Happy Diwali: Cashew nut and Date Fudge (Kaju and Date Halwa)



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There is a reason Diwali is the most loved and most celebrated festival for all Hindus – it is a festival that spans 5 days! No wonder everyone loves it! In India kids get extended holidays during Diwali season and most offices are also closed for all the key Diwali days. Alas no such luck for us folks who are outside of India. But nevertheless we do have extended celebrations too here which spans across multiple weekends! Hey it just comes once a year so why not? 🙂 Anyways, tomorrow is the 3rd day or the main day of Diwali and Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped, along with Lord Ganesha.  For folks who would like to read more about Diwali and the significance of all the 5 days of Diwali, check this link out.  Also, a fellow blogger, Annett Bell, just posted a wonderful article on Diwali complete with beautiful images on her ‘Tales along the way’ blog – You can check out her post here.

So I have been making the Diwali goodies one by one and last night I wanted to make something sweet. I had been wanting to make Cashew nut Halwa (Kaju Katli as it is called) but I also wanted to reduce the sugar content that I saw in most recipes. Last year I had made almond date halwa and so I thought why not cashew date halwa? So there you go – my experiment was successful. Extremely finger licking delicious halwa this one!  You really need to lick the fingers since the halwa turned out very soft and sticky 🙂 I will probably reduce the quantity of butter a tad bit next time I think but other than that I wouldn’t change a thing! I added saffron to flavor but you could use cardamom as well. Yummy halwa! One can definitely indulge a bit during Diwali don’t you think?

Happy Diwali folks! Enjoy! 🙂

Cashew nut and Date Fudge (Kaju and Date Halwa)

  • Time: About 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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 This recipe makes about 24 1 inch square pieces

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashew nuts (unsalted raw)
  • 1 cup dates, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or ghee (or 1 stick or 110 gs approx) – (I used a little more than this but I thought that it was too rich)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (granulated or powdered)
  • 1 cup milk
  • pinch of saffron (10-12 strands) (or any other flavor like cardamom or rose)

Method:

  1. Grease a flat large plate or a pan and keep aside.
  2. Powder(dry grind) the cashew pieces in a food processor until coarsely powdered (Do not over do as it will start forming a dough!)
  3. In a large skillet or a flat bottomed pot, heat the butter and the milk.
  4. To that add the powdered cashew and the chopped dates and the sugar.  Stir well together to get rid of any lumps.
  5. Keep stirring on heat setting between low and medium heat.
  6. Keep stirring still
  7. Again more stirring …for about 15 minutes until you see the mixture getting thick and forming into a sticky mass.  See picture below. Add the saffron strands and mix.Turn heat off.
  8. Pour this mixture onto the greased pan and let cool for about 2 hours (I stuck it in the refrigerator) so that it solidifies and you are able to make cuts on it.
  9. Cut into squares and diamonds and serve in small paper cups topped with cashew and saffron strands.

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