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Monday, November 2, 2015

kaju-strawberry-sweet
Kaju strawberry, a latest sweet I tasted when I visited Chennai this year. My relative got it when they visited us. Me and Aj loved this sweet so much that my MIL packed this for us. It had a rose flavour in the fruit part as well as an ice cream flavour in the leaf part. From that time I have been thinking to try this out for this Diwali 2015. But not sure about the method and recipe. I knew it is made of Kaju (Cashew nuts) and searched as Strawberry sweet in Google but never found recipe or method for this. But saw the name of this sweet as Kaju strawberry in online sweet shops. I am sure you might have come across this sweet in mithai shops. So here’s how to make this Diwali special sweet recipe. I sent this recipe for my monthly step by step series in Kungumam Thozi, this time since Diwali, I thought of giving a sweet recipe for Diwali. The issue is out, you can get your own copy for Tamil version of the recipe.
Kaju-strawberry
I did this twice, Aj really liked it a lot. Even Vj had this. Once clicked picture and once took video. I really enjoyed making this sweet and felt happy and content. I am sure you will also get the same feel if you make this and impress your family, relatives and friends. Perfect for gifting. And kids will sure love this one!

Full video for Kaju strawberry -



Kaju strawberry recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Sweet
Prep Time 25 Mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins     Makes: 12

Ingredients

Cashew nuts – 1 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup

Rose food colour – 1/4 tsp

Red food colour – 1/4 tsp

Green food colour – 1/4 tsp

Rose essence – Few drops

Vanilla essence – Few drops

Water as needed


Method

  1. Powder the cashew nuts to a fine powder in a mixer. Measure 1 cup of the powdered cashew nut.
  2. 1-powder
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan, prepare sugar syrup first with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in medium flame. Bring to one string consistency. Refer video for one string consistency. If you check a drop of syrup in between your forefinger and thumb, a string will form. Add rose essence, rose and red food colour to this.
  4. 2-sugar
  5. Add powdered cashew and keep mixing in medium flame.
  6. 3-add
  7. At a stage, it will start leaving the sides of the pan. Check if its right consistency by greasing your hands with water and if you roll a small pinch of the cashew mixture, you will be able to roll a non sticky ball.
  8. 4-consistency
  9. Switch of the flame and keep mixing to get a thick dough. Transfer to a clean kitchen counter top. When the dough is warm enough to handle, you can use few drops of ghee to grease your hands if needed and knead the dough to make it smooth dough. If it seems dry, add one or two tsp of milk.
  10. 5-dough
  11. Knead to make it smooth and divide the dough to 12 equal sized balls.
  12. 6-dough
  13. Shape it to cones that resemble strawberry. Refer video for better understanding. You can use a fork or tooth pick or any tool to press and make it look like a strawberry.
  14. 7-prick
  15. I have used a peeler to give the impressions to resemble the strawberry looks.
  16. 8-prick
  17. Now repeat the same procedure for green dough (measure the cashew powder and use 1/2 the amount sugar and 1/4 the amount water). Add green colour and the essence while preparing the green dough. Divide into 12 small sized balls.
  18. 9-green
  19. Flatten each into rounds and cut into quarters. Stick each quarter to the strawberry we made to resemble its leaf.
  20. 10-leaf
  21. You can also do it in the way I have shown below. Use a clove for decoration as well as flavour. Arrange in paper liners.
  22. 11-arrage

Notes

    • The whole process should be done in medium flame. Otherwise you may loose the right consistency.
    • Pink and red gives the strawberry colour. I used liquid colour and recommend the same to use.
    • As soon as you make the dough, you should shape it, without letting the dough dry.

Stays good for 3-4 days in room temperature and about a week if in refrigerator.
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61 comments:

  1. Is there any other way i can bring about the color using natural colors and not artificial colors?

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    1. Atleast we can use beetroot for red colour but wonder what we could use for green colour.

