How to make Vedanayagam Muttai - Cashew or chestnut candy

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Main Ingredients : Cashewnuts (काजू), Green Cardomom

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Desserts

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Vedanayagam  Muttai

The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

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Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Vedanayagam Muttai Recipe

  • Cashewnuts 225 grams

  • Green Cardomom 2

  • Hot Water 175 millilitres

  • Castor sugar (caster sugar) 110 grams

  • Rose water 2 teaspoons

  • Butter 60 grams

  • Oil to grease


Step 1

Peel chestnuts if using. Roast the chestnuts or cashew nuts in a hot oven or a pan until golden in colour. Chop them very finely or grind them coarsely in a grinder.

Step 2

Open cardamom pods, remove the seeds and discard the skins. Combine hot water and sugar in a pan over medium heat. Keep stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add rose water, butter and cardamom seeds and continue to boil to thick syrup.

Step 3

Remove pan from heat. Stir ground nuts into the thick syrup. Stir until the mixture holds together and starts to leave the sides of the pan. Place the mixture in a greased tray. Allow to cool and then cut them into squares. Serve warm or cold.