Whether be Diwali or Holi, sweets are an integral part of Indian traditions. During festive months Indian markets are overflowing with yummy and delicious sweets/mithais. Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite mithai – Kaju Pista Roll. As a kid this sweet was a must have during festive months. The tradition still continues in my family and I try to make it once every year. This year I am making it for Raksha Bandhan.
The name itself explains the recipe, kaju pista roll – meaning sweetened cashews and pistachios mixture flavored with rose water are rolled together to form this delicacy! Yum and D-licious! My mom’s way of making these rolls was to roast the kaju powder and pista powder separately, in lots of ghee. Well that what brings out the actual flavor and aroma in these rolls. Over the years I have tried to replicate these rolls, researched and came up with a healthy way of preparing Kaju-pista roll with minimal or no ghee at all; without compromising the taste and texture of these rolls.
A straight forward recipe, just follow few steps.
- Grind the nuts to a fine powdered form.
- After adding kaju/pista powder to the syrup, stir it continuously and make sure no lumps remain.
- As soon as you add milk-mawa powder, take it off the flame. Mixture will become firm.
- Knead the dough till it becomes smooth.
- Milk-mawa powder is the powdered form of mawa.
- Instead of rose water kewra essence or any other essence can be added
- Rolling is easy. Either you can roll the way I have shown below or you can make a long roll of pista dough. Place it at one end of the kaju dough and start rolling.