumps and it makes lump formation, when added to sugar syrup.

Cashew Burfi / Kaju Katli

It was just like the ones that we get from Sri Krishna sweets. My hubby dear believed that i got from Krishna sweets. Now this is big success for me!

Try this and fall in Love. Its very easy to try. so do try this for Diwali. I also tried cashew rolls with the same cashew katli dough, will post making of Cashew Roll's in 2 days. Keep Waiting.


  1. Delicious and mouth watering kaju katli.

  2. Beautiful kaju katli Lavi...Kalakuringa...

  3. Looks mouth watering. Nice one for Diwali.

  4. Super kaju katli`s...looks like you are having a great Diwali preparation.

  5. Wow lavi... Excellent post.. I m a total fan of Kaju Katli.. Never knew I cud make them at home...
    Will book mark it to try..

  6. KQ, Katli's were so delicious! do try this..

    Thanks Mona!

    Priya..Neenga thaan kalakkal queen!

    Yes Padma, Nice one try for diwali for family!

    Cilantro, appadi ellam perisa onnum illa, chumma try pannean:)

    Sandhya Do try this, you will love it.

  7. Perfect katlis u've got, havent tried this at home...but its one of my fav sweets!

  8. Wow.. delicious display! Looks so good and perfect dear! Tempting, send me a parcel know..! he hee jus kidding!

  9. Kaju katli looks perfect. I was thinking of making it this diwali.

    Thanks for the sharing recipe and tips for perfect sugar syrup.

  10. Thanks a lot lavi..I have a plan to make this for diwali..this post very helpful to me..have bookmarked it dear..:)

  11. oops drooling kathlis. I tried this last week just as a trial. tasted good. but couldnt get the colur and so many i knew where all i went wrong. Will try this now.Waiting for ur rolls.thank u so muchfor sharing.Drooling pictures

  12. Looks like heaven fell over :) I am never comfy with sugar syrup! I make this without it :) Have to try it with the syrup too!

  13. oh those katli's look super yummy dear...diwali celebrations started haah???

  14. Picture looks perfect!..will have to try these sometimes..

  15. Hey Lavi, I am hopping here for the first time...saw your kaju katli..looks awesome..and liked your way of explaining sugar syrup consistency, in detail...overall your blog is very organised, looks pleasant. Hop in by whenever you have time....Muskaan

  16. Lavi,
    Kaju katli superaa vanthiruku,ennakum oru plate anupividu.Advance diwali wishes lavi

  17. I usually follow Malliga Badrin recipes, we can never fail her sweet recipes, Kaju kathli turned out excellent Lavi!

  18. Lavi, no wonder why your hubby thought it is from Krishna Sweets.. They look so perfect... I am sure they would have tasted great...

  19. Wow, Lavi!It is super fantastic!They look just like store bought ones:)

  20. Sharmilee..Its easy to try at home, am sure its economical to prepare than buy from sweet shops..

    Sanghi..Glad you like it, (Kaju Katli one Parcel)!

    It was Divine Divya!

    I posted this ahead of diwali, just to make you all try this at home and enjoy as we did. do let me know after trying chakhlere and Chithra:)

    Jeyashri, hope you can correct now, do let me know how it turned out!

    Thanks Sowmya!

  21. DK, Thats a Great Description! Do Try it DK, Sugar Syrup consistency is here in this recipe and whenever you prepare sugar syrup, let it be in slow flame and keep checking every half minute.

    Prathiba diwali kku oru trial:)

    Thanks Srivalli. Do try this:)

    Thank u A2Z!

  22. I dont have mallika badrinaths sweet book, but i have other books of her, will try to buy Cham. It tasted Good too Cham!

    Yes RV you are correct, it looked and tasted just like from the sweet shop. Thanks Dear:)


  23. Kathli looks perfect!!!!....just the way it should be moist, the nutty brown..and soft...:)

    Me..Really feeling guilty for sitting lazily...making no sweets for Diwali(as always)...

    somehow I never win upon sweets.. murukkus..etc...and always fail miserably :)....
    I am bookmarking this...

  24. extraordinary snaps...beautiful arrangement.

  25. Hi Lavi,
    Wishing u n ur family a happy diwali!!!
    I did kaju katli today for Diwali and its a sooper dooper hit here in Taiwan....Thanks for
    sharing the receipe.
    Yet to do coconut milk sambar, wil post u soon about that.


  26. I had tried this recipe of Kaju Katli this Diwali. The kaju katli's taste is really great. I like it.

    green tea

  27. Thank you vey much for posting this recipe. I tried this and it is delicious.

  28. Kaju katli looks so mouthwatering.I tried it today but my katlis were a bit hard.I must have gone wrong in the sugar syrup.
    Can you post some additional pictures regarding the stages in the sugar syrup if possible.

  29. Padma..You should have stirred cashews little longer. I will try to post pics taken at different stages. Thanks for telling me!

  30. Lavi, I tried the second time by stirring the cashews for a longer time as you said.Yippee , it came out well.But mine was not exactly as soft as yours looked(although it was soft).Can you let me know why ?

  31. Good to Hear Padma!!

    Mine was so soft and also white, bcoz those are made from IMPORTED cashews(which i bought from Nuts&Spices, a store in chennai)

    whereas, when i tried with cashews from local panruti, they came out little hard. but i tell you, there was no compromise on taste.

    So it all depends on the quality of cashews, i guess!!

  32. oru vegam vanthu try pannen..

    messed up! :(

    first of all the cashew powder was coarse :(..when i attempted to pulse fine it got sticky and lumpy..

    then I powdered some more again freshly and let it remain a little coarse

    next the 4tbsp water content in the sugar decreases to 1-2 tbsps when the sugar syrup attains the req was not enough to blend in the cashew i added a little milk...
    ennammo pisu pisunu oru sweet panniyirukken..ippo MW 30 sec vechu eduthen..payyan ore kindal :(...he loves kaju sweets so i still have hope he will lick it off ;)

  33. Hi Lavi,

    Liked ur recipe, which is quite easy and simple. Thanks again.

    I have a doubt here u mentioned in the intro that we need not will till the Single string consistency for Kaju Katli, however, in the detailed recipe u have mentioned to take the consistency of the third stage, which i persume is more than a string consistency. Can you please clarify.

  34. Hi Priya.. Thank You!

    Its definetly not more than single string. but its little before or half a minute before we get single string. hope you are clarified.

  35. Perfect!they look so professional. great tips. can't wait to try them. thanks

  36. Tried this...but did not come out well...the problem was with the sugar syrup...I think the water was not sufficient. "Water - just to the level of sugar immerses" is not sufficient...Had to shape them as Laddoos instead. Taste was good though...

  37. Hi,

    Thanks over telling me!!
    if the water level is little more, you will get halwa like one, water
    level is important! when you were able to shape them into laddoos, it
    should be okay, did you knead if for atleast 2 or 3 minutes(as we
    knead chapathi). on kneading, you can roll the dough and cut into
    pieces. try it next time!

    Hope you had Great Diwali!

  38. wow.....excellent recipe.....

  39. Adding a little cardamom powder and 2 drops of Rose essence will enhance the taste of this Kaju katli recipe. To top it, you can apply silver foil over it. Do try it.


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