Diwali ‘Barfi’ Truffles

I visited Paul A Young‘s beautiful chocolate shop last week and was so inspired by all the little pieces of perfection and flavours.  I decided that I’d have a go at chocolate making.  Diwali was a perfect excuse but to be honest, these delicious little delights could be made at any time of year as a perfect gift!

The barfi recipe is adapted from the one used by one of my favourite Indian food shops – Bobby’s in Leicester.

Pick me up and eat me sized Barfi Truffles

You’ll need

  • 400ml cold water
  • 120g ghee
  • 500g full fat milk powder
  • 160g sugar
  • one tsp ground cardamom – I prefer to take fresh seeds and grind them in a pestle and mortar.
  • 70 g chopped pistachios
  • Vegetable oil for greasing
  • A bar of good quality dark chocolate – 80% cocoa solids

To make them

  1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Put the milk powder into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat the 200ml of water and 100g of ghee until the liquid is boiling.
  4. Pour onto the milk powder and mix it together really well.  It will be a bit lumpy but it doesn’t matter.
  5. Put another 200ml of water into a pan and then add to this the remaining 20g of ghee, sugar and ground cardamom.
  6. Heat this til the sugar has dissolved and then add the milk powder mixture .
  7. Mix and stir this well over a high heat for a couple of minutes to cook out.  Do not let it catch at the bottom of the pan otherwise it will brown.
  8. Pour this onto a plate and while it’s still soft but comfortable to touch, break off a little piece, roll it into a ball and set to cool completely on the prepared baking tray.
  9. Do this until all the mixture is used up.
  10. Once the little spheres are cool you can coat them in chocolate.
  11. Melt the chocolate and then dip into it one of the spheres. I use a cocktail stick.
  12. Place the sphere back onto the baking tray and sprinkle over some chopped pistachios.  You could also use chocolate sprinkles or dessicated coconut or walnuts – whatever you fancy I suppose!
  13. Repeat for the rest of the spheres and voilà – Diwali Truffles!
You could also serve the barfi as a petit four after dinner. Once you’ve made it, simply pour it into mini muffin moulds and then drizzle with chocolate as below:

6 responses to “Diwali ‘Barfi’ Truffles

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  3. Belated happy Diwali. Parts of Dubai were ablaze with lights last week.


  4. Hi, I hav neva made burfi b4, so this is goin to be my first attempt, I wana try to make it b4 Diwali, can I substitute ghee with butter?


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