Monday, 25 March 2013

Almond Barfi - An Indian sweet with powdered milk and almonds

These almond barfis were made by my husband as a surprise for me mother’s day.  He adapted my recipe for chocolate barfis and came up with these delicious almond barfis. They were really delicious and easy to make. If he can make them - anyone can!! (BTW: more recipes to come from him later this week!!)

Here's the recipe as written by him with step by step pictures:

Ingredients for about 20 slices

3 cups of full cream milk powder
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of ground almonds
½ cup almond halves
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
2-3 pinches of saffron
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)


1.  Add three quarter cup of water to the sugar and slowly bring to boil until the sugar has melted.  This should take under 10 minutes on a high.

2.  Once the sugar and water mixture starts to feel sticky (Don't allow it to become stringy or stiff); add the milk powder to the sugar mixture and stir.  

3.  Mix well and once mixed, lower the heat.  Add the saffron and cardomom powder now and stir it in. ( Soak the saffron in two tablespoons of milk for 5-6 minutes as this gives the barfi the flavour and the colour).

4.  Add the ground almonds and ghee.  Cook this mixture on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes and take it off the heat.  

5. It may feel a bit soft but will settle and become firm once it cools.

6.  Grease a dish with some oil and turn the barfi mixture onto the dish.  Spread the mixture using the back of a spoon and smoothen it. Garnish it with almond halves.

7 .  Allow this mixture to cool until it solidifies.   

8.  Once the barfi has cooled, cut it into squares or diamonds and it’s ready to eat.  Any left over barfis should be kept in an air tight container and should be fine for a week.

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