Kaju Barfi Recipe
Kaju Barfi is an Indian dessert prepared with cashew nuts, thickened milk and sugar. It is a perfect recipe during festivals and many households prefer to make their own Kaju Barfi for purity reasons. Making traditional Indian sweets at home also adds the fun to festivities. In the olden times, women would come together days before a festival and start making sweets, savories and pickles. Now of course that does not happen due to lack of time but this easy Kaju Barfi recipe should get you in the mood for some home made sweets this season!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 20 pieces
- Cashew nuts – 1 cup or 8-9 cashews
- Sugar -1/2 cup (preferably powdered/castor sugar)
- Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
- Saffron stands – 4-5 (optional)
- Water – ¼ cup
- Ghee -2 tsp
- For garnishing: Edible Silver Foil
- Make a paste of cashew nuts by grinding them.
- Tip: Cashew nuts should be at room temperature before you powder them. While grinding in a mixer, operate the mixer at intervals. Cashew nuts are rich in oil content and tend to get stuck to the walls of the mixer.
- Now take a heavy bottomed pan and add water and sugar. If you are using powdered sugar, it will dissolve easily in water.
- Once sugar dissolves, add cardamom powder and saffron strands.
- After a minute, add cashew nut powder/paste that you have prepared.
- Cook on low flame for 3-4 minutes, lest the mixture burns.
- Now add Ghee and mix well. Cook till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
- The final consistency of mixture should be of a consistency that you can mold into a diamond shape or whichever other shape you prefer.
- Remove the mixture from the flame and spread out on a greased plate. Flatten with a kadhai or spatula.
- Cut into diamond / desired shape once the mixture cools.
- Decorate with edible silver foil and your delicious home-made festival recipe is ready to be savored! Be a star this Diwali by serving it to family and friends.