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« on: December 26, 2006, 03:51:55 am »

Barfis are a kind of dessert, very much a milk product, popular in Afghanistan's neighbor, Pakistan.  Commercial barfis are not health foods and are high in calories.  But if you prepare it at home, it could be more healthy.  Try out the following recipe.

Ingredients:

Seeds of 4-5 Small Cardamoms
4 cups of Powdered Milk
2 cups of Sugar
2 tbsp. butter or cooking oil
Evaporated Milk
cup of Water

Method:

1) In the powdered milk add enough evaporated milk to knead it into a hard dough. Roll it up into a hard ball and keep it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.

2) Then take it out and grate it with a coarse grater. In a pot heat the oil and add the cardamom seeds, grated milk, sugar and water and cook on low heat and keep stirring till the water has dried and it starts to come together and leaves the sides of the pot.

3) Add a few drops of kevera essence(optional) and set in a flat dish. When cool cut into pieces.

 

Source: Diary of a Homemaker
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2010, 06:30:05 am »

hey folks, i know lots of u have been looking this up.  I've found an easier recipe for it.  Simply use full cream milk or half & half.  Half & half would be best.  Put it on simmer with half tsp cardamom powder or few cardamom seeds and allow it to evaporate, stirring periodically so it doesn't catch from the base.  Use a thick based container.  If you're using about 1 liter of half and half, it should thicken in 30 to 40 minutes.  As it thickens, its color changes.  It turns a little beige in color.  When pretty thick, add add sugar and few drops of kewra essence.  If you wanna add few strands of saffron, that would be lovely!  Keep stirring the evaporated milk till really thick, almost solid.  Spread it on a dish, sprinkle with blanched and sliced almonds & pistachios, and refrigerate for 4 or 5 hours.  If you can refrigerate it overnight, still better.  When you bring it out of the fridge, cut into squares or diamonds as shown in the pic.  A friend of mine prepared it this way and I tasted it.  It was delicious!  She said that powdered milk can never have the same class as fresh milk. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2010, 07:02:24 am »

wow!  the second recipe seems better.  I recall, a friend of mine used to make the dessert called gulab jamon in this method, I mean this is how she acquired the evaporated milk to make those gulab jamon rounds, deep fried them and then dipped them in thick syrup.  Of course, for this u don't need to add sugar in the evaporated milk, instead its dipped in syrup.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2010, 02:58:58 am »

This is fantastic dessert.  In Pakistan there's no need to make it at home b'coz u can get great milk burfis in sweet shops.  But for those living in other countries may need to know how to prepare it at home. 

Regarding your second recipe, sis, professionally I think yr friend missed out one step though probably not a very important step.  My mom has made burfi at home many times.  Here's how she makes it.

1) First put the full cream milk (u r right, half 'n' half wud be better) in a thick based container and on simmer until it evaporates and turns almost solid. 

2) Then cool a bit, and put this solid evaporated milk in another thick based container.  Add sugar to it according to your taste.  Then cook it on medium to low heat stirring constantly until the sugar is absorbed and the mixture is quite dry. 

3) Next step, take half cup full cream milk with pinch of saffron and quarter tsp cardamom powder or few cardamom seeds.  Heat it for approx. 40 seconds in the microwave.  Add it to the solid evaporated milk.  Also add a little butter to it.  Keep stirring on medium to low heat for a little while longer until the liquid milk is absorbed and the mixture looks dry & moist. 

4) Next step, spread it evenly on a flat, slightly greased, plate and cool.  Don't put it in the fridge immediately.  Let it cool at room temperature for about 1 hour.  Then put it in the fridge for another 2 hrs.  Now take it out of the fridge, cut into squares or diamonds, decorate the pieces with almond or pistachio slices.

5) Final step, enjoy eating!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2010, 03:08:05 am »

hmmm ,, ok ,, so the step that's missing in my friend's method is the half cup milk.  Btw, she also added a little butter which I forgot to mention.  Would any of u know if there's really a whole lot of difference between preparing solid evaporated milk using fresh full cream milk and using powdered milk?  Isn't good quality powdered milk the same as evaporated milk prepared at home with fresh milk and far more time saving too?
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2010, 06:45:06 am »

I guess solid evaporated milk prepared with fresh milk is the best.  However, if u can find good quality full cream milk powder, that sounds good too.  And considering the fact that it will save so much time as compared to preparing solid evaporated milk with fresh milk at home, I think it would be worth it.  Try it with a small quanity of powdered milk first, using your first recipe on this thread.  Tell us how it turns out.  Unless one doesn't try out a recipe, the outcome will always remain a mystery.  From what I see, your first recipe and sister Rose's recipe from her mom is exactly the same except that your one uses powdered milk.  So don't worry, sis.  Go ahead and try it as it's easiest for you. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2010, 07:30:21 am »

hmmmm, correct.  Unless one doesn't try out a recipe, the results can only be speculated.  And yes, I think I'll experiment it using much reduced quantitites of ingredients.  Hope it turns out good otherwise my kids are gonna be disappointed.  They're always so expectant when I'm preparing some unique homemade goodie  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2010, 11:48:51 am »

I'll tell u what.  The day u decide to experiment the barfi, keep plenty of other goodies for the kids.  My ones also become very inquisitive when I'm making something nice and I'm flooded with questions such as "what r u making? what's it called?  Is it sweet stuff?  when will it be ready?" and so on.  And I say to myself, "OMG, if my experiment fails, the kids will be so disappointed."  So, on such days I bring home a big cream cake, a dozen brownies and plenty of popcorn.   All this makes them forget what I'm cooking in the kitchen.  Even if the new recipe is a failure, it's not much of a disappointment for them Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2010, 08:58:46 am »

hey folks, say "bravo!"  I finally got to make the barfi with powdered milk recipe.  It turned out pretty fantastic.  I guess, I could even pass it off as fudge  Grin  The kids enjoyed it a lot.  Next time, InshAllah, I can make more in quantity.  Feel more brave now ..  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2010, 04:31:45 am »

Hurray!!!!!  Thumbsup   Mabrook sis!  Cheesy sorry I didn't see it earlier.  so tell us how it turned out  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2010, 07:49:59 am »

lol ,, it wasn't bad sis.  Tasted pretty good.  the only thing being, the consistency was difficult to manage, it was a bit sticky & leathery .. a bit like plasticine  Grin  It's easier to take a clean bite from the professional barfis available in pakistani stores which we used to often buy during our brief stay in Pakistan in the 1980s..  But the kids and my husband liked it the "plasticine" I made  Grin Grin
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