Kaju Katli! Indian Cashew fudge. vegan, glutenfree

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VeganMofo Post 20, Day 25. Happy Diwali Everyone. This whole month is full of Indian festivals.. its a whole month of festivities for Indians and anyone who celebrates these festivals. Sweets and savory snacks and lots of yummy food!
Continuing with the sweet streak with these ever fave.. delicious Kaju Katlis.... The simplest ever ButterFree Fudge!!


Diwali like most festivals is celebrated in a variety of ways in different parts of the country. The things that are common are Pooja(religious worship rituals performed in different ways to get god's blessings), making sweets and snacks, visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts and sweets.


Though a good part of India is vegetarian, we do have an intense dairy oriented dessert/sweet consumption. I am trying to make up a collection of already vegan and veganized versions of Indian sweets to celebrate these occasions without missing out on all the sugar high!

Check out my Vegan Indian Sweets picture album with recipes on my facebook page here.

Makes 30-40 pieces depending on size.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of raw cashew (kaju)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar(raw sugar is sweeter than powdered sugar. Any other type of natural sweetener sugar which can make a single string consistency sweet syrup can be used)
  • flavor options - pinch of cardamom powder, or saffron, or a few drops of kewra or rose essence.
Directions:
  1. Grind the cashew to powder. Dry grinder or a coffee grinder will work best. I use the grinder blade in my magic bullet and grind about 3/4-1 cup at a time. Stop grinding when some of the cashew powder starts releasing oil and sticking to the sides. If there are bigger cashew pieces, remove them and add to next batch. Add a tsp or so flour or cornstarch to each cup to help with the grinding if needed.
  2. In a saucepan, boil the sugar and water together on low-medium heat until syrup is single thread consistency (a nice long single thread).
  3. Add any flavoring per taste. We added a pinch of cardamom and mix in the syrup.
  4. Turn the syrup off the heat and immediately start adding the cashew powder to the syrup and mix it well, making sure there are no lumps. The mixture might resemble thick batter at first.
  5. Keep adding cashew powder and mixing till the mixture becomes a soft dough. The mixing will end up feeling like kneading.
  6. To check if the dough is ready, take a teaspoon full, you should be able to roll this into softball.
  7. Mix lightly to combine well. Too much kneading is not required, else the cashew will keep releasing oil.
  8. Spread the dough quickly on a greased plate or wax paper. Spread before the mix cools off. you can also roll it in between 2 sheets of parchment or wax paper. I just patted it down to the thickness I wanted. about 1/4 inch.
  9. Cool in the refrigerator for half an hour so it is easy to cut into desired shape. Kaju Katli, the indian way, is usually cut in diamond shape using a grid pattern. cut parallel lines diagonally, and then the across. You can also roll these into small balls and cover in powdered cashew, pistachio, coconut or cocoa. or make thicker fudge squares. The Katli hardens even more the next day.
  10. Top with crushed pistachios or serve as is! Store in a cool and dry airtight container for a few days. 

You can make this fudge with Almonds or peanuts, raw or slightly roasted too(Badam Katli) Have a safe and wonderful Diwali. There are several more vegan bloggers blogging amazing plant based Indian sweets! lots of option to choose from, no bad fat and a compassionate way to celebrate. Check out Vaishali's sweet collection here


24 comments:

  1. OMG! You made these so perfectly. They look gorgeous!:)

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  2. They look so delicious! I have never tried to make an Indian sweet but I do like eating them.

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  3. Wow oh wow! And pinned. That is so going to be in my giveaway baskets this year.

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  4. Beautiful katlis, R. They look delicious and absolutely perfect. Messed up one batch here(the sugar got crystallized) but my l'l miss still loves them :)

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  5. Thanks Mandee!

    Thanks you LifenSpice.

    Thanks Mel. these are super simple to make.. do try and let me know!

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  6. Thanks Dawn. I hope you all love these!

    Thanks R&R at Tadkapasta.. i would have spoilt some, but mom's perfect eye in the kitchen is here!!

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  7. Those look so good! I didn't know you could make Indian fudge without ghee.

    Happy Diwali!

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  8. If i continue blog hopping today i might just drool badly on my lappy. ALl the diwali sweets are so amazing and kaju katli .. my oh my .. favorite of all!

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  9. Bookmarked!! OMG I love the look of this, cashews and sweetness and a recipe I can use my rosewater in!

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  10. i love kaju katli but i've never made it at home! it sounds so easy and looks absolutely perfect!

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  11. Happy Diwali to u too Genevieve. Some of the fudges can be made without any ghee or oil! and the rest i am going to veganize.

    Thanks Kankana, yes, this is one of those sweet tooth ache and drool weeks!

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  12. Thanks Hannah, u shuld give it a try,.. since its almost raw!

    Thanks Anuradha. Yes its just about getting the sugar syrup right.. and rest is super easy!

    Thanks Gigi!

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  13. This looks awesome. Hands down the most awesome well, all your treats look awesome, but cashew! Mega awesome. Love! instant love!

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  14. Thanks Savannah!:) hope u make some and gobble all of it up!

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  15. YUM YUM!! I truly enjoy katlis. My favorite are the badam ones. :)

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  16. Delicious love kaju katli. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

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  17. I didn't think that a butterless fudge existed so thanks for proving me wrong! they look great!

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  18. Thanks Susmitha.. i have to make some badam ones.. its just easier to powder cashews:)

    Thanks Swathi!

    Thanks Sylvia. Yes, Cashews have a good fat content.. so no need to add butter!

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  19. This fudge looks delicious - how amazing it is butter free! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop. I've chosen it as one of my highlights this week!

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  20. Thank you for your submission. I want this right now.

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  21. Do you think I could get it smoother by soaking the cashews overnight?

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    1. no.. that would become cashew cream and will not work in this recipe. The dry cashew flour and thick sugar syrup make up the right texture of the fudge. Cashew cream would end up with too much moisture and will not set.

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