Rose Kaju Katli

// Rose Kaju Katli is a fusion and classic take on a traditional and popular Indian sweet dish Kaju Katli. Perfect for festivals and parties.



Rose Kaju Katli is a fusion and classic take on a traditional and popular Indian sweet dish Kaju Katli. Made with cashew nuts, milk powder, sugar syrup, and rose essence, this innovative dessert preserves the essence of timeless flavors.  

Do you love enjoying Kaju Katli and exploring the new dessert flavors? Then this rose inspired Kaju Katli is meant for you. With its floral rose-infused taste, delicate texture, and aromatic taste this dessert is a work of art.  

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Each bite of this beautiful rose kaju katli holds the essence of Indian tradition and celebration, which makes it a treat that can be cherished and shared with loved ones. 

About Rose Kaju Katli

Due to its delectable taste and rich texture, this traditional Kaju Katli has engraved a special place in Indian cuisine. This katli is an indulging take on traditional Kaju Katli.

This rose flavored kaju katli is a melody of fragrance and delightful textures that fascinates all the senses. The infusion of rose petals and rose essence into the rich cashew nuts base adds a subtle floral aroma and a soothing taste.  

It is not only an elegant dessert that looks stunning but is also an impeccable blend of traditional charm and contemporary taste. This lovely taste wins the hearts of connoisseurs and dessert enthusiasts alike.  

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Filled with the essence of rose petals, this version of kaju katli is a gratifying twist to the authentic treat. It is also a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of celebration and togetherness.

So, whether it is Rakhi, Holi, Diwali, or any other special occasion where you need to celebrate with a hint of sweetness, this Rose Kaju Katli is here to shine your dessert table with its prettiness and sophistication.  

It does not only look appealing, but it is so easy to craft with a handful of quality ingredients such as cashew nuts (kaju), rose petals, sugar, milk powder, ghee, edible rose water, and edible food color. 

Overall, this delightful confection serves as an excellent option for all occasions. So, the next time when you want to enjoy a sweet dish for festivals and celebrations, try this vegetarian and gluten-free sweet.  

This Rose Kaju Katli  

✔︎ is simple and easy to make 

✔︎ can also be made in assorted flavors 

✔︎ is vegetarian and gluten-free 

✔︎ is rich in nutrients 

✔︎ is visually appealing  

✔︎ is a reliable source of protein 

✔︎ has a soft & melt-in-mouth texture 

✔︎ is perfect for festivals & get-togethers 

✔︎ can be packed into decorative boxes for gifting 

✔︎ is a fantastic Indian sweet with a floral twist 

✔︎ has a creamy texture and nutty flavor 

photo of a plate of kaju katli with a flower on a table

Ingredients 

  • Cashew Nuts (Kaju): Kaju or cashew nuts is the main ingredient of this rose flavored kaju katli recipe. They create a rich, creamy, and nutty base of this katli. You can use both whole and broken cashew nut pieces in this recipe. 

  • Milk Powder (Doodh ka Powder): It is another essential ingredient of this kaju katli recipe. It adds a touch of dairy richness to this sweet dish while intensifying its depth of flavor. 

  • Sugar: It is used for making sugar syrup. It sweetens this sweet dish and balances the nutty flavors of the cashews and the floral rose essence. 

  • Ghee: You will need a little bit of ghee for making this katli recipe. It prevents the mixture from sticking to the pan, and adds a rich taste and soft texture to this katli recipe. Also, a small amount of ghee is used for rolling the dough into a sheet.  

  • Rose Flavor: Rose flavor is the main flavor of this dessert. To infuse this dessert, you can either use a few drops of rose essence or use rose water. You can also add about 1 tablespoon of rose syrup to this recipe. 

  • Crushed Dried Rose Petals: For an added rose flavor and delightful texture you can add about 1 tablespoon of crushed dried rose petals to the cashew nut mixture. For an extra layer of rose flavor, I have also sprinkled my rolled katli sheet with rose petals.

They add to the visual beauty and add a touch of elegance. 

  • Water (Pani): It is an important ingredient to create sugar syrup.  

  • Red Food Color (optional): Color enhances the looks of this katli. I have added a few drops of red food color, but adding color is completely optional in this katli recipe.

  • Silver Warq: To make this dessert look festive, like store-bought ones, I have garnished it with edible silver warq. You can also use golden leaves to decorate this katli. Although it is an optional ingredient used only for garnishing. 

