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1 November 2010 46 Comments

Exotic & healthy sweet recipe - Nuts delight

“What !! Exotic and healthy sweet, are you nuts!” is the reaction from a friend with sweet tooth.ย  More often we associate exotic foods with recipes which are rich, takes time to prepare and need loads of work outs on Treadmill to shed those extra calories & kilos they add to the unwanted areas ๐Ÿ™

Be it Malai Koftas, Ras Malai or an irresistible Black forest cake, they all bring in the same feeling of sheer indulgence.ย  Nutty Delights are exotic and healthy at the same time since it is made with cottage cheese and nuts. But you must keep a watch on the numbers ๐Ÿ™‚

Exotic & healthy sweet - Nuts delight

Ingredients;

(makes 25-30 pieces)

  • 200gms Pistachios
  • 250 gm Cashew nuts
  • 100 gm powder sugar or sugar free
  • 1/4 cup ofย  mixed nuts (cashew, raisins, walnuts, dried figs)
  • 1 tbsp of Honey
  • A few drops of food grade green color
  • 100 gm Binding agent

Binding Agent: You can mix concentrated milk (koya/mawa), cornflour powder, Ricotta cheese, cottage cheese or even Milkmaid to the paste made with cashew and pistachios. The dough should be pliable enough to knead or roll into desired shape.

I added Cottage cheese as the binding agent for these sweets. Check the recipe for how to make cottage cheese here.

Filling:

  • A few assorted nuts
  • A few figs and raisins
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp. of Poppy seeds

Exotic & healthy sweet - Nuts delight

Method: Soak almonds and pistachios in water for 20 minutes. Take out from water and peel the skin.Grind both the nuts separately with very little water and keep them aside.

Heat a skillet and put the cashew paste in it, fry it for a few minutes. Fry the pistachio paste also for a few minutes.

Add 50 gms of sugar in cashew and the rest 50 gms in the pistachio paste and mix thoroughly. Add a few drops of green color to the pistachio paste and knead it.

At this stage you can add any binding agent which you prefer, I added 50 gms each of Cottage cheese to both the paste of nuts. Dry fry the cottage cheese for a few seconds and take off the flames. Cool it and rub it lightly to remove any lumps in it.

Knead the nuts and cottage cheese paste for a few minutes till it becomes pliable and smooth.

For the Filling:

Make a coarse powder of assorted nuts, dice figs and raisins in small pieces. Mix it with honey and poppy seeds and keep it aside for the filling.

Exotic & healthy sweet - Nuts delight

Assembling the Nutty Delights;

Take a small ball of the pistachio paste, flatten it with your palm and put a teaspoon of nuts filling on to it. Close the sides and make a ball.

Take a small ball of cashew paste and flatten it on your palm. Put the green ball made with the pistachio paste and the nuts filling over it.

Exotic & healthy sweet - Nuts delight

Make a firm ball of cashew nuts paste as the outer cover and make all the ball in the similar manner.

Refrigerate all the balls in the fridge for a few hours.

Healthy Nutty delights

Take out the nutty balls from the fridge and cut them into half. Decorate each with silver foil and store them in an air tight container.

Notes;

  • The Nutty delights taste heavenly with the mawa (concentrated milk)ย  as the binding agent.
  • Refrigerating the nuts make them little firm to cut into two.
  • Try adding different colors and make these Nutty Delights.
  • These were a huge hits with my kids and the friends to whom I sent them as a gift pack during the festive season.
  • Just make sure you keep a check on the count in the box ๐Ÿ™‚ as these are going to disappear as soon as they are made.

 

 

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46 Comments »

  • Sharmilee said:

    Wow sure better than store bought ones…looks super yum

  • kamaljeet kaur said:

    looks very tempting……….thanx………

  • Priya Srinivasan said:

    That looks great!!!! Rich and Healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nishi said:

    Oh the sweets are so tempting and mouthwatering. Just lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  • vaishali said:

    yum !!yum!!yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!n v attractive too!!

