Monday, December 31, 2007

Kaju Katli N Orangy-Cashew Cookies


Kaju Katli is a sweet which is liked by most of us! My full family just loves it. When Pooja posted her easy recipe I had to give it a try, sooner or later--well later I did! Thanks Pooja...this recipe is a true winner. My hubby too liked this home made Katlis a lot.

Ingredients :
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ghee
1 tsp milk
Chandi Varq

Method :
Grease a small thali/plate with ghee and keep aside.
Kajus are soaked in water for half an hour, drained and spread on a paper towel. In dry jar of a grinder, grind together the sugar and cashews. If there is difficulty in grinding, add only 1 tsp (not more) of milk and coarsely grind it. In a kadhai , take 1 tsp ghee, heat it, add this mixture.
Keep stirring on low or medium flame, till it bubbles and leaves sides of pan. (takes only 5-6 minutes). Transfer immediately onto the greased plate. Flatten it with aid of a spatula, spreading the mixture uniformly in the plate.
Allow to cool completely. Place the varq on it. Cut into shape of your choice. Refrigerate.
This will take one day to firm up. It will then look as above..firm to hold, not chewy at all, very very cashewy!!! Just like Katlis from a sweet vendor!!


The second recipe is from the best blog Shilpa of AR, whose maximum recipes I have tried and they always, without fail turn out best!
These cookies needed orange zest, for which I used orange soaked in warm water, it was easy job to peel off the orange part of skin only, which I later passed through my food processor to shred into more bits. It was fun while baking them, more fun to watch hubby and kids say hmmm-nice ones while eating it. These have only cashews as I didn't have pecans at the time of baking these. They have a mild orange flavour to it, with cashews to munch on and the rest of it just melting away in the mouth!!!!

(Please use accurate measures to obtain delicious cookies)

Ingredients :
2 cups maida
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbspn orange zest (ie zest of 1 medium sized orange)
1 cup cashew (coarsely ground)
1 tsp salt
1 egg

Method :
Sieve maida,baking powder and salt together. Keep aside. Coarsely grind the cashews, keep aside. With an electric beater, cream the sugar and butter. Keep beating on lowest settings, add egg, orange zest, flour mixture spoon by spoon. Finally add the cashews and mix well.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F(170 deg C for my oven). Make small lime sized balls.
Line the baking sheet with waxed paper/parchment paper. Place these pedhas with good space as they tend to spread triple the size. Bake for 15 minutes or till the sides turn golden brown, remove and cool on a wire rack.
If the middle part looks mushy, it will gradually firm up on cooling.

In a dry airtight jar, store these 30 yummy cookies !
Every time the jar is opened a nice aroma fills the place , reeling your senses!!!!




Geets said...

Cookies looks yum.. just a small query from this novice..You mentioned keep the lemon sized pedhas on the baking tray.. just keep it as a ball or do we need to press it flat to get that shape you have shown in the pic?

Purnima said...

Geets-->Welcome to my blog and a HNY 2 U! Well just hv to press it in pedha shape and lay them on the sheet with good spacing, they will flatten out to that size while baking..btw even I m no expert in this yet..pls visit where you will find stepwise pictures too! :D

bhags said...

Kahu katli and orange flavoured cookies....both are my favs.....yummy way to welcome the new year.....Happy new year to you and your family...:)

Asha said...

Happy new year Purnima, enjoy the Katlis,looks yum!:))

Meera said...

Both the recipes look very delicious. I think anything with cashews is simply delectable! :-)


Love the orange cookies Purnima!
Happy New Year to You!

Pravs said...

great looking cookies and katli.I have not tried katli with kaju..always loved with almond.

Nupur said...

Both treats look delicious! Happy New Year to you!

Happy cook said...

Both the cookies look delicious.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi purnima
The katli's look good, tempted to eat them.
Thanks for passing by my blog. Have added a new cake, do have a look, when ever you can.

Mansi Desai said...

yummy!! i just love kaju-katli! and the cookies sound delicious too:)

btw, I'm hosting an event on my blog this month. It'd be great if you could send in an entry:) check details on my blog

DEEPA said...

wow!! this is my husbands favt dessert !!i will surely try it


Your cookies look delicious...its tea time here and all I can can think of is dig into them..
I had a big failure with kaju katli's during diwali...wonder what went wrong with them...
Will try out your way next time.

Purnima said...

Bhags -->Thankyou

Ashakka -->Thanks a lot!

Meera --> True..they sure are delicious!

RK --> Tku.

Pravs --> Do try the cookies n tku!

Nupur --> Thankyou!

HC -->Thanks!

Soni --> Thankyou...

Mansi --> Thanks for your invite..i shall surely try something!

Deepa --> Don't forget to give me a feedback..

Sugarcraft I --> Hey even I failed in earlier attempts, but this is a winner recipe! Pls do try.