Variations

Pistachio-Rose Katli

If you adore rose and pistachio flavor, then you can make pistachio rose katli aka pista rose katli. To make this version, add about 2 tablespoons of coarsely chopped pistachios to the cashew mixture while cooking. This katli a nice nutty texture and essence of pistachios.  

Saffron-Rose Katli

You can also combine saffron and rose flavors to make saffron rose katli. Saffron and rose flavors complement each other. To make this variation, saffron strands can be added to sugar syrup to elevate the floral fragrance.  

Cardamom-Rose Infusion 

For making spice notes dance on your palate, you can add a dash of cardamom powder. It adds warmth and a magnificent fusion to this dessert. 

Coconut-Rose Kaju Katli  

If you like rose and coconut combinations. The natural sweetness of coconut complements the rose flavor gorgeously. Then you can try making coconut-rose katli by adding 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut to the coconut mixture.  

Nutty Crunch  

Love a nutty crunch in your desserts. If yes, then you can try adding 2-3 tablespoons of coarsely ground almonds, or pistachios to the cashew mixture. The crunch of the nuts imparts a pleasurable surprise in every bite, which complements the creamy texture of the cashews.

Chocolate-Rose Twist 

Love chocolate rose flavors? Then you should add a small amount of cocoa powder to the cashew mixture. This fascinating blend offers a contemporary twist on a classic flavor. In this version, you can skip food coloring.  

Fruit Kaju Katli

If you like fruity flavors, then you can try adding a small amount of fruit essence to the kaju katli mixture. You can try adding strawberry, raspberry, pineapple or even mango essence to infuse this kaju katli with a burst of fruity flavour. 

Nut-Free Rose Kaju Katli  

If you are allergic to nuts, then you can swap cashew nuts with ground sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. This seed base creates an extraordinary twist on this authentic treat. 

photo of a person holding a piece of rose kaju katli from a stack of kaju katli

Storing Suggestions

Rose flavored kaju katli can be stored in an airtight container in a clean and dry place away from moisture and direct sunlight. The exposure to heat and light can cause the katli to lose their texture and flavor. Make sure to allow it to cool completely before storing. 

When storing rose scented kaju katli, make sure to layer it when you are stacking the sweets in the container. To layer, place a sheet of parchment paper between the layers to prevent sticking and preserve their shape. 

Refrigeration 

If you consume the katli within a few days, then you can store them at room temperature. However, if you are planning to store katlis for an extended period, then you can refrigerate them for up to 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks).

Freezing

If you want to enjoy Rose Kaju Katli for a long time, then you can consider freezing them. To freeze, wrap each kaju katli in a plastic wrap and then transfer them to a freezer safe Ziploc bag or a container. Freeze them for up to 2 months.

Just remember to thaw the kaju katli mithai in the refrigerator before serving. 

Serving Suggestions

Rose Kaju Katli is a festive dish that is usually served during celebrations, festivals, and other special occasions such as Holi, Diwali, Rakhi, or weddings. 

You can serve this beautiful Rose Kaju Katli along with an elaborate Indian thali consisting of paneer paratha, paneer afghani, dal tadka, onion tomato raita, salad, and Indian milk cake. This can also be added to the festive dessert table. It can also be served as a teatime snack along with samosa, paneer pakora and a hot cup of fragrant Indian masala chai, rose masala chai, or with iced rose latte

For a modern fusion dessert, you can accompany it with other rose flavored desserts such as rose ice cream, rose kulfi, layered coconut burfi, or rose ladoo. You can also serve them along with toasted nuts as a brunch to your guests. 

overhead photo of a plate of rose kaju katli dessert on a table with a pink background

Important tips and tricks to Make the best Rose Kaju Katli

  1. Fresh Cashews: When making any nut base sweets it is important to use some fresh and high-quality nuts. So, make sure you use the fresh premium cashew nuts, the stale nuts will ruin the taste.   

  2. Grinding: When grinding cashew nuts, make sure that you do not over grind the nuts, or else they will turn into a paste. To make a fine and consistent powder, it is important to pulse for a few seconds and then wait for a while. Keep pulsing, and stop until you get the even textured powder.  

  3. Strain: If you want smooth kaju katli, then you can also strain the powder using a sieve.  

  4. Sugar Syrup Consistency: When making the sugar syrup, ensure that it reaches to 1 thread consistency before adding cashew mixture. To check the consistency, take a small amount of syrup between your fingers and press them apart. If it forms a single thread, then it is ready for combining with the cashew mixture. If not, then keep cooking until it reaches desired consistency. 

  5. Cooking: After adding cashew mixture, cook it on low to medium heat while stirring continuously to prevent sticking. Slow and steady cooking is the key to getting an evenly cooked mixture.  

