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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pista Burfi / Barfi / Pistachio Fudge - Cheers To New Beginnings!!

“We prayed for this child and the Lord has granted us what we asked of Him.”  – I Samuel 1:27

My dear readers, this festive season we have a big announcement to make! God has blessed us with a beautiful baby girl on November 5th, 2012. We are currently enjoying this beautiful phase of bonding as a family and are in awe of this wonderful creation of God! We can't thank Him enough for this lovely blessing!


As you know, in India it is customary to serve sweets to guests who drop in to congratulate the new parents. While it is Jalebi in Mangalore, in Mumbai it's the Barfi/Burfi that makes its appearance on the arrival of a baby girl. 


This particular recipe is our way of reaching out to our readers with the sweet news. Also, for this lovely festival of lights, Diwali, it is the perfect sweet to be served to your loved ones. So we hope you try this recipe and enjoy it just as much as we did


Happy Diwali!!!

Pista Burfi / Pistachio Fudge
Prep time: 5mins | Cook time: 15mins | Yield 14 medium sized squares

You Need:
  • 1-1/2 cups (200gm) shelled unsalted pistachios/pista
  • 3/4th cup (150gm) granulated sugar * see notes
  • 3/4th cup (180ml) water
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 3 tbsp full fat milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder (or about 5-6 whole pods powdered)
  • silver/chandi ka varq as required (or use grated coconut/almond slivers to decorate)
  • 2-3 drops of green food colouring (optional - I did not use any)
Method:
1. Carefully sort the shelled pista - ensure that there are no bad ones or broken pieces of shell remaining.
2. Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pan/kadhai and add the pista, roast for 1 minute, remove and allow to cool completely. When completely cooled, transfer the pista into a dry grinding jar and pulse for a few seconds at a time - until the pista turns into a crumbly powder that resembles bread crumbs. Do not grind too much as the oils will get released turning the mixture into a paste.
3. Transfer the pista powder into a large bowl and add the powdered cardamoms and milk powder and mix well.
4. Prepare the sugar syrup by cooking the water and sugar in a heavy bottomed kadhai on a medium high flame. Stir until the solution reduces a little and begins to bubble a lot. When it has reached a 1-1/2 thread consistency, remove from the fire and add the pistachio powder and mix quickly and thoroughly, it will come together like a ball.
5. Transfer this ball onto a clean surface and allow to cool for a few minutes till you are ready to give it a quick knead and form it into a smooth ball.
6. Using a rolling pin roll this ball onto a clean surface/back of a heavy plate. Preferablly roll into the shape of a perfect square so that there is no wastage at the edges.
7. Carefully invert the silver varq onto the flattened surface and gently run a knife along the burfi to make the desired shape (square or diamond). Allow to cool completely before cutting out the shapes.
8. Store in an airtight container.

Notes:
How to achieve one and a half thread consistency - Take a drop of sugar syrup and press it lightly between your thumb and index finger. It should be sticky enough to form a proper thread and another broken one between the two fingers. This will take some practice especially since the sugar syrup will be boiling hot.
To speed up the process of making the sugar syrup you can powder the sugar after measuring it. This will help it dissolve faster into the water and come to a boil.


Recipe Source: Maayeka.blogspot.in

31 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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  2. burfi looks awesome! And superb clicks! The colour looks too good. good you did not use any food colour. Perfect squares!Happy Diwali! I am sure this Diwali will be more fun :)

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  3. I am soooooooooo thrilled for you! Hugs and kisses to the lil baby girl! I can't wait to meet her. Love ya!

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  4. Perfectly made looks yumm n slurppyy

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  5. Congratulations Shireen :) May god bless the lil one.

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  6. Congratulations. I can quite understand how you feel in a different sort of way. My daughter had a baby girl too a fortnight ago. Such a joy. All happiness to you too.

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  7. Congrats Shireen!! God bless the little angel.

    Regards
    Sunita

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  8. Congratulations to you and your family. Wishing you all a happy journey of togetherness ahead. Happy Diwali.
    Zany

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  9. Congratulations dear,

    The greatest gift one can receive and that too in the form of a beautiful baby girl.

    Enjoy this beautiful phase once again.

    Love and good wishes,

    Oycie (Kuwait)

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  10. Beautiful clicks and a yummy burfi and Congrats on the arrival of a sweet angel... Enjoy motherhood...

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  11. They look so very pretty and mouthwatering. Loved the pics.

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  12. Congrats on ur bundle of joy Shireen, take care of ur health.

    Pista burfi, stunning beauties,prefect to the core.

