After 5 not great attempts at making the sort of Barfi that I buy in the Indian quarter on Belgrave Road in Leicester for Prepped! I called Dharmesh who owns Bobby’s Restaurant in Leicester and asked for advice. He immediately said he’d lend me his wonderful chef Depak Modak , who is in this video below and showed me just how to make it!
I’ve modified Depak Modak’s recipe with just one addition - orange zest - otherwise this is the exact recipe.
Makes 12 pieces
Preparation 5 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes
200ml cold water
500g full fat milk powder
200ml warm water
one tsp cardamom powder
Zest of 1 orange
70 g chopped Pistachio’s and Almonds
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 Put the Milk powder into a large bowl. In a saucepan heat the water and 100g of ghee. Once at boiling point pour onto the milk solids and mix well with a spoon. You can then use your hand to mix once the temperature has come down.
2 In the same saucepan add a further 20g of ghee, another 200ml of water, the sugar and the cardamom powder. Heat to dissolve the sugar. Turn the milk powder mix into the pan and add the orange zest. Mix well over a high heat for just one minute and then turn onto an oiled tray.
3 Scatted with chopped nuts and leave to set for 4 – 5 hours . Cut into shapes. Use with a week. Keep cool.
I also took a moment to work out the price of this recipe for the quantities used.
It’s a rough estimate but her goes
£2.25 milk powder
£0.75 chopped nuts
£0.05 tsp cardamom powder
Total cost £4.05 / 12 pieces = 33p each