  6. Flavor: For a delicate rose flavor, I have flavored this katli recipe with rose essence and crushed dried rose petals. You can also swap rose essence with rose water. For more intense flavors, add rose essence to the mixture at the time of kneading.  

  7. Kneading and Rolling: When kneading the mixture, it is hard to touch with the hand, so knead it in a parchment paper to avoid direct heat on the hands. Also, add some flee to the parchment paper before kneading the mixture to prevent sticking. When it’s time to roll, work swiftly, as the mixture can become less pliable as it cools. 

  8. Cutting: Classic katli shape is diamond shape, so I cut my katli into diamond shapes. Use a sharp knife to make the perfect diamond shaped katlis. If you want to cut katli in other shapes such as a circle, triangle or square then you can surely do that. 

  9. Storage: Let the katlis cool completely before handling or storing. You can store this Kaju Katli in a parchment paper lined airtight container at room temperature in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. This step preserves freshness and prevents moisture absorption. If you store it for a longer period. then you can consider refrigerating. 

  10. Presentation: For an elegant plating I garnished this rose flavored kaju katli with dried rose petals and silver warq. You can also use golden work. If using silver/golden warq, gently apply it to the rose scented flavored kaju katli after rolling and then apply slight pressure to adhere smoothly. 

photo of a rose kaju katli garnished with silver warq with a stack of kaju katli

Faqs

What is Rose Kaju Katli? 

Rose Kaju Katli is a variant of a delightful Indian sweet kaju katli which is made using cashew nuts, milk powder, sugar and infused with the rose essence. This sweet dish has a smooth, melt-in-mouth fudgy texture. 

Is Kaju Katli difficult to make? 

Kaju Katli is not an overly complex dish to make, but surely requires some attention. So, to make the perfect kaju katli, it is important to follow each step carefully. And with a bit of practice, you can achieve the desired texture. 

Is Rose Kaju Katli gluten-free? 

Yes, Rose Kaju Katli is naturally gluten-free, as it is made using cashew nuts and milk powder and ingredients that are a suitable option for people with gluten intolerance. 

Can I customize the flavor of Kaju Katli? 

Absolutely, customizing kaju katli flavors is possible. Hence, feel free to experiment with different flavor variations, such as saffron, cardamom, or other nuts.  

Can I gift Rose Kaju Katli? 

Yes, Rose Kaju Katli makes a lovely gift for festivals, birthdays, weddings, or other occasions. So, make gift boxes, pack them in decorative boxes or pouches and present these homemade treats to friends and family. 

Can I use fresh rose petals for Rose Kaju Katli? 

Using dried rose petals is recommended to make rose flavored kaju katli, but you can try experimenting with fresh rose petals. When using fresh rose petals, add torn petals to the sugar syrup while boiling it.  

How do I store Rose Kaju Katli? 

Storing Rose Kaju Katli is amazingly simple. To store, let them cool completely and then place them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. For longer storage, you can also refrigerate or freeze this kaju katli.

Can I make Rose Kaju Katli at home? 

Absolutely! This katli can be prepared at home using simple ingredients like cashew nuts, rose petals, sugar, and rose extract or rose water. With the right recipe and techniques, it is an attainable culinary creation. 

What occasions is Rose Kaju Katli suitable for? 

This Kaju Katli is the perfect choice for any special occasions, celebrations, festivals like Diwali, Rakhi, Holi, and Karwa Chauth. It can also be served as an elegant treat on birthdays, parties, or weddings.

Can I make Rose Kaju Katli in advance? 

Yes, making Rose Kaju Katli ahead of time is possible. Simply make the rose flavored kaju katli and store as per instructions. 

How long can Rose Kaju Katli be stored? 

When stored in an airtight container in a refrigerator, this  rose flavored kaju katli can be devoured for up to 2-3 weeks.  

Can I use almond or other nut flour instead of cashew for Kaju Katli? 

As the name suggests kaju or cashews is a main ingredient of kaju katli recipe, but you can experiment with other nuts such as almonds to make badam burfi, or peanuts to make peanut katli, or pistachio to make pista katli.


