Haldiram’s Vs. Bikanervala – The Tastier Kaju Katli

Haldiram’s Vs. Bikanervala – The Tastier Kaju Katli

We tried kaju katli, everyone’s favorite during Diwali, from two popular chains in India for this festive season. Who is it going to be? Haldiram’s Vs Bikanervala – The better Kaju Katli is from…

Diwali, especially in the Northern belt, is synonymous with Kaju Katli (काजू कतली). This evergreen diamond-shaped barfi is a hot selling item in almost every shop selling mithais. Made using cashews (Kaju) and sugar, kaju katli or kaju barfi is coated with varq (edible silver leaf).

As we all gear up for the festive season, nothing excited us more than the kaju katli we were about to gorge on. We picked Kaju Katlis from two popular chains in India that are famous for their namkeens and sweets, amongst other things – Haldiram’s and Bikanervala. After a very delicious tasting session, we chose Bikanervala Kaju Katli as our Top Pick. Here’s why!

Bikanervala Kaju Katli vs Haldiram’s Kaju Katli: Quick Comparison

kaju katli comparison
Haldiram’s (L) Vs Bikanervala (R) – The Tastier Kaju Katli

Parameters

Haldiram’s Kaaju Katli 

Bikanervala Kaaju Katli

Price

Rs 470/- Rs 483/-
 Net weight 500 grams 500 grams
   Appearance    
  • Medium sized
  • Diamond shaped
  • Medium thickness
  • Small sized
  • Diamond shaped
  • Medium thickness
Texture Dry Soft
 Sweetness Oversweet Balanced

Mishry Top Pick – Bikanervala Kaju Katli

bikanervala kaju katli
Bikanervala Kaju Katli

The Bikanervala Kaju Katli is tastier, has a better texture and the sweetness levels were balanced as well.

MRP – Rs 483/-*

Net weight – 500 grams

*Price at the time of review

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Why Bikanervala Kaju Katli is our Top Pick?

Kaju Katlis, in general, are supposed to be small, fairly thin, and shaped like a diamond. The cashew flavor should not be lost due to a sugar overload. The ideal texture of a Kaju katli should be soft and the coarseness of Kaju should not be felt.

The Bikanervala Kaju Katli was chosen as our Top Pick because it was much tastier, had balanced sweetness, and had a softer texture.

These comparatively small sized, kaju katlis had balanced levels of sweetness because of which the cashew flavor remained intact.

We could not feel the graininess/coarseness of the powdered cashews which enhanced the overall experience by a considerable margin.

The uniform varq on these kaju katlis indicated a soft, favorable texture of the mithai.

 

bikanervala kaju katli - diamond shaped
Bikanervala Kaju Katli – Our Top Pick

 

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Haldiram’s Gulab Jamun

Why Did Haldiram’s Kaju Katli Not Win?

Priced at Rs 470/- (with taxes) for a 500 gram (1/2 kg) box, the Haldiram’s mithai did not fare too well in our review. The Haldiram’s Kaju Katli lagged due to two simple reasons. The sweetness levels were overbearing and due to that, the cashew flavor diminished. Not only that, the texture of the kaju katli was extremely dry, and due to that, the feel and look of the sweet suffered. The varq appeared cracked and not smooth, unlike our Top Pick.

 

haldiram kaju katli
Haldiram’s Kaju Katli

 

Haldirams’ vs Bikanervala Kaju Katli: An In-depth Comparison

Our Review Process – Contenders, Parameters and How We Reviewed?

 

1. The Contenders

We chose two chain mithai-giants in India that are spread across India and have shown its presence internationally as well. Both our contenders fit the bill perfectly –

 

  • Haldiram’s
  • Bikanervala

 

haldiram and bikanervala kaju katli sweet box
Haldiram’s Vs Bikanervala – The tastier kaju katli

 

2. Parameters

As a list of ingredients was not mentioned on any of the boxes, it could not be considered as a parameter. So we did not know how much percentage of cashews were used, how much and what type of sugar was added, or if these had any other ingredients. We also did not consider the packaging as it keeps changing according to the festive season.

For our tastiest kaju katli review, we decided on two broad parameters.

 

2.1 Texture

We wanted to check if the kaju katli is dry or soft. Was the texture grainy or smooth? How was the look of the varq? Did the varq crack due to the dryness?

2.2 Taste

Indian sweets are supposed to be a sugar feast! But, the sugar can get a bit overwhelming sometimes and ruin the overall flavor of the key ingredient. In this case, it was the cashews. We wanted to gauge, how balanced or overpowering was the sweetness, and did it kill the cashew flavor in the mithai?

Want to know what sweets or dessert can make your diwali enjoyment blended with sweetness? Read on about list of sweets and desserts you can make this Diwali.

 

3. How We Reviewed 

This was an extremely delicious tasting session and we couldn’t help but reminisce our own Diwali times as a child, where we didn’t count calories or sugar intake and just gobbled kilos of mithai without thinking twice.

We conducted a blind tasting session where none of the reviewers knew which brand’s kaju katli were they tasting. After multiple side-by-side tasting sessions, we came to our conclusion.

Final Words

Results Of The Face-Off – Haldiram’s Vs Bikanervala

After gauging all the parameters and looking for minute differentiators, Bikanervala Kaju Katli emerged as our Top Pick. Let us know which taste best to you in our comment section below.

 

Bikanervala Kaju Katli sweet box
Bikanervala Kaju Katli – Top Pick

 

 

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