Thursday, November 4, 2010

Badam Katli / Barfi and Happy Diwali!

Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali - the Inidan festival of light. Hope this festival brings loads of luck, love and laughter. 


Sweets and festivals always go hand in hand and that certainly brings a smile to my face. I try and make traditional indian sweets and food on festivals. It makes the day special and I don't miss my loved ones back home too much. 


Badam katli or Badam Barfi is a sweet made out of almonds. It resembles very much the European marzipan, the main difference being that the indian version is without the bitter almonds.


This sweet is a must during Diwali at our place. My mother in law has been making this for years and I learned this recipe from her and ever-since, I have been making this on Diwali too.

The traditional Indian version would normally be without saffron and have a diamond shape. I didn't use the traditional diamond shape but rather cut the barfi pieces with a cookie cutter. Whatever the shape, the taste is just exceptional. Hope you like them too :-)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup - almonds, preferably no bitter almonds
1 1/4 cup - sugar (you may increase it to 1 1/2 cup if you want it extra sweet)
15-20 strands of saffron (optional)
edible silver foil (warq), optional


Method
  1. Soak the almonds in water overnight.
  2. Remove the almonds from the water. Add some boiling water to cover the almonds. Cover the bowl with a lid and keep for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the water and peel the almonds. The hot water makes the peeling much easier. 
  4. Using a little water, make a fine paste in a mixer. Use as little water as possible - the more water you use, the longer the cooking time
  5. Empty the paste in a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, add the sugar and mix.
  6. Place the pan on a high flame, and cook, stirring continously, until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. 
  7. Add the strands of saffron at this stage and cook further until the mixture forms a lump. 
  8. Transfer it to a tray and let it cool.
  9. Using a rolling pin, roll out the almond dough to the desired thickness (I used a thickness of approximately 0.6 centimeters, although anything up to 1.5 cm should be ok) and cut with the help of a cookie cutter. 
  10. Carefully put the edible silver foil, if available, on the barfi and gently press the foil onto the barfi with a piece or ball of cotton wool. 
  11. Tastes completely awsome when still warm, but keeps for upto a week in an airtight container. 

Happy Diwali!

59 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pics. Happy and blessed Diwali!

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  2. Looks delicious & lovely pictures !!!!! Happy diwali ........

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  3. That's excellent picture of katli, love the way u cut it!
    Happy Diwali to u and ur family!

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  4. Oh I love katlis of any kind..almond, cashews or pistachios..Looks yum and quite easy to make.
    Happy Diwali to you!

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  5. Lovely pictures and katli looks great.Happy Diwali to you and ur family

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  6. Delicious almond katlis....Happy Diwali Rachna...

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  7. Wish you a very happy Diwali!

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  8. Rachana,
    Wish you a very happy diwali to you.

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  9. Rich n my fav sweet....Happy Diwali to u too!

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  10. That is so delicious... Happy Diwali to you too...

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  11. looks yum!! Happy Diwali to you and your family!!

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  12. These looks so fantastic!! I love sweet made with almond, and I often make marzipan at home (with sweet almonds, and just a few apricot kernels to give it that defined almond flavour. I think that silver foil would look good with marzipan too! But where to get it in NZ?

    Maybe I have a little gold foil somewhere in the house....

    You sweet look like jewels!

    Happy Diwali.

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  13. Happy Diwali!!!
    Perfect post for the festive season.
    very ethnic n amazing presentation.gr8 clicks.

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  14. Wishing u a happy and prosperous diwali. cute looking katlis..

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  15. Rachana,
    Badam katli looks so so delicious..wish you a very happy and prosperous Diwali..hugs and smiles

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  16. Your barfi is sooo pretty!
    I wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali as well.

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  17. Rachana,, the settings in the clicks are apt for the occasion and the burfis are looking luscious!!.. wishing u too a very happy Diwali

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  18. Where did you get the silver foils??!! These look beautiful.

    Happy Diwali to you & your family!

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  19. Perfect n delicious burfies...happy Diwali....

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  20. Great decor and looks yum. Happy Diwali to you and family...

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  21. Perfect delicious barfi..so yum and beautiful clicks dear
    Wish you and family a happy and prosperous Diwali

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  22. Happy Diwali to you and all at home!

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  23. Gorgeous pictures...yummy treat for festival. Happy Deepavali to you and family

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  24. Badam burfi looks rich with silver foil and soft texture

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  25. Wishing u and ur family a safe,happy and prosperous diwali dear Rachana!
    Badam burfi looks very very festive n nice!

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  26. That looks really festive...
    Happy Diwali to you and your family !

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  27. wow they look very festive Happy Diwali :)

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  28. love katli's my fav...urs looks yumm and delicious!!

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  29. Une préparation qui doit être délicieuse.
    Il me manque les feuilles d'argent.
    Happy diwali.
    See soon.

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  30. looks lovely!
    Happy diwali to you and your family

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  31. hiee....happy diwali.....nice one....beautiful fotos!!!!

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  32. Happy Diwali to you, Rachna!
    Almonds with edible silver...that sounds just amazing.

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  33. i had tasted this from a sweet shop in coimbatore... but got no idea abt ingredients.. this looks awesome with the step by step snaps.. lwish to grab some and run away.. :) happy diwali Rachna

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  34. wow so lovely....

    wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Deepawali

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  35. I've an award for you.
    See soon.

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  36. happy diwali to you too! I love discovering new Indian treats whenever diwali rolls around....this looks delicious!

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  37. So very well presented and made with loads of love...All of these lovely looking barfis are making my mouth water, Rachana!!!
    I will definitely try them soon:)
    Wish you and your family a very happy and joyous Diwali and New year:)

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  38. joyeux diwali!!!
    tes photos sont magnifiques
    bonne soirée

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  39. Happy diwali, Rachana, the badam burfi looks so tempting!

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  40. Happy deepavali,Rachana, the badam burfi looks very cute! First time,here..Your space looks great,,,,

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  41. Happy Diwali, Rachana..Awesome pics, Badam burfi is my all time fav...and I must try this out. May I invite you to link this delicious post to the Diwali Dhamaka carnival at The Keybunch?

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  42. Omg, this is not only delish but so easy to put together too!!
    Love it!!
    wishhingggg u a very wonderful festival of lites!!
    All year thru!

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  43. Happy Diwali, my dear!
    Waow,I love the presentation of your burfi! They are precious and this idea of using a cookie cutter is brilliant!

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  44. The almond barfi looks incredible, Rachana. A very happy Diwali to you and your family.

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  45. oh my gosh!! those barfis look really really yumm!! Here is wishing you and all your loves ones a happy Diwali!

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  46. Happy Diwali, Rachana! The saffron sounds like a great idea; I think I'll consider this when making my Christmas marzipan.

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  47. Happy Diwali to u too rachan.. Barfis are looking gorgeous!

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  48. Happy Diwali and I can't believe you made them at home. Fantastic job. Wow... they look great!!

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  49. Happy Diwali - Badam burfi looks awesome. I've not tried this before.

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  50. Badam katli looks yummy..nice festiv spreads...
    Happy diwali to you and your fmaily.

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  51. Love the pictures! Those look and sound delicious!!!!

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  52. Awesome katli.Looks delicious.Nice presentation.Nice diyas...

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  53. looks delicious and love the decor

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  54. Badam Katli looks delicious and beautiful.. nice job dear !!

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  55. Mouth watering- and beautiful presentation- great - and everything perfect- the best part- u add something new in the varities. raja

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  56. Beautiful presentation and delicious barfi, my favorite dessert.

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  57. Interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you
    Badam Barfi Diwali Sweets

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