Kaju Burfi is also known as Kaju Kathli. It is a popular Indian dessert made during festivals. It is a delicious Indian fudge made with cashews. Kaju means Cashew. Everybody loves it and especially, the kids love it the most. I found this recipe here. The recipe is very simple and can be prepared in just few minutes.
One of my friend invited me to her home for Laxmi pooja on Diwali. I had shared few slices of Kaju Burfi with her. She said that her son loved the burfi and asked me to share the recipe. So, I started drafting the recipe to share with her.
This recipe needs just 4 ingredients. Lets begin by keeping the ingredients ready.
Measuring cup used: 1 cup = 250ml
Cashews(Unroasted) – 1 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Water – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder- 1/8 Tsp.(optional)
Ghee – 1-2 Tsp.
Parchment paper – 10″ x 10″
Grease the parchment paper with ghee and keep aside. Grease a rolling pin with ghee and keep aside. Pulse the cashews into a fine powder using a dry blender jar. Cashews need to be at room temperature before powdering them. Do not powder all the cashews at once and do not blend them for too long. Powder them in 2 or 3 batches. This will prevent them from turning into a oily paste.
Add sugar and water in a wide heavy bottomed pan. Add cardamom powder(optional). Place the pan on low heat. Keep stirring the ingredients.
Keep stirring until the sugar syrup reaches one string consistency.
Here is procedure to check the consistency:
Clean your hands. Take out the spatula from the sugar syrup. After few seconds, touch the syrup on the spatula, with the pointer finger. Touch your thumb and the pointer finger together. Gently move your pointer finger away from the thumb. You will see a single thread formed between the fingers. The picture below shows the desired single thread consistency needed to make this recipe.
Once the desired consistency is reached, add the cashew powder gradually into the sugar syrup and keep mixing. Continue to cook until the mixture comes together and looks like a soft dough. To check if the mixture is ready, pinch a small portion of the mixture and you should be able to roll it like a ball with your fingers. Turn off the heat.
Now transfer this mixture to the greased parchment paper. Let it cool for few seconds. Apply ghee on your hand and gently knead the mixture for few seconds. Using the greased rolling pin, roll the dough into a medium thick layer.
Let the mixture cool for a minute. Cut it into diamond shapes or any desired shape.
Let it cool completely. Separate the pieces and save them in an airtight container or serve them immediately. Storing them in the refrigerator helps them to stay fresh for a longer period.
Diwali is a festival of lights. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil. I made Kaju Burfi on Diwali and I wanted to present it in a traditional way. I put together some traditional elements together in this presentation. I tried to represent a Kalasam with Swastika. I also tried to represent a Shubh Laabh Symbol. Clay diyas, flowers and fireworks (flower pots) can also be seen.
Last year I made Kaju Burfi during Christmas time. Ginger bread cookies are usually made during Christmas time. I have a ginger bread man cookie cutter with me and I thought of making Kaju Burfi men to make a kid-friendly presentation. I am sharing the picture here. I was so happy to see the smiles on my kids’ faces when they saw these cute Kaju Burfi men holding a cashew.
Hope you enjoy making this simple & delicious Kaju Burfi!!!!