Soaking time: 30 minutes
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 14 mins
Makes 9 pieces
1 cup pistachios
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
2 to 3 drops of green food colour (optional)
Soak the pistachios in enough warm water in a bowl for about 30 minutes.
Drain all the water, peel the pistachios and blend them in a mixer into a fine paste. Keep aside.
Combine the sugar and ½ cup of water in a broad non-stick pan and cook on a medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes or till the syrup is of 1 string consistency, while stirring occasionally.
Add the pista paste, mix well and cook on a slow flame for approx. 5 to 7 minutes or till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan, while stirring continuously.
Transfer the mixture on a greased 150 mm. (6”) diameter plate and spread it evenly using a flat spoon. Keep aside to set for 1 hour.
Cut into 9 equal square pieces.
Serve immediately or store at room temperature in an air-tight container.