Cashew Fudge {Kaju Katli}

by Kiran on March 3, 2015 · 17 comments

in Desserts, Gluten Free, Indian

The festival of colors (Holi) has to be one of my favorite festival.


What’s better than playing with colors all day long? Playing also denotes eating, so naturally there’s going to be a few nibbles in between the festivities.

Cashew Fudge {Kaju Katli} | @KiranTarun
Gujiya’s (stuffed empanada’s with sweet coconut and nut filling) are a must have, but believe it or not, I am yet to master gujiya making. Not that I don’t know how to make it. It mostly has to do with the folding of dough. My fingers needs a lot of training in that department.

And I hope to feature my in-laws gujiya recipe up on the blog soon. For now, let’s make fudge. It’s so easy and nothing can go wrong here.

Cashew Fudge {Kaju Katli} | @KiranTarun
There’s no meticulous folding techniques that needs to be mastered here. If you have a great upper-body strength, you are in for a treat.

If not, you are in for pain. Or a slight discomfort with all the stirring. But I promise you, it’ll all be worth it 🙂

Cashew Fudge {Kaju Katli} | @KiranTarun

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Makes about 20 to 25 fudge


  • 200 gms of raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom powder
  • a few drops of rose water
  • 1/2 tbsp ghee


  1. Add raw cashews into a food processor. Pulse until powdered. Do not overpulse because that would draw out oils from the cashews and you don’t want that.
  2. Sift powdered cashews into a bowl and repulse the remainder course crumbs into the food processor until its finely powdered.
  3. Heat a heavy-bottomed large skillet on medium-low. Add water, rose water and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  4. Once sugar dissolves, add cashew powder. With a spatula, stir continuously to avoid the cashews from sticking to the pan.
  5. Once cashew powder begins to thicken, cardamom powder. I added at 6 minutes mark. Keep stirring.
  6. At 10 minutes mark, the dough should begin forming. Oil a clean surface and your hands with ghee, and dump the very soft dough onto a clean surface to cool slightly. Do not cool completely because it’ll be impossible to knead a cooled dough for a smoother fudge.
  7. Once it’s safe enough to handle the hot dough, begin kneading for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth. Do not over knead or put too much pressure while kneading. It will cause the dough to bleed oil and loose moisture, hence you’ll end up with a grainy texture.
  8. Place kneaded and lightly flatten, smooth, warm dough between two parchment paper. Roll out to desired thickness. I love kaju katli’s on a thin side.
  9. With a sharp knife, slice katli’s to desired shapes and size. If you are going to use a cookie cutter, prepare for some muscle work. I’d say, just stick to knife to cut-out shapes.
  10. That’s it. So easy and a perfect finger food for your Holi celebrations 🙂


Cashew Fudge {Kaju Katli} | @KiranTarun
Have a very Happy Holi with your loved ones. Celebrate the colors in your life with fudge, because there’s nothing better 🙂

Have you made fudge before? What’s your favorite recipe?


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1 Rosa March 3, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Happy Holi!

This fudge looks very tempting.


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2 Monica March 3, 2015 at 4:05 PM

This is so interesting. Cashew fudge must certainly be delicious! I’ve only ever made fudge the easy way, with condensed milk. Glad to see there are other ways of making it without involving thermometers.
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3 Ashley March 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever seen fudge made with cashews like this before! It sounds wonderful!
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4 John@Kitchen Riffs March 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Fun fudge! And pretty colors. 😉
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5 Ash-foodfashionparty March 4, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Happy Holi!!! You just put everyone in a super festive mode.


6 Carol at Wild Goose Tea March 4, 2015 at 7:56 PM

I am a colorist!!!! So I love the beginning of this post.
You always do something fancy and even the simple stuff now that I think back on it with such flair. This is a prime example.
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7 Choc Chip Uru March 4, 2015 at 10:46 PM

Your fudge looks delicious, I love how healthy this treat is 😀

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8 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 4, 2015 at 11:57 PM

Beautiful colours!
The cashew fudge looks fabulous!
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9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 5, 2015 at 5:35 PM

I love buttery cashews, this fudge looks like such a treat!
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10 Shashi at RunninSrilankan March 6, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Happy Holi Kiran – I have made fudge before – but nothing as enticing as this -with cashes too! YUM!
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11 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 7, 2015 at 7:00 AM

I’m so attracted to colour so I think I’d go crazy for this festival! Beautiful idea for a fudge too 😀
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12 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 7, 2015 at 8:44 AM

What gorgeous pics — full of vibrant colors!!! I loved particularly the first one. What powders did you use to compose the picture?
The kaju katli looks delicious. As soon as a read “kaju” I knew you were talking about cashew because it is quite similar to the Portuguese term “Caju”. By the way, caju is a native fruit/plant from my region, Northeastern Brazil, brought to India and then other Asian countries by Portuguese settlers. Happy Holi Festival, Kiran!


13 Simi Jois March 7, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Happy Holi – hope you had a good one. Kaju katli is one of my most favoritest ( is that even a word) dessert. Love the texture.
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14 Sonali- The Foodie Physician March 7, 2015 at 11:35 PM

Happy Holi! This looks so delicious and all of your photos are gorgeous!
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15 Coffee and Crumpets March 8, 2015 at 12:06 AM

Happy Holi, Kiran! These Katli look wonderful! I’ve never made them before,,,eaten yes, made no. I should try!
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16 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ March 8, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Even though I am not a fan of fudge I like the idea of these bites: they are made with lots of cashew, a type of nut that I am crazy about. Happy Holi to you!
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17 Mike@TheIronYou March 9, 2015 at 11:38 AM

I’ve never had cashew fudge before but I bet it tastes amazing.
Great recipe Kiran!
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