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Happy Diwali with Besan Burfi: Pistachio Almond Sweet bites

Easy Indian Food Burfi

Happy Diwali to all those celebrating the Indian – Hindu Festival of Lights. This is a celebration of new beginnings, and of the win of lightness over dark – good over evil.

We spread the joy with candles, fireworks, colourful rangoli patterns, and of course food. A part of the feast of course includes sweets.

This year I made Besan Burfi – Pistachio, Almond Sweet Bites made from a base of roasted chickpea flour.

They look a little like fudge – all golden brown.

But they are a crisper and firmer than fudge.

Mine are filled with crushed almonds and topped with pistachio nuts.

They are sweet, buttery and nutty.

The roasted chickpea flour (how versatile is the humble chickpea?) gives the nutty flavour and the crispy bite.

They will help you spread the light, joy and love this Diwali.

Or else, cook to experience the amazing warming waft of roasted chickpea flour throughout your house.

And share (or not) throughout the holiday season – whatever you are celebrating – and surprise everyone.

They are very easy to make and not hard to eat either.

My Besan Burfi Recipe:

– 4 cups gram flour (chickpea flour / besan)
– 250g unsalted butter
– 1 ย to 2 cups sugar (to taste)

Optional Ingredients (to taste):

– 8 cardamon pods (finely crushed)
– Handful of almonds (crushed)
– Handful of pistachios

1. Melt the butter in a pan
2. Add the chickpea flour, mix and allow to roast on a medium low heat for at least 20 -30 minutes. You will know when it’s ready when you can smell the nutty smell of the roasting flour around your house. The flour will turn a delicate golden brown.
3. Add the sugar, cardamom and almonds and mix.
4. Pour the mixture into a 1 inch deep tray (approx. 7 inches across), and allow to set. If a little runny – place in the fridge till hard.
5. Cut into bite size squares and enjoy.

Happy Diwali

53 comments on “Happy Diwali with Besan Burfi: Pistachio Almond Sweet bites

  1. eclecticlamb
    November 13, 2012

    Wonderful food styling and photos!

  2. caleephotography
    November 13, 2012

    Looks delicious, Kiran! Happy Diwali!!

  3. Moira
    November 13, 2012

    The photos are mouth-watering! I am going to make your recipe next week before our Thanksgiving Holiday.

  4. Angie's Food Adventures
    November 13, 2012

    Oh my goodness!! They look sooooooo good!

    Happy Diwali!

  5. Thiri Yatanar
    November 13, 2012

    Happy Diwali!

  6. lemoncake
    November 13, 2012

    Yummy! Happy Diwali, and Sal Mubarak for tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. ivanhoeeewu
    November 13, 2012

    Hello Kiran,

    Happy Diwali : )

    May i know what’s the significance of having a red string tied around the Besan Burfi?

    • Kiran
      November 13, 2012

      Many thanks for the great question. The red string is normally used by Hindu priests or people leading prayers. It is used symbolically to signify a blessing, and is said to keep away negative energy. I used it on the burfi just as decoration. Happy Diwali!

  8. The Palladian Traveler
    November 13, 2012

    Nice staged shots of the Besan Burfi. Happy Diwali 2 u.

  9. woodentaste
    November 14, 2012

    amazing it

  10. Irene
    November 14, 2012

    Happy Diwali! It looks nutty. Is chickpea flour gluten-free?

  11. New Yorker Chic
    November 14, 2012

    This looks amazing! Your photos are great too. Feel free to check out my blog as well, I just posted today about a coffee shop in NYC!

    • Kiran
      November 14, 2012

      Thank you so much – looking forward to reading your post ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. petit4chocolatier
    November 14, 2012

    Happy Diwali Kiran!

    Your pistachio and almond sweet bites look magnificent. I love your summary of Diwali!

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

    • Kiran
      November 14, 2012

      Thank you so much for the lovely comments – that would be great to have the link on your reblog page. Thank you! Happy Diwali ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Bernice
    November 14, 2012

    Your almond sweet bites look just wonderful!!! Happy Diwali!!

  14. nicholettec
    November 14, 2012

    Beautiful! I’ll have to try these.

  15. vinicooksveg
    November 14, 2012

    Wow, that looks beyond delicious! Happy Diwali Kiran! Enjoy.

  16. After the sunset
    November 14, 2012

    happy diwali kiran. nice concept of molding the usual beasan ladooos into cuboidal bites. loved the idea. it breaks the monotony of indian kitchen. moreover i loved the way you presented it, wrapped in butter paper and tied with sacred thread. loved it. highly tempting.
    i wanna know if u click your product yourselves, since the clicks are beautiful.

