Pista Katli/ Pista Fudge

After 3-4 attempts with use of liquid glucose for burfi making, I decided to prepare pista burfi as one of the sweets during Diwali. This time I followed the recipe from Maayeka, a blog for wonderful vegetarian recipes by Anjanaji, and this recipe was without using liquid glucose. I am a big fan of her blog, love the way she presents her dishes and photography.

Recipe source: Maayeka, I just increased the quantity of ingredients


2 cups pista powder
4 tbsp milk powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp ghee [I used ghee to grease the hands, rolling pin and rolling board, you will need another tsp of ghee if you have to roast the nuts] 
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Dry desiccated coconut or unsweetened coconut flakes to garnish


I used ready made pista powder. If you are using pista nuts then remove the shells, roast the nut inside them in a heavy bottomed pan on low flame. Allow it to cool down completely and pulse it to powder in a mixie. Do not overdo it otherwise the nuts will ooze out its oil.

Take the powder in a bowl, add milk powder and cardamom powder, mix it well. Keep it aside. Meanwhile prepare sugar syrup by mixing sugar and water in a pan [ non stick pan is preferred] and cook it on medium flame to form a sugar syrup of one and half string consistency*. When done switch off the flame and add pista powder mixture and mix well. Allow it to cool down for 5 minutes or till the time the mixture is hot enough to manage with hands. Transfer the mixture on a clean flat surface, take little ghee and knead it into smooth dough. Roll this ball on clean surface or any flat surface to desired thickness and square shape. [You can also place a butter paper over the dough and then roll over it to get even surface]. 

Cut into diagonal or any other shapes. Allow it to set at room temperature. Instead of vark, I topped them with desiccated coconut or you can garnish with unsweetened coconut flakes. Store them in airtight containers and refrigerate them.

Happy cooking!

Linking this entry to Diwali Bash 2013 and Spotlight -Festive treats


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