How to make Vedanayagam Muttai -

Cashew or chestnut candy

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Cashewnuts (काजू), Green Cardomom

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Desserts

Vedanayagam  Muttai

Vedanayagam Muttai Recipe Card


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.

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.

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