Friday, August 19, 2016

Posted by Mala at 1:30:00 AM 2 comments
This is the special recipe of my niece...have eaten it many a times whenever she made fact, we can call it a fool proof recipe...nothing goes healthy, very less sugar and less ghee, but still, the burfi melts in your mouth, with the flavor of saffron and cardamom powder still lingering in your mouth and kindling your taste buds, coaxing you to eat one more......
These burfis have the natural color of the highly priced spice in the world wide culinary market...."Saffron"........which protects against cancer, promotes memory and learning retention, increases vitality and  protects against, with all these benefits, this culinary treasure has to be used, though it is quite expensive, and we must avoid artificial food colors.
Recently, I made these burfis for my cousin brother's daughter's engagement, and these burfis were one among the other trousseau plates,were gobbled up in no time....... and  won lot of accolades!!!

Almonds / badam - 1 1/4 cups, soaked in hot water for 2-3 hours.(ground paste came to 1 cup)
Sugar - 2 cups
Ghee - 1 cup
Saffron strands - 1 tsp
Cardamom powder - 3/4 tsp
Pistachio pieces - 1 1/2 tsps

Recipe cuisine: South/North; Category: Sweets/ desserts
Prep time: Soaking - 2 hours; Cooking time: 45 mts; 

The ratio is Ground paste 1:Sugar 1:Ghee 1/2

Yields 40 burfis

Skins removed of the soaked badam; then ground to a fine paste, just adding water, as minimum as possible. Using water (and not milk)  is to increase the shelf life of the burfis. The ground paste measured 2 cups, that's why sugar is also 2 cups. So, the ratio is ground paste 1 cup : Sugar 1 cup

Saffron strands soaked in warm water; 2 cups sugar measured and taken in a pan.

Cardamom powder added to the ground paste and kept ready

1/2 cup water added to sugar. Set to boil, no need any string consistency. The sugar has to melt, that's all. Saffron strands also added

Measure 1 cup ghee and keep it handy. When the sugar melts fully, add the ground paste along with cardamom powder, flames always on the lowest, keep on stirring. 2 tbsps of ghee to be added now and then. Various stages of the burfi mixture shown below.

A plate, greased with a dash of ghee; also a dabara or a flat bottomed cup to be greased to level the burfi, after it is poured

Picture below shows the various stages of the burfi, clicked once in 10-15 minutes, and the last picture on top extreme left,  shows the mixture becoming a lumpy mass, leaving the sides, without sticking at the bottom,  and also white froth appearing, first around the corners, and then ,  all over. This is the final stage...we have to be careful. If you keep on stirring, there is a chance of the burfis becoming like hard.....By now, little by little, one cup of ghee has been poured in.

Burfi mixture poured, levelled, let to rest for 15-20 minutes, by then it would have solidified a bit, cut into desired shape, and embed pistachio pieces in the center of each burfi. Now, leave the burfi alone, forget it, and be patient!!! 
In the words of  Sadguru Saibaba, what every human being needs in each stage of life is "Shraddha & Saburi"....that is, perseverance and our everyday cooking also it is I right???

After they cool down, cut and remove. Corner pieces kept separately, and the full sqaure ones kept to adorn the plate.

This is how they were decorated!!!

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* The badams can be soaked over night also, if you are planning to make it in the early morning.
*Many people add milk to grind, but remember, then burfis have less shelf life and care has to be taken to refrigerate them at once.
*I am always against adding artificial food colors, if you don't mind, you are welcome to add kesar (orange) color.
* This is a very very mild burfi, like a katli, if you need more sweet, you can increase the sugar level.
*The  whole thing can be simply summarized  like this: You can take any amount of  badams. It is the ground paste the  measurement of which counts. If the ground paste is 1 cup (any cup, glass, US measurement , stainless steel tumbler, or a ceramic mug), sugar is 1 cup with the same one,  with which you measured the ground paste and it is 1/2 of the same  measure   ghee. Is it a bit confusing??? 
 Here is the simple  ratio :
Badam paste:sugar:ghee = 1:1:1/2

Please check my glossary for any unknown terms.


  1. Nothing can be narrated so extensively step by step like this badam burfi. I think you can not go wrong if you follow theses steps to the T. Wow!! Needless to add, the platter is rich, resplendent-and scrumptious!! I gleefully add that I made the traditional Tamil sweet Therettipal of yours and it was a huge success and next on my list is this bountiful badam burfi Thank you.


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