Kaju Puri

Yeah it’s Deepavalli. It’s time to try new recipes and make sweets at home. During my childhood we used to have such a great time celebrating Deepavalli at home. My sibling and I would go shopping with my dad to buy fireworks. My mom made yummy food and we would have many friends visit us with huge sweet boxes of sweets. Typically a big part of all the festivals will be performing rituals and chanting mantras in front of the deity. Deepavalli along with the prayers we also meet folks, share sweets, and lite fireworks. Staying far away from my home land, here in California, I still try my best to keep the spirits and follow the tradition.
Kaju puri was one of the sweets that I had totally forgotten about. This year made this sweet several times, it is so easy to make this no flour, buttery, and crunchy tasting puri with very lil effort. The kaju in this recipe can be replaced with almonds as well.

Ingredients

raw cashews 1 cup (@room temperature)
powered sugar ½ cup
cardamom powder ⅛ tsp
saffron strands 8
milk 2 tbsp

Method

Preheat the oven to 350 deg Fahrenheit.
Grind the cashews in a mixer to make a fine flour. Remember not to over grind. The nut will start to become pasty from its oils, we don’t want the cashews in this state.
Add the saffron threads to the milk and warm it up in the microwave for 10 seconds.
Mix the cashew flour, powdered sugar, and cardamom powder in a medium bowl.
Add the warm milk in very gradually until you get a nice dough consistency.
Note: I have not used up full 2 tbsp of the milk, this happens with much less milk than you will anticipate, so add in just a tsp of milk at a time and blend with your hands. If the dough becomes to wet, it’s hard to fix it. So, better to start over.
Roll the dough to about ¼ inch thick sheet.
Use a cookie cutter to make shapes you desire and place them on a silpad/parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake it in the oven for 8 mins or till the cookies start to get golden around the edges.
Remove from the oven and let cool down for a few mins.
Transfer to the cookie rack and let it cool completely.
Enjoy this awesome tasting puri/cookie with your family and friends.

Happy Deepavalli!!

recipe adapted from here

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