Rose Kaju Katli (Step-by-step photo instructions)

Prepare Cashew Powder:

  1. Add cashews to a blender jar or a food processor and grind the cashew nuts into a fine powder. Be careful not to over-grind, as it can turn them into a paste. Add the cashew powder to a small mixing bowl along with the milk powder. Tip: You can also strain the cashew powder for a finer texture. Set it aside.
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Make Sugar Syrup:

  1. In a pan, add sugar and water. Stir well until the sugar dissolves completely. Bring it to a boil over medium heat and let the syrup cook until it reaches a one-string consistency. To check the consistency, simply take a drop of syrup between your fingers and press them apart. If it forms a single thread, it is ready to be mixed with the cashew powder mixture.
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Make Rose Kaju Katli:

  1. Next, add the cashew powder to the hot sugar syrup while continuously stirring the mixture. Cook it over low heat while stirring constantly, making sure there are no lumps. Cook for about 1 minute, then add 1 teaspoon of ghee to the mixture and mix again. After that, add a few drops of rose extract or rose water, crushed dried rose petals, and red food color. Mix well. Keep stirring and cooking on low heat until the mixture thickens and starts leaving the sides of the pan. This might take around 2 minutes.
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  3. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool slightly for a few minutes until you can handle it. Spread a few drops of ghee onto a parchment paper, then transfer the mixture onto the parchment paper. Knead it until you get a smooth dough. Then cover the top with parchment paper and roll it to your desired thickness. Sprinkle the crushed dried rose petals over the rolled sheet and roll it again slightly to ensure the petals stick to it. Carefully apply the silver/golden warq (silver leaves) onto the rolled mixture.
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  5. Allow the Kaju Katli to cool completely. After that, cut the rolled mixture into diamond-shaped pieces using a sharp knife. Once cut, gently separate the pieces. Your fragrant Rose Kaju Katli with a touch of elegance is ready to be enjoyed! Eat them immediately or store them in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
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Rose Kaju Katli [Recipe]

Recipe Image
Rose Kaju Katli is a fusion and classic take on a traditional and popular Indian sweet dish Kaju Katli. Perfect for festivals and parties.
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(Rating: 5 from 6 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
20 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Desserts Indian 35-40 pieces
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
39 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Rose Kaju Katli
  • 250g kaju/cashew nuts
  • 5 tablespoons (40g) milk powder/doodh ka powder
  • 200g sugar/shakkar
  • 100ml water/pani
  • 1.5 teaspoons ghee (1 teaspoon for cooking, 1/2 teaspoon for rolling)
  • Red food color (optional)
  • Few drops of rose extract or 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried rose petals
  • Edible silver warq - 7-8 leaves (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare Cashew Powder:
  1. Add cashews to a blender jar or a food processor and grind the cashew nuts into a fine powder. Be careful not to over-grind, as it can turn them into a paste. Add the cashew powder to a small mixing bowl along with the milk powder. Tip: You can also strain the cashew powder for a finer texture. Set it aside.
Make Sugar Syrup:
  1. In a pan, add sugar and water. Stir well until the sugar dissolves completely. Bring it to a boil over medium heat and let the syrup cook until it reaches a one-string consistency. To check the consistency, simply take a drop of syrup between your fingers and press them apart. If it forms a single thread, it is ready to be mixed with the cashew powder mixture.
Make Rose Kaju Katli:
  1. Next, add the cashew powder to the hot sugar syrup while continuously stirring the mixture. Cook it over low heat while stirring constantly, making sure there are no lumps. Cook for about 1 minute, then add 1 teaspoon of ghee to the mixture and mix again. After that, add a few drops of rose extract or rose water, crushed dried rose petals, and red food color. Mix well. Keep stirring and cooking on low heat until the mixture thickens and starts leaving the sides of the pan. This might take around 2 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool slightly for a few minutes until you can handle it. Spread a few drops of ghee onto a parchment paper, then transfer the mixture onto the parchment paper. Knead it until you get a smooth dough. Then cover the top with parchment paper and roll it to your desired thickness. Sprinkle the crushed dried rose petals over the rolled sheet and roll it again slightly to ensure the petals stick to it. Carefully apply the silver/golden warq (silver leaves) onto the rolled mixture.
  3. Allow the Kaju Katli to cool completely. After that, cut the rolled mixture into diamond-shaped pieces using a sharp knife. Once cut, gently separate the pieces. Your fragrant Rose Kaju Katli with a touch of elegance is ready to be enjoyed! Eat them immediately or store them in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

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NOTES:

  1. Fresh Cashews: When making any nut base sweets it is important to use some fresh and high-quality nuts. So, make sure you use the fresh premium cashew nuts, the stale nuts will ruin the taste.
  2. Grinding: When grinding cashew nuts, make sure that you do not over grind the nuts, or else they will turn into a paste. To make a fine and consistent powder, it is important to pulse for a few seconds and then wait for a while. Keep pulsing, and stop until you get the even textured powder.


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