As the festival Ganesh Chaturthi is approaching nearby, I thought of preparing Kaju Katlis or Burfis as a tribute to the Lord. Although traditionally this Burfi is diamond shaped made out of Cashews and Sugar , I have changed it a little bit for double pleasure and rich taste . This dessert is super easy to make, I have added chocolate as an additional flavor to it. My innovative effort paid off. Now I'm always running out of stock. An believe me friends, my son liked it so much that after each and every meal he makes it a point to ask for Kaju-Chocolate pedas/katli till he realizes that all have been consumed by him and the family. So here is the simple recipe.
1 cup Kaju, plain and keep in fridge for overnight
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Dark chocolate
1 tsp butter
3 Sheets of Varak(silver foil)
Grind the cashews into a fine powder in a blender. do not add water in the blender, tap the jar filled with cashews once in between, so that the powder do not stick to the blades. In a saucepan take water and sugar on low heat, boil till you get double thread string consistency. Remove from heat and start pouring cashew powder into the syrup, mix thoroughly and put it back on low flame again until it becomes a gooey texture.
In the meantime in an another burner, take a double boiler and melt dark chocolate and 1 tsp butter. Make sure the bottom of the upper pan which has chocolate should not touch water of bottom utensil at any cost. Use a spoon to stir the chocolate until it is melted completely. Now mix this melted chocolate with the cashew mixture thoroughly. Knead well till it forms a smooth and shiny looking dough and the natural oil in the cashews will start letting oil out. Now pinch lemon size ball from the dough and make round shape. Arrange them in a plate and apply silver varak on top of each ball. Let these set for a while in fridge and then serve these melt in mouth kaju-chocolate katlis/balls to your family and friends.
User Comments & Tips:
- While adding cashew powder to the syrup stir continiously and do not let it unattended even for a minute.
- After adding chocolate you can also give them into diamond shapes by pouring this mixture in a greased plate and press it to the desired thickness of the katlis. The above surface should be even and smooth. Let this cool a bit and apply silver varak/foil gently over top. After an hour cut the katlis into diamond shape.
- These katlis remains good for atleast 3-4 weeks if stored in normal temperature.