Sunday, 26 January 2014

Nuts Barfi


Barfi is an Indian Dessert. Its basically another word for an Indian sweet dish which can be made with many different kinds of ingredients eg milk, condensed milk, nuts (almonds/cashew nuts, pistachios), flours (wheat flour, rice flour, chicpea flour), paneer, khowa(solidified milk), coconut etc. It is cut into either squares, rectangles or even rounds. It can also be decorated with silver or golden edible metallic leaf called as Vark.


This recipe is a non conventional recipe for a nuts Barfi. Back home in India Kaju (Cashew) Barfi or Badam(Almond) Barfi is made in a different way. The nuts are first soaked in water and then they are ground into a finer paste. The Indian Almond/Badam Burfi is white in colour, as the Almonds are soaked and peeled but I buy the Almond powder with the skin on. I feel its more healthier and a bit more nuttier. I am going to show you my easier and of course tastier version of a mixed Nuts Barfi.


Here is what you will need:

200 gms of powdered nuts (I took a mixture of half almonds(with skin on) and half hazelnuts)
120 gms powdered brown sugar
50 ml water
1 tbsp Ghee/Butter
3-4 pcs of green Cardamom, powdered
2 tbsp of chopped pistachios to garnish.

Method:

1. First of all take a small plate and grease it with few drops of ghee.
2. Take a small bowl which should be flat from the bottom, grease it as well and keep it aside.
3. Now heat a heavy bottom pan, on a medium heat add the sugar and water to the pan, let the sugar turn into a sugar syrup and dissolve well.
4. Now add the nuts and ghee to the pan, mix the mixture well and keep stirring it. Add the cardamom powder as well.
5. Keep stirring the mixture and after about 2-3 minutes you will feel and see that the mixture will start coming together, ie. the sugar will slowly start to solidify and the mixture will start to come like a whole mass and will stick to the ladle.
6. This is when you close the heat and transfer the mixture on the greased plate.
7. Sprinkle the pistachios on the mixture and with the help of the greased bowl, press the whole mixture and make it flat.
8. Let it cool down for about 10 minutes and then cut it into small squares.
9. Serve it as a Dessert or even with tee.

They also make a great snack for before and after your gym workout because of the nuts or wrap them into small boxes as gifts. Its a great winter dish to prepare for that sweet tooth in the winter months. My students call them "Berg Stängel" ie. Berg: Mountains Stängel: Sticks, ie. sticks to take to the mountians in the winter months.



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