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    2. We can use spinach for green colout

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  2. Superb.. You have taken this blog to a next level.. Loving your stuff

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  3. Hi raks ,
    I'm a daily visitor of your blog .but never written a comment .. I'm impressed seeing this sweet u are a awesome woman made on earth .... keeping rocking

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  4. Very Beautiful and Eye Catching Pic. Good Job!

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  5. Lovely recipe. .good work raks

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  6. Hi it really looks awesome may I where do you the Colours in Singapore

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  7. Great work raks. Hats off to you. I don have a non stick pan and can we do in a irumbu vadachati and will the result be the same.

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    1. Not sure, may be you can try in a heavy bottomed vessel. Like a pressure pan or cooker.

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    2. Oh . Will try it out .

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  8. Nice work Raks.Only today i was watching a youtube video on Cashew apples.Anothet video is on watermelon sweet too.

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  9. hi raks, simply awesome ....

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  10. Lovely and it is a great to the eyes the way you have clicked. I have a doubt. When you say 1 cup of cashew powder, do you mean that we need to just use half of the powder to make the strawberries and the reminder half for the green part. Please advice.

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  11. Kudos to u raji...beautifully done nd presented..hats of to you!!

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  12. hi raks, simply awesome ....

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  13. I never thought I can do this at home. Tasted only in shop. I am really confused now. So many sweets. Which one to try?

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  14. Innovative share raks... Love it

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  15. Hats off to you Raji...Great effort, very tempting

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  16. No wonder you are top blogger... always rocking RAKS!!!!!!

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  17. Hi Rajeswari, superb presentation, great clicks as usual. You really take the trouble of making anything, and there is nothing impossible for you. Hats off to you. If time permits, please take time to visit my blog and would love to have your comment.

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  18. It's a sweet called as marzipan which is generally available in selected cake shops during Christmas time. This sweet can be made of cashew paste or almond paste etc. your presentation is really wonderful!

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  19. Wow awesome Raks.. U did it perfectly

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  20. awesome work raji. ..hats off to your passion...The sweets look like a real strawberry. ..great job..just a small doubt..do we get 1 1/4 cups of powder for 1 cup of cashew and in that we need to use 1 cup for red color and 1/4 cup for green color? hope my understanding is right...

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    1. Yes roughly 1 & 1/4 cups of powder. even if its more than that, adjust the sugar and water measurement for the green dough accordingly.I hope its clear

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    2. Thanks raji for the prompt response. ..

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  21. Thank you so much all for your encouraging feedback :)

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  22. Hi Raji this is awesome. I hv a doubt. Have u used two cups for this sweet? Is it like one cup for red ones n one cup for green ones? Or is it totally one cup n half of each?

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    1. If you grind 1 cup of cashew nuts, you will get 1 cup plus 1/4 cup roughly. so I used 1 cup for pink dough and the rest for green dough.

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  23. Hi, awesome recipe! Can you please let me know how much does your one cup measure?

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  24. Hi Raks,
    Sweet job!;) can you let me know which brand of food Color you used ? I am also based at SGP

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  25. U have done it effortlessly rak's. Happy diwali to u & ur family.

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  26. Hi I dint get pink food color rather I used rose milk essence...so color cum essence together..tastes yummy

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  27. Thanks for this super recipe, with videos... I was able to get this done for diwali this yr... The compliments poured in

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  28. Hey Raks, I made this for diwali, and it was a super hit! I got rave reviews for the taste, texture and presentation! :) thanks a lot! Keep blogging!

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  29. Thanks for your recipe published just in time for deepavali. I tried and it came out very well. I was glad to share it with friends. Thanks again :)

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  30. Wow raks, mouthwatering... Will definitely try...

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  31. Wow raks, mouthwatering....

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  32. Hi Raks, i have been a big fan of your recipes. Your website is my go-to place for diwali sweets and snacks. i made kaju strawberry and it came out really good. i like kaju sweets to be less sweeter. Can i reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup +2 tbsp? Will that affect the consistency?

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    1. You can try reducing a little, but not half :) It will sure affect the texture. May be try a little quantity and try, it will be useful to you.

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