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Just a couple days ago, a friend shared a message with me on Whatsapp that was full of festive recipes and easy ways to burn the calories gained by eating them. Since I am not selfish, I will share the recipes and the easy and fun workouts to burn the calories to stay happy and stay fit.
One of the most gifted items of Diwali is dry fruits, which is packed with lots and lots of cashew nuts. Cashew nuts are great in taste and are packed with nutrients. If you are wondering what to do with all the cashew nuts you have received in the Diwali gifts, here is a fun and easy recipe to easily use a lot of cashew nuts
1 cup cashew nuts
1/2 cup sugar or as required
5 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon ghee (optional)
1 teaspoon chopped rose petals (optional) or rose water or 8-9 strands of saffron
Grind the cashew nuts in a grinder to make a cashew meal.
The cashews should be in fine powder form and not become pasty or oily.
Heat sugar and water in a thick bottomed or non-stick pan or kadhai on a low flame.
Grease a plate or a tray and keep aside or cut the butter papers desired shape and keep them ready.
Let the sugar dissolve in the water and add the cashew powder
There is no hard and fast way of making the sugar syrup like one string or two string. Just dissolve the sugar completely in the water and then proceed to the next step.
Keep on stirring the cashew mixture in the sugar syrup on a low flame.
The cashew mixture would start thickening.
Cook the cashew mixture for around 7-10 minutes till the whole mixture starts to come together and forming a loose dough.
Remove the loose dough or the lump of the mixture from the pan and place it in a bowl or plate.
Add the rose petals and ghee or oil to the cashew mixture.
Knead the cashew mixture with hands, when the heat reduces to a tolerable level.
Pour the dough on the graced plates or tray and flatten it.
Place a butter paper on top and then using a rolling pin, gently roll the dough from all sides making a 3-5 mm thick layer of the cashew dough.
Remove the butter paper and let the rolled cashew dough cool.
When it cools off completely, using a sharp knife or a flat spatula, cut the cashew dough giving square or diamond shapes.
Gently remove the kaju katli with a butter knife.
You can add a pice of broken cashew nut, saffron strand, or silver foil to it as a garnish.
Serve the kaju katli straight away or store it in an air tight container.
Cashew Nuts: Cashew nuts are warm in nature thus they help to keep the body warm from inside in winters.
Silver Foil: The silver foil provides the body with required amount of silver (yes our body needs silver as much inside as much as it is needed outside)
Ghee: Ghee is a great way to fulfil the quota of good fat required by the body to keep the joints functioning properly and without any friction. It also moisturizes our body from inside thus giving our skin a glow and adding shine to our dry and dull skin and hair.
One piece of kaju katli contains 58 calories.
Run for 3 minutes at the speed of 16 km/hour. What ? One piece of kajukalti in exchange of 3 minutes of running! That’s easier than I thought. I will probably pack a handful of kaju katli with me in my bag and go for a jog. When I return, I would have enjoyed lots and lots of kaju katli without adding any extra fat to my body! Life can’t get any better!
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