Cashew Nut Diamonds - Kaaju ki Barfi

Cashew Nut Diamonds - Kaaju ki Barfi

This fragrant, fudge-like Indian sweet is served during auspicious Hindu festivals and is taken from the cookbook Easy Indian Cookbook


Makes 12-14 diamonds


200g cashew nuts

seeds from 2 green cardamom pods

80g icing sugar

3-4 silver leaf sheets (optional)


Put the cashew nuts in a heat proof bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover, then set aside and leave to soak for 10 minutes. 

Crush the cardamom seeds to a powder in a pestle and mortar. 

Drain the cashew nuts, put them in a blender and blend until the mixture forms a thick paste. Set aside.

Put the sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until the sugar melts. 

Stir in the cashew nut paste and ground cardamom seeds. spoon the mixture onto greaseproof paper and use a wet palate knife or spatula to spread it into a 10cm/4 in square, about 1.5cm/3/4 in thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the square into diamonds and leave to cool.

If using the silver leaf, carefully add the silver leaf on top – it doesn’t need to be perfect, patches of silver are fine.

Serve at room temperature, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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