Deepavali/Diwali one of the major Indian festivals and it is on the October 22nd. I am busy in the kitchen preparing the dishes my mom used to make it for this festival. I want to follow the tradition as much as possible so that my little ones should know about it. Even though I can’t follow exactly like it would be celebrated in India. My mom used to make a lot of sweets and savories; however she never made this Kaju katli/Cashew nut fudge. Yes I got the taste first time when we visited Mumbai my hubby’s home for a Deepavali/Diwali festival.
He is an absolute fan of Kaju katli, however nowadays sugar is his enemy so everything is in very little amount. Deepavali/Diwali ‘the festival of lights’ is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm, with lights, crackers, sweets and savory dishes, new clothes. My mom would start her work almost two- three days early to the festival and always made sure that dishes which she makes should be good on Deepavali days. It is usually three day preparation, sweets and savory which can be stored a little while made on the first two days, third day we make sweet with chana dal called “Ukkarai” which is must for Deepavali. We prepare them only during that time. Dad used to buy new clothes and crackers, he make sure that it is not so much sound making ones as we are two girls.
On the day of Deepavali/Diwali after an early morning bath tradition of wearing new clothes and burn crackers and then go to temple. Here there are no crackers but there will be new clothes and dishes. As it is working day, my hubby will be at work and kids going to school. So there will be no elaborate breakfast which is the important part of Diwali festival. But there will be a dinner. I have started making the sweets and savory dishes, and the first sweet I made for this Deepavali is kaju katli/ cashew nut fudge. It is really easy dish. For this you need to use unsalted raw cashew nut and not the salted ones. This one of expensive sweet in India, as it made with cashews which in turn expensive. For kaju katli you need only four ingredients, cashew nuts, sugar, rosewater and cardamom. First ground the cashew into a fine powder with little sugar, then boil water and sugar until it becomes soft ball stage then add powdered cashew powder at first it looks like it dried up, then upon heating sugar dissolves once again and becomes a soft dough, then knead and press this dough into thin sheet and decorate with edible sliver and cut it into diamond shaped pieces.
It is delicious as it has goodness of cashew, you can make them vegan free, just simply avoid ghee for brushing the parchment paper. Use oil of your choice, a mild one. Enjoy, every bite is a delicious treat and you can’t stop with one; you are going eat few more. I am sure.
Deepavali/Diwali Sweets from my kitchen
Here comes the recipe.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.