Kaju Katli - No Bake Cashew Bars

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Kaju Katli

I had a couple of ideas for Priya's Pink event, but somehow didn't get a chance to work on it. The one I tried was not upto my expectation. With the deadline in 2 days I saw Mangala's Pink Cham Cham and a light bulb flashed. Actually I got 2 ideas, but again had time only to try one. I also wanted to use up the cashews I had in my freezer. So googled and found a good kaju katli recipe. It was very simple to follow and did not use any added fat at all. I decided to mix few drops of rose milk essence with the cashew mixture to make pink kaju katlis.

I've tried making a couple of Indian sweets before but did not get it right because I mess up with the sugar syrup consistency. So I was not sure how this would turn out. I started with only one cup of cashew and was proceeding with each and every step very carefully. It was definitely very easy than I thought it would be and the bars came out perfect. The taste was good too, especially the addition of rosemilk essence gave it a nice exotic touch. I'm sure I'll be preparing these quite often.


Kaju Katli Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
10 Mins30 Mins20 Kaju Kaltis & Some Trimmings.
Kaju Katli - No Bake Cashew Bars
5.0 from 6 reviews
Very easy Kaju Katli recipe. Easy to make, no bake cashew bars.
  • 1 cup Cashewnut (Preferably Broken Into Pieces)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Water
  • Few Drops Rosemilk Essence/Food Color (Optional)
  1. Powder the cashews (without adding water) in a blender/food processor. Using broken pieces of cashews would make it easy. I used the 1 cup jar of my food processor and it took some time to powder.
  2. In a pan add the sugar and water. Heat it and wait until you get a single string consistency. This may take 5-6 minutes. Single thread consistency is when you take a drop of the syrup between your thumb and index finger a single strand should form.
  3. strong>Update: I made it again and noted down the exact times. It took 5 minutes for the syrup to boil and another 3 minutes to get the single string consistency. But note that mine is an electric range and if you have a gas stove it should even quick.
  4. Now stir in the powdered cashew in the sugar syrup. With a spatula (or preferably a big wooden fork) keep stirring; break any lumps, if any.
  5. Add the rosemilk essence or food color if using and mix it thoroughly. Update: Mixing it just enough (two full stirs maybe) that the cashew powder absorbs the syrup should be fine.
  6. Remove the pan from the stove and let it cool for at least 10-15 minutes. By then the mixture will thicken into a play dough (roti dough) like consistency. Update: Don't cool it completely. Remove the mixture from the pan when it is warm enough to handle with bare hands, so that it won't turn brittle and rolling would also be easy.
  7. When the dough is cool enough to handle remove it from the pan and knead it, so that any small lumps of cashew can also be mashed. Roll the dough into a ball and flatten it.
  8. I took two sheets of wax paper. Place the flattened cashew mixture in between the 2 papers and roll it with a rolling pin. Make a thin sheet and remove the wax paper from the top. If you don't have wax paper, simply grease a clean surface with little ghee and then using a rolling pin stretch out the dough.
  9. After an hour cut it into diamonds or squares.
My Notes:
  1. I will be reducing the quantity of sugar when I make it the next time. It was a bit too sweet for me. 1/2 cup is 8 tablespoons, so I think 6 tablespoons should be fine.
  2. If you decide to add rosemilk essence, I would suggest using just 2-3 drops. I used at least 5-6 drops to get that pink color, so the downside is some may feel that the flavor from the essence is overpowering the actual taste of kaju katlis.
  3. It is mentioned in the recipe source that if the kaju katli is not fully set, it can be placed in the fridge overnight. Also these bars are good for at least 4 weeks when stored in normal room temperature.
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  1. Kirby!

    I love cashew goodies!! And these look yummy and easy!

    Thanks Kirby.

  2. A&N

    Looks beautiful! I tried to think of something pink and could not figure out anything 🙁

    But rose milk essence is so unusual and unbelievable!

  3. suparna

    Hi Madhuram,
    The katlis look very toothsome 🙂 very well explained recipe. Great click.The nippatu n okra fry were great too!
    Thanks for the tempting recipes.

  4. mangala bhat

    Wowo ! madhu …lovely kaju kalti ..love the recipe aswell
    .Urs kaju kalti is also looking beautiful… i bet it taste heavenly .Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  5. Rajitha

    look at that color…how adorable! i make katli’s a lil different…will post it someday!

  6. Madhu / Ruchii

    I have made similar recipe using Almonds,Should try with cashews. Pink diamonds looks delicious.

  7. DivyA Vikram

    Looks very pretty in pink!

  8. Priya Sriram

    Wow… looks soooo colourful and soooooo delicious Madhu! Can I have a bite from the monitor itself? 😀

  9. Uma Ramesh

    Your kaju katlis look so very perfect without any fat in it.I am sure that this will be my next try in kitchen.

  10. Priya

    Woww madhu, am very happy to see these kaju katlis u have prepared splly for me..Thanks a lot for sending these delicious treats to FIC!

  11. Trupti

    wow Madhu, kaju katli looks perfect, yummy ..lovely click

  12. Bharti

    So pretty! Love the picture and the color.

  13. madhu

    looks yummy and very inviting!!

  14. shubhada

    Wow, your reply was really super quick. Thanks.

  15. krystyna

    Thank you!

  16. shubhada

    After the sugar syrup reaches a one thread consistency, do we have to switch off the gas before adding the cashew powder?

    No Shubhada. After stirring a couple of times you can switch off the gas and remove from the stove.

  17. Ashwini

    Wow nice color and very inviting..Nice entry..

  18. Anjali Damerla


    Kaju Katli is my family’s all time favorite.

    I make it with Cashews, sugar and whipping cream.

    I also, add either cardamom extract or Kesar Milk masala extract to it. It takes just about 15-20 min to make these yummy treats.

    Anjali, I also got the idea of adding the kesar milk extract, but since I wanted it in pink I went with rosemilk essence. You should post your recipe too. Interesting to know the use of whipping cream.

  19. Sucharitha

    Lovely sweet and loved the Nippatu too. The pink cashew bars look very inviting.

  20. Ramya Kiran

    That looks yummy and colorful. loved your click!

  21. Madhumathi

    Wow..They look so pretty..You are so creative..Nice entry for FIC event 🙂

  22. Asha

    LOVE the color, so beautiful than the regular bland creamy color. Good one!

    Just checked your comment at Aroma, can’t wait to see the cocktail bondas. Great minds think alike Madhu, great minds!! We are not fools! 😆

    Thanks Asha. Actually it’s not bondas, something else in a toothpick.

  23. jayasree

    I have tried the MW method and it came out well. Yours is looking perfect with a pleasing color.

  24. Laksh

    Looks great!! The one time I tried kaju katli it came out more like a kaju cake rather than the soft texture of a katli. I think the sugar syrup consistency is very important.