A Recipe for Chocolate Orange & Vanilla Cardamom Barfi, an Indian-Style Fudge

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Back in 1997, we were invited to participate in Eat to the Beat, a charity gala to raise funds and awareness for Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support. In its first year, chefs were asked to prepare a dessert or sweet. We chose to prepare layered barfi, a milk-based Indian-style fudge traditionally made and shared on festive occasions. Im taking that same base recipe but giving it a twistthis is a new and special combination I created especially for my brother, Paresh, who is the biggest chocolate lover I know and who also fancies the flavor of orange. Im adopting this classic pairing of chocolate and orange and applying it to our traditional barfi recipe so its modern, exquisite, and exceptionally decadent with vanilla, dark chocolate, and a hint of juicy citrus.

Chocolate Orange & Vanilla Cardamom Barfi

Prep time: 1 hours, plus 4 hours to overnight chillingCook time: 1 minuteYield: 16 to 20 pieces


  • cup ghee
  • cup icing sugar
  • 1 cups whole milk powder
  • cup half-and-half cream
  • cup almond flour
  • teaspoon green cardamom seeds, finely ground
  • teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon finely slivered pistachios, to garnish

Chocolate Topping

  • 3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
  • 3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water


  1. Line an 8-inch diameter, 1-inch deep stainless-steel plate with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet on medium-low heat, melt the ghee. Stir in the icing sugar to combine.
  3. Sift in the milk powder and mix to combine. Add the cream, almond flour, cardamom, and vanilla and stir so all the ingredients become uniform. Remove the barfi from the pan, and once it is cool enough to handle, knead it with your hands so all the mixture comes together.
  4. Press the barfi into the prepared plate and smooth it out into an even layer. You can use the bottom of a small stainless-steel bowl or katori ora spatula to compress the mixture firmly into the plate.
  5. For the chocolate topping: Melt the chocolates using a double boiler (see Note). Once the chocolate is smooth and melted, stir in the butter. Add the cream and orange blossom water and stir to combine. The chocolate topping should be glossy.
  6. Using a spatula, layer the chocolate topping on top of the barfi and smooth it out evenly. Sprinkle on the pistachios to garnish. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Cut the barfi into 1-inch squares or diamond shapes. For a bite-sized barfi, cut the squares into 1-inch pieces. Serve as a decadent treat!

Note: Chocolate is often melted in a double boiler so that direct heateither direct from the stovetop or a microwave does not come in contact and overcook the chocolate. Set upa double boiler by boiling water in a small saucepan or heavy-bottomed pot over the stove. Nest a slightly larger stainless-steel bowl on top of the saucepan, ensuring it doesnt come into contact with the boiling water. Add the chocolate to the bowl and it will slowly melt from the accumulated steam.New Indian BasicsExcerpted from New Indian Basics, by Arvina Chauhan and Preena Chauhan. Copyright 2022, Arvina Chauhan and Preena Chauhan. Published by Appetite, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.Next: This Channa Masala Recipe Will Be Your Go-To for Weeknights

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