Thursday, October 22, 2009

Though my favorite is savories, I was supposed to make some sweets for diwali, since the other two persons in our house are fond of sweets. One, always liked the Jamun that his mother prepared during childhood and the other kid is toothless. So I had to prepare something easily chewable to the lil one. There I arrived at these menus.

Cashew Diamonds(Kaju Kathli):


Roasted and Powdered Cashews  - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup(I preferred a lighter sweetness)
Water - as required


1. Dry roast the cashews in any of the below method- the cashews should turn crispy without change in color.
  •  Preheat the oven for 10 min at 350 degree. Spread the cashews in one single layer on a baking sheet.Place this in the preheated oven for 5 min.
  • Spread the cashews in a microwave safe bowl in one single layer and microwave it in high for 5 min, checking every 1 min by tossing the cashews.
  • Heat a pan on a stove top and roast the cashews for 10 min till it generates a nice aroma and still has its color.
2. Using any of the above method roast the cashews. Let it stay for some time ,coz it turns crispy only when it returns to room temperature
3. Powder the cashews in a mixie in minimal speed. Stop every min and turn them over using a laddle. Make a smooth powder.
4. Add sugar to a pan and add very little water(such that it just immerses the sugar).
5. Heat the sugar syrup.
6. When the sugar syrup starts to emanate bubbles ,add  cashew powder and gently stir them using a laddle.
7. Notice the mixture getting thicker.
8. Drop a small piece of the mixture and see if it hardens once cold. This is the correct time to switch off the flame.
9. Allow them to cool.
10. Now knead the mixture using hand. 
11. It would start to ooze out oil.
12. Using a rolling pin roll them to 1/2 inch sheet.
13. Make diamonds out of the sheet.


If the mixture is watery. Cook this again for few more min.
If it becomes powdery add few drops of milk and knead them well.

Badam Halwa:


Badam - 2 cups
Sugar - as required
milk - as required
ghee - 2 tbsp
water - as required


1. Soak Badam in hot water for 4 hrs.Peel the skin and keep them aside.
2. Add milk to the peeled badam such that it just covers the badam.
3. Let it soak for 1 more hr.
4. Grind the badam to a smooth paste by adding the milk that was used for soaking.

5. To 1 measure of this ground paste add 3/4 measure of sugar.
6. Transfer it to a heated pan and stir this mixture continuously.
7. Once the mixture starts to thicken switch off the flame.
8. Add ghee to this mixture and stir well. 
9. The mixture would have absorbed all the ghee.
10. Pour this mixture on a plate and allow it to set.
11. Make diamonds out of them.

Bombay Kajas:


Maida or all purpose flour - 2 cups
Besan flour - 2 tbsps
Cooking soda - 1 tsp
Curd - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 1/4cup
Oil - for frying


1. Add maida, a tsp of sugar, curd, cooking soda and mix them evenly.
2.Add little water and prepare a smooth dough.
3. Add little oil to the besan flour and make a thin fluid out of it.
4.Now make thin circular chappathis out of the dough.

5.Make 4 similar chappathis.
6. Apply the besan batter on 1 chappathi and place another one on top of this. repeat the same procedure for the other chappathis.
7. Now you would have 4 stacked chappathis layered with besan batter.
8. Roll them tightly starting in one corner.

9. Cut 1 inch strips out of this roll.

10.Using a rolling pin gently press each strip.

11. Add 3/4 cup of water the the sugar and make a 1/2 string consistency sugar syrup.
12. Heat oil in a pan and fry all the dough strips made in step 10.
13. Let it fry till the oil stops making bubble sound.
14. Drop it in the sugar syrup.
15. Let it stay in the syrup till the next batch is ready to be soaked.
Crispy Khaja is ready to be tasted.

My  other recipe 'Diwali legyum' will be a separate post.

Sending these to the Sweet Series  event hosted by Sireesha


  1. Sushma Mallya said...
    Thats a yummy sweet,which i havent tried so far...will surely give it a try this time...
    Prathibha said...
    lovely sweets n savories....
    Sangeetha Subhash said...
    Looks yummy and tempting..Love kaju in any form.Wish i could grab it from the screen!!

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