    • Kiran
      November 14, 2012

      That’s really kind! – yes I take all the photos myself, at home on a small camera ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  17. the menopausal minimalist
    November 14, 2012

    I just ate this last night! I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

  18. Melanie
    November 14, 2012

    Thank you for the recipe, I am making these today to share with my yoga class. Yum!

    • Kiran
      November 14, 2012

      That’s so great -thank you for sharing that and I hope they enjoy them!

  19. Archana
    November 14, 2012

    wow….gorgeous pics….and delicious looking burfi! the pics make me want to grab one right out of the screen! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kiran
      November 14, 2012

      Awe Thank you! Was just thinking the same about that kalakand – looks yummy! Happy Diwali ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Archana
        November 14, 2012

        ๐Ÿ™‚ thank-you!…Wish you the same!

  20. mredible
    November 14, 2012

    Delicious food, made to look irresistible.

  21. niki
    November 15, 2012

    Looks delicious ! thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Anastasia
    November 15, 2012

    Oh, those look absolutely delicious! And they have my favorite ingredients!!!

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  24. puravida
    November 15, 2012

    Beautiful, Kiran! I hope you don’t mind that I linked to your site in a post about holidays on my blog:

    Happy Diwali!

  25. Uma Taktok
    November 16, 2012

    omg! They are my all-time favorites!

  26. Allison
    November 16, 2012

    These are so adorably presented, and I bet the pistachio almond combination makes for an amazing flavor…

    Also I love that you called the chickpea “humble” (and versatile! I think you’re right on both counts…). A few years ago I was taking Arabic classes with a professor who also loves food, cooking, and food history, and I remember going to one of her cooking demonstrations once where she KEPT referring to fava beans as a “humble legume.” That pretty much made my day : )

  27. woodentaste
    November 16, 2012

    Now…it’s not about food(or not JUST about food)…when the food is not here…there is something about food that makes us incensed…and that must be How You Present IT. And there is something about cooking beyond cooking in your occurrence:and there is one more question:WHO Is The best Chef in the world?:A cook? A Photographer? A Artist? A designer? Well…I see them all in your signature…

  28. lacencoffeestains
    November 17, 2012

    It looks delicious!!

  29. RoxieGinger
    November 20, 2012

    These are absolutely stunning! I hope you had a wonderful Diwali holiday.

  30. createengwp
    November 21, 2012

    Perfect holiday gift!

  31. mannalexandra
    November 21, 2012

    Oh wow… looks delicious!!!

  32. Victor Ho
    December 5, 2012

    This looks like it will be fun. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  33. Dr Cath
    December 6, 2012

    OMG, I have to try that!!!

  34. Emilie-Anne
    December 14, 2012

    Reblogged this on Neither here not there: blogging about it all and commented:
    This is awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • woodentaste
      December 14, 2012

      This is ARt

  35. saucygander
    December 16, 2012

    Bes an fudge-like sweets is such a lovely idea, if there is time, I would love to make these for holiday season visitors. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  36. The Muddy Kitchen
    December 17, 2012

    I do not love sweet things (which is probably why I don’t weigh 500 pounds!) but I am a sucker for anything nutty and buttery. I’m afraid being a fan of your blog makes me exceedingly hungry!

    I may need to make these tonight! And if I gain a hundred pounds or so, I am coming after you, Kiran. All your fault! All of it!!


    • Kiran
      December 18, 2012

      Haha! I should really put a disclaimer on the site shouldn’t i ๐Ÿ™‚ Tank you so much for the lovely comments and I hope you enjoy!

  37. tableofcolors
    December 26, 2012

    Looks delicious and I love the way you wrapped them…simple yet beautiful!

  38. phishsays
    December 30, 2012

    I love reading your blog and have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! You always have really cool recipes and delicious looking pictures!

    • Kiran
      December 30, 2012

      Thank you so much ! Really appreciated – thank you for the award and the lovely comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. liloloves
    January 20, 2013

    These look amazing and I love your photography. Lovely post.

  40. girlinafoodfrenzy
    February 12, 2013

    Stunning photots! I love those delicious bars and often enjoy them at a renowned Indian sweet makers here in Sydney. Had never even thought to try & make my own ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. Jina
    October 8, 2013

    Kiran, these look soo delicious and beautiful with those strings tied around them too. I’ve never used chickpea flour before but seems simple to make otherwise, so I’ll definitely be trying this at home!

  42. foodsandmoods
    November 14, 2013

    this reminds me a little treat from my childhood… it was called roasted chickpea halwa as far as remember… I will try your recipe as soon as possible and I am sure it will taste just like my childhood… thank you!

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