Diwali means delicious mithai, and besan ki barfi is on the top of that list in Punjab.
Besan ki barfi is everyone’s favorite diwali sweet. It’s rich, aromatic, sweet, nutty, and hearty. Besan ki barfi is roasted gram flour, with sugar, butter, cardamom, and nuts. What’s not to love? Also, you can be make a massive batch and easily consume it over the course of a month, which makes it all the more fabulous. It’s dense and flavorful without being overly saccharine or gooey.
As someone that wasn’t born or raised in the States, I don’t understand the American obsession with sickeningly sweet or dense gooey desserts. They’re nauseating and stomach ache inducing. Not to mention, they lack complexity of flavor. It does help to explain the obesity epidemic in this nation. Indian desserts on the other hand are rich, flavorful, and complex in their flavor profiles. And yes, smart ass, I know my people get heart disease, but at least the desserts are good. Besan desserts are amazing. They’re so earthy and flavorful. Nothing beats a cup of tea or coffee with a piece of besan barfi, besan ke ladoo, or even a small bowl of panjiri.
Besan ki barfi has been a staple dessert in Punjab for centuries, with little to no change in the way that it’s made. It’s believed that it was first made in Punjab and modern day Pakistan during the Mughal empire, and continues to be made in the same way. One of my favorite things about Indian, and especially Punjabi cuisine, is that so much of it is made the same way it was 500 years ago. And come on, that’s just fucking fantastic. To eat something that your ancestors did and to get a small glimpse into what life must have been like. It’s an amazing way to feel transported back into a rich and amazing history.
Most barfi is easy to make, though it is pain staking and tedious. Besan ki barfi, in my opinion, is the easiest and stores incredibly well. The only tips and techniques I’d stress on is: Don’t rush this one through. You will end up with a burnt mess. You can make a smaller batch if you want to cut down your cook time. But it does take about 20 minutes of cook time per cup of besan.
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15 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories748
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 29.8g 149%
- Cholesterol 122mg 41%
- Sodium 367mg 16%
- Potassium 472mg 14%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
- Sugars 36.7g
- Protein 12.5g 25%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.