I have to thank this blog and Devansh for me making Indian sweets at home. This Kaju Katri recipe would not have happened as a Diwali Special recipe if not for these two. Now-a-days you easily get good, ready-made Diwali food everywhere so most of us don’t bother to make it at home. When I was a kid I remember “Faral” was an integral part of Diwali. Mom used to make karanji and chakli at home with the help of her cook. I would “assist” while Aai would be trying to get me out of the kitchen, away from frying pan and hot oil.
Those were fun days. As I was writing about my childhood memories of Kojagiri Purnima in the Masala Milk post, I realized that this is what memories are made of. Parents lovingly making something for their kids that the kids enjoy. Devansh, will probably not remember me buying him chocolates or new clothes for festivals. But I am sure he’ll cherish the memories of us trying to get a good look at the moon on a Kojagiri day before having masala milk or me making him his favorite “diamonds”. Incidentally that’s what he used to call Kaju Katri until a few months back. 🙂
One day Devansh came home from his friend’s place and told Kalpesh, “Daddy, please buy me diamonds.” I got all territorial and told him, “Hey I should be the one asking Daddy for diamonds.” But then I got curious to know what he wanted diamonds for. “I’ll eat them” he said. After more explanation we found out he got Kaju Katri at his friend’s place and his friend refers to them as diamonds. So for the longest time Devansh too referred Kaju Katri as “diamonds”. Now he’s five and a half, all grown up and has started calling it by its proper name. Sometimes I miss the times when he had kiddie names for stuff.
It was easy to narrow down on Kaju Katri recipe as a Diwali special recipe because Devansh absolutely LOVES Kaju Katri. Also, I wanted to make something different than the typical Diwali faral of karanji and chakli. Making this kaju katri was a learning experience. I haven’t made too many sweets before, most of my cooking is pretty functional. The sugar syrup I made became slightly thicker than what it should be making my kaju katris slightly grainy. Although the appearance was less than perfect, the taste was fab. Devansh ate 4-5 in one session. He would have eaten even more but I didn’t allow because of all the sugar. I hope you find this Kaju Katri recipe useful and benefit from my mistake. 🙂
This post was last modified on April 23, 2019 5:57 pm