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  13. Congratulations!!!! God bless ur family with loads of happiness. I am suprised even with the new born baby u managed to post a recipe. Amazing Shireen.
    Love
    Lavina sequeira

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  14. Congratulations! on you being a proud mother of a baby girl.
    Lots of love,
    Bernadine

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  15. Congratulations Shireen! May all of you, especially your baby girl, be bless abundantly! Thank you for the excellent recipes you share with all of us.

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  16. Congrats on the lil pistachio born. May her life be as sweet as the burfi u have made. These look delicious. Have to try my hand at it.

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  17. Congratulations Shireen,

    Wonderful news.

    Congratulations to you and Roshan.......May God Bless your lil princess abundantly. Wishing you all the happiness in the world and dont forget to look after yourself .

    Love,

    Carol

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  18. Thanks everyone for your lovely wishes!! Hugs!

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  19. Congratulations Shireen. Stay blessed stay healthy.
    The burfi looks perfect...

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  20. Heartiest Congratulations Shireen ! Loads of love and wishes to the bundle of joy and do take care. Hugs

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  21. Thats great news Shireen!!! May God bless the baby and the mother with good health. May he shower his choicest blessings on your little one.

    Regards,
    Doreen

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  22. Hi Doreen, thanks a ton for your good wishes!! It feels really special when I receive such lovely comments. Thanks for your love n warmth! Take care, hugs!!

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  23. Congratulations to your family Shireen on another bundle of joy. Wishing health and happiness

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  24. Congratulations Shireen, Enjoy this beautiful phase of life. Girls are a treasure indeed!!
    Take care and God bless your little angels.
    Zenia

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  25. Congrats to you n ur family on the arrival of the l'll princess. God Bless!!

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  26. Congratulations !!
    the burfi looks amazing! i love the clicks

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  27. very nice recipe...mouthwatering

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  28. Praise the Lord for answering your prayer, by giving you a wonderful princes, Those who put their trust in the Lord shall never be ashamed. I will try to make burfi great.

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  29. @ Thanks everyone for your wishes :)
    @ Priscilla: Thanks a lot for your good wishes :) Pls do try & let me know if you liked it!

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  30. Hello Shireen, I made the pistachio burfi. It turned out perfect. Thank you for great directions.

    I love browsing through your blog--Ruchik Randhap. It reminds me of my mom (Beatrice Noronha)'s cooking.

    Thanks for a very authentic Mangalorean blog!!

    Miriam Lobo

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pista Burfi / Barfi / Pistachio Fudge - Cheers To New Beginnings!!

“We prayed for this child and the Lord has granted us what we asked of Him.”  – I Samuel 1:27

My dear readers, this festive season we have a big announcement to make! God has blessed us with a beautiful baby girl on November 5th, 2012. We are currently enjoying this beautiful phase of bonding as a family and are in awe of this wonderful creation of God! We can't thank Him enough for this lovely blessing!


As you know, in India it is customary to serve sweets to guests who drop in to congratulate the new parents. While it is Jalebi in Mangalore, in Mumbai it's the Barfi/Burfi that makes its appearance on the arrival of a baby girl. 


This particular recipe is our way of reaching out to our readers with the sweet news. Also, for this lovely festival of lights, Diwali, it is the perfect sweet to be served to your loved ones. So we hope you try this recipe and enjoy it just as much as we did


Happy Diwali!!!

Pista Burfi / Pistachio Fudge
Prep time: 5mins | Cook time: 15mins | Yield 14 medium sized squares

You Need:
  • 1-1/2 cups (200gm) shelled unsalted pistachios/pista
  • 3/4th cup (150gm) granulated sugar * see notes
  • 3/4th cup (180ml) water
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 3 tbsp full fat milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder (or about 5-6 whole pods powdered)
  • silver/chandi ka varq as required (or use grated coconut/almond slivers to decorate)
  • 2-3 drops of green food colouring (optional - I did not use any)
Method:
1. Carefully sort the shelled pista - ensure that there are no bad ones or broken pieces of shell remaining.
2. Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pan/kadhai and add the pista, roast for 1 minute, remove and allow to cool completely. When completely cooled, transfer the pista into a dry grinding jar and pulse for a few seconds at a time - until the pista turns into a crumbly powder that resembles bread crumbs. Do not grind too much as the oils will get released turning the mixture into a paste.
3. Transfer the pista powder into a large bowl and add the powdered cardamoms and milk powder and mix well.
4. Prepare the sugar syrup by cooking the water and sugar in a heavy bottomed kadhai on a medium high flame. Stir until the solution reduces a little and begins to bubble a lot. When it has reached a 1-1/2 thread consistency, remove from the fire and add the pistachio powder and mix quickly and thoroughly, it will come together like a ball.
5. Transfer this ball onto a clean surface and allow to cool for a few minutes till you are ready to give it a quick knead and form it into a smooth ball.
6. Using a rolling pin roll this ball onto a clean surface/back of a heavy plate. Preferablly roll into the shape of a perfect square so that there is no wastage at the edges.
7. Carefully invert the silver varq onto the flattened surface and gently run a knife along the burfi to make the desired shape (square or diamond). Allow to cool completely before cutting out the shapes.
8. Store in an airtight container.