  • SinfullySpicy said:

    This looks so festive..great job

  • Faith said:

    These are really beautiful! I love the nutty filling, it’s so pretty and adds such a nice tasty crunch!

  • Swathi said:

    Looks delicious.

  • FOODESSA said:

    I snack on a handful of a variety of nuts on a daily basis…hence, how do you think I received your treat today? ;o)

    Sanjeeta…interesting recipe as well as beautiful accompanying photos !

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  • anuradha mandapaka said:

    My choice of bnding is also cottage cheese, so I made fresh paneer and made these(trial batch). Going to make again for diwali, we call these nutty sandesh, healthy and sugarfree too, so they wont pile up on you..thanX for lovely recipe.

  • Priya said:

    Very cute and beautiful looking nutty delight..

  • Dimah said:

    Looks so pretty and yummy!

  • Nidhya said:

    Awesome and perfect for my sweet tooth.

    Aaha Oho

  • Apu said:

    Perfect for the festive season!!

  • Srimathi said:

    Hey, Such a cool idea. Paneer nut balls.

  • Chaitrali said:

    lovely sweet

  • Deepa said:

    I just loved ur nutty filling. The green color has actually made them look beautiful….Apt for the season..

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

  • nisha said:

    I like the whole look of that..with the green and nuts inside

  • kairali sisters said:

    wow Absolutely delicious sanjeeta…

  • rebecca said:

    oh these are so cute and look like fun to make ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective said:

    What a crazy looking little treat! I bet they taste amazing!

  • emily said:

    those look amazing and delicious! looks like a perfect treat for the upcoming holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Panchpakwan said:

    Wow so yuumy and nutty treat…

  • Prerna@IndianSimmer said:

    What gorgeous website and what great recipes! Being a munching machine that I am and after turning into a food blogger, something low cal and healthy is exactly what I wanted.
    Thanks for visiting my space and introducing me to yours!
    Keep up the good work!

  • torviewtoronto said:

    beautiful sweet
    delicious

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    That sounds delicious, I love nuts so it would be really difficult not to eat the whole batch at once!

  • pigpigscorner said:

    Healthy sweets? I’m in! Love the colour!

  • FoodieAnn said:

    wow…this look gorgeous….

  • El said:

    These look divine!

  • Reeni said:

    These look positively delicious! I love the technique you used to make them!

  • sangeeta said:

    Beautiful mithai .
    I make kaju and pista katli layered over each other , this one looks really exotic.

  • RV @ foodfor7stages said:

    It is finger-licking good. Just drooling over these nut katlis.

  • Mia said:

    Oh this is so delightful and absolutely impressive!!
    Sanjeeta, more than delighted to have a sweet ,that wont have me burning a few extra mins on the treadmill!:-)

  • sweetlife said:

    perfect for the holiday season, i love the color…

    sweetlife

  • deeba said:

    Those look festive and delicious…nice!!
    Happy Diwali S!

  • Treat and Trick said:

    So creative, you’ve turned these into very beautiful and healthy delight. Happy Diwali to you…

  • Sarah said:

    wow!! awesome..looks so delicious..

  • Soma said:

    Happy Diwali to you and your family.
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful treat.

  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    How beautiful!!!!!!! Please wrap some up and send them to me in the UK. They remind me of baklava, one of my all time favorite treats.
    *kisses* HH

  • lissie said:

    these mithais look absolutely divine! hope you had a wonderful Diwali…

  • Juliana said:

    Sanjeeta, these little treats are so cute, love the colors and of course they are healthy…nothing like combining yumminess with healhty food.

  • Karen said:

    These are so pretty and sound very tasty! Love the green color.

  • Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said:

    They look so amazing, I have never had these before. I think I would eat way too many ๐Ÿ™‚

  • torviewtoronto said:

    thank you for linking
    beautiful colourful dessert

  • swapna said:

    those are beautiful,delicious and yummy!!

  • Satya said:

    Love the idea of making sweet with nuts and they are so perfect from inside too… drooling…

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