Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Kajukanda: Little cashew treats to bring back the child in you.

Hi to all of you after almost a whole year. Many of you might even have trouble remembering who I am and I cannot say I blame you. Anyway let be jog your memory a little. I am Anupama, and I blog about all the delicious things (if I may say so myself) that I make in my little kitchen. I have been on a year long break for various reasons that I wouldn't want to bore you guys with. But I am back. Believe me I have missed by blog just as much as you all have. I was desperate to get back into the blogsphere on so many ocassionsin this last year, but it was just other commitments that I had taken up myself that wouldn't let me. 
Now my intention to come back to my blog was always there, but two things that kind  made my resolve to blog again even stronger were:

1. Firstly friends started talking about my blog in the past tense. Oooooh how scary and sad that was!
2. Secondly avid readers of my blog and even a couple of new neighbours who until recently did not even know that I had a blog, kept asking me to update. It was really touching. It made me realise how much people liked what I posted.
So here I am back in action. What I have today and what you see in the pic above are two kinds of treats. Chocolate Squares and Cashewnut and Rose Flavoured Squares, which are called Kajukanda in Marathi. I'll tell you more about the chocolate squares in my next post. But this one is for Kajukanda.
Many of you must have enjoyed Kajukanda as kids and some of us enjoy it even as adults. They are little bites of sugary delight that are hard to resist.
Now Kajukanda is sold by the truckload in most food stores, but I often wonder how much of real cashews actually go into them. Seriously sometimes they taste more of peanuts than cashews. So when my mom came up with this recipe of homemade ones, I jumped.
The first batch she made was a trial and it disappeared in a matter of minutes. Ever since she makes them every so often. As she is a Grandma to three kids (not all mine.... god forbid :)), who constantly crave sugar in all its forms, she has ample opportunity to make them. Believe me, once you try these homemade ones, you will never buy the store variety. They are easy to make, not at all time-consuming and definitely heaps tastier.
So here goes
Grease a 8" x 10" tray. (Dimensions of tray are approximate)

  • 2 cups finely powdered plain cashewnuts (I used an ordinary teacup. You can use any other cup, but then stick to the same for measuring the rest of the ingredients.)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 drops of pink food colour
  • 1/2  a tspn of  rose essence (Available in all food stores)
  • Water to make a syrup
  1. Place the sugar in a heavy bottom pan.
  2. Pour just enough water over the sugar till all the sugar is just about submerged in the water. Do this very gradually, so you don't end up with too much water in the pan.
  3. Switch on the heat on low simmer.
  4. Let the sugar dissolve and the syrup come to a boil on a low simmer till you have a 2 string consistency syrup. This took me about 7 to 8 mins. But that can change depending on the amount of water you add to the sugar and also the heat settings of your hob.
  5. A more assured way of checking this is to take a tiny drop of hot syrup between your forefinger and thumb and pull your fingers apart, a couple oof times. You should see two strings of syrup formed clearly everytime you pull your fingers apart. This is the tricky part in the recipe. So it's best to keep the heat on low simmer throughout the recipe, so you don't overdo the syrup.  
  6. Once your sugar syrup has reached the right consistency, add the cashew powder and the rose essence to it.
  7. Cook further for approximately 3 to 4 minutes, or until you see the mixture leave the sides of the pan. All on low simmer.
  8. Pour the mixture into your prepared tray.
  9. Give the tray a couple of gentle bangs on your kitchen platform to get a smooth top surface. Don't touch the mixture with your fingers.
  10. The mixture will set in a few minutes.
  11. Cut out squares the size you want.
  12. Store a tight lidded container.
As there is no milk in this recipe, Kajukanda keep well for a reasonably long time. But in warm weather they can be stored in the fridge too.
Enjoy !! And save some for your kids too :))
Coming up next are Chocolate Vanilla Squares



Hari Chandana said...

Wowww... looks super delicious and tempting.. awesome clicks too.. thanks for sharing dear :)

Unknown said...

Welcome back, anupama...glad to have to blogging again. Your recipes have always been a favorite:)Looking forward to more...sanukeeta

Anonymous said...

Hi Anupama, hope to see you more in action :)

Warm welcome


The Builders SW said...

Welcome back Anupama,
We used to enjoy your recipes at our Perth Caterers
This one shows that you haven't lost your touch!

Ashwini said...

Hi Anupama, Kajukanda really looks yummmy... Never bought the Kajukand from the shop for my son as I always wondered, "What is this made up of?"... But Now I will surely try this one. And Thanks for sharing the tip i.e the 5th point in your recipe. Which will help me in making various other sweet dishes too. :)...........bfn Ashwini

Visala said...

Yummy. Looks tempting

bagelsandbrownies said...

Your kajukanda is really looks very sweaty. I think it's taste is sweet too. But i like your cake very much.

cody said...

This is a great recipe and everyone loved it.

Jill said...

so cute.. my cousins will love those. This is one of the best treat recipes I really should try. Keep it up!

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Welcome back to blogsphere my friend. I will be your new frequent follower, specially that there are a lot of delicious thing to look forward in your kitchen.

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i like to try to bake this one, simple recipe and looks delicious

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yummy, it makes me hungry

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Wow here's something for my desserts after a good munching on a good chicken recipe.

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I am fan of such chocolate Squares and Cashewnut and Rose Flavoured Squares. I am eager to learn such varieties as I was just cooking indian food recipes and not having any knowledge about these dishes.

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Very tempting feel. Thanks for this food guide.

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