Notes:
How to achieve one and a half thread consistency - Take a drop of sugar syrup and press it lightly between your thumb and index finger. It should be sticky enough to form a proper thread and another broken one between the two fingers. This will take some practice especially since the sugar syrup will be boiling hot.
To speed up the process of making the sugar syrup you can powder the sugar after measuring it. This will help it dissolve faster into the water and come to a boil.


Recipe Source: Maayeka.blogspot.in

31 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  2. burfi looks awesome! And superb clicks! The colour looks too good. good you did not use any food colour. Perfect squares!Happy Diwali! I am sure this Diwali will be more fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am soooooooooo thrilled for you! Hugs and kisses to the lil baby girl! I can't wait to meet her. Love ya!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Perfectly made looks yumm n slurppyy

    ReplyDelete
  5. Congratulations Shireen :) May god bless the lil one.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congratulations. I can quite understand how you feel in a different sort of way. My daughter had a baby girl too a fortnight ago. Such a joy. All happiness to you too.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congrats Shireen!! God bless the little angel.

    Regards
    Sunita

    ReplyDelete
  8. Congratulations to you and your family. Wishing you all a happy journey of togetherness ahead. Happy Diwali.
    Zany

    ReplyDelete
  9. Congratulations dear,

    The greatest gift one can receive and that too in the form of a beautiful baby girl.

    Enjoy this beautiful phase once again.

    Love and good wishes,

    Oycie (Kuwait)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful clicks and a yummy burfi and Congrats on the arrival of a sweet angel... Enjoy motherhood...

    ReplyDelete
  11. They look so very pretty and mouthwatering. Loved the pics.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Congrats on ur bundle of joy Shireen, take care of ur health.

    Pista burfi, stunning beauties,prefect to the core.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Congratulations!!!! God bless ur family with loads of happiness. I am suprised even with the new born baby u managed to post a recipe. Amazing Shireen.
    Love
    Lavina sequeira

    ReplyDelete
  14. Congratulations! on you being a proud mother of a baby girl.
    Lots of love,
    Bernadine

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congratulations Shireen! May all of you, especially your baby girl, be bless abundantly! Thank you for the excellent recipes you share with all of us.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Congrats on the lil pistachio born. May her life be as sweet as the burfi u have made. These look delicious. Have to try my hand at it.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Congratulations Shireen,

    Wonderful news.

    Congratulations to you and Roshan.......May God Bless your lil princess abundantly. Wishing you all the happiness in the world and dont forget to look after yourself .

    Love,

    Carol

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks everyone for your lovely wishes!! Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Congratulations Shireen. Stay blessed stay healthy.
    The burfi looks perfect...

    ReplyDelete
  20. Heartiest Congratulations Shireen ! Loads of love and wishes to the bundle of joy and do take care. Hugs

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thats great news Shireen!!! May God bless the baby and the mother with good health. May he shower his choicest blessings on your little one.

    Regards,
    Doreen

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Doreen, thanks a ton for your good wishes!! It feels really special when I receive such lovely comments. Thanks for your love n warmth! Take care, hugs!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Congratulations to your family Shireen on another bundle of joy. Wishing health and happiness

    ReplyDelete
  24. Congratulations Shireen, Enjoy this beautiful phase of life. Girls are a treasure indeed!!
    Take care and God bless your little angels.
    Zenia

    ReplyDelete
  25. Congrats to you n ur family on the arrival of the l'll princess. God Bless!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Congratulations !!
    the burfi looks amazing! i love the clicks

    ReplyDelete
  27. very nice recipe...mouthwatering

    ReplyDelete
  28. Praise the Lord for answering your prayer, by giving you a wonderful princes, Those who put their trust in the Lord shall never be ashamed. I will try to make burfi great.

    ReplyDelete
  29. @ Thanks everyone for your wishes :)
    @ Priscilla: Thanks a lot for your good wishes :) Pls do try & let me know if you liked it!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hello Shireen, I made the pistachio burfi. It turned out perfect. Thank you for great directions.

    I love browsing through your blog--Ruchik Randhap. It reminds me of my mom (Beatrice Noronha)'s cooking.

    Thanks for a very authentic Mangalorean blog!!

    Miriam Lobo

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)