Barfi is the Indian fudge. Mawa barfi is the fudge which is soft and just melts in the mouth, it is prepared with evaporated milk, i.e. mawa, mildly flavored with rose water or cardamom and garnished with the nuts of your choice. It has the taste of caramelized milk which makes it so divine. This is the very basic barfi and can be extended and made flavored barfi. However, I shall do separate posts for other barfis too. Mawa barfi can be prepared with a couple of main ingredients. The only important thing to be kept in mind is that the mixture of barfi should not be overcooked, as in that case the barfi becomes dry and the same should not be undercooked, otherwise the barfi will not set. Mawa barfi can be prepared for any special occasion or festival.
Mawa/Khoya: There are different types of mawa depending on the hardness/softness. The hardest of all the mawa is the batti mawa, followed by chikna mawa and daanedar mawa. The difference is about texture and consistency. Batti mawa is the hardest of these and danedaar is the softest one. You can use any of these to make the mawa barfi, although the cooking time might vary. You can use the homemade khoya or store-bought one to make this mawa barfi. The cooking time will vary according to the khoya used.
Ghee: Ghee is used for roasting mawa for the barfi. Very little ghee is used and the same can also be skipped, as the khoya has its own fat.
Powdered Sugar: Instead of granulated sugar, powdered sugar is used to sweeten the mawa ki barfi. Granulated sugar might not get dissolved while cooking the mixture and spoil the texture of the barfi. I have used 150 grams of powdered sugar for 300 grams of khoya. This gives quite sweet mawa barfi. However, if you like your sweets moderately sweet, add 100 grams of powdered sugar only.
Flavoring: The mawa barfi has been flavored with cardamom powder and rose water. Both these ingredients add the required aromas to the barfi.
Garnishing: Slivered nuts have been used to garnish the mawa barfi.
If you love barfi, we have a few easy and simple ones on the blog. These are the milk powder barfi, chocolate barfi, etc. Other than these you might also like the most popular Indian sweet i.e. besan ke ladoo.
This can be served as a dessert or on any special occasion.
PREP TIME 10 minutes + 3 hours setting time
COOK TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 25 minutes + 3 hours passive time
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