This Sunday (26 August 2018) was Raksha Bandhan. The perfect excuse to make my easy microwave chocolate barfi. It’s an old recipe which I’ve reimagined. If you haven’t heard of Raksha Bandhan before, it’s a Hindu festival celebrating the bond between a brother and sister (or siblings in general in more modern times). Any Hindu festival is the perfect excuse to make this easy microwave chocolate barfi as it is obligatory to offer sweets at all festivals!
Going back to the festival, Raksha Bandhan means “the bond of protection”. Traditionally, sisters tie a protective thread around the right wrist of their brothers (and sisters) and offer sweets as an offering of their blessings and love for the relationship. This doesn’t just apply for immediate family either, I send the Rakhis to all my cousin brothers and even friends. The image below is one of my favourites as it has all my brothers in it!
Last year, I made 2 types of cookie to post to my brothers, they went down a treat! This year, I did a poll on my Instagram story and everyone wanted to see something more traditional. I made my easy microwave chocolate barfi, with various flavour combinations to send in the post with the threads to my brothers.
It’s a super quick and easy recipe, and it can be used with all sorts of flavours. Usually, I layer it, barfi on the bottom, chocolate on top, this time I wanted it to be abit more special, so I cut into smaller, bite size pieces and dipped in chocolate!
I’m just hoping that my brothers all receive their barfi and threads in time for when this post goes out! Otherwise, the surprise will be ruined!
If you love traditional Indian sweets but don’t know where to start, give this easy microwave chocolate barfi a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Easy Microwave Chocolate Barfi
A great Indian spiced fudge, perfect for any celebration
- 1 can of condensed milk
- 300 grams of milk powder
- 100 grams of ground almonds
- 200 grams half a tin of evaporated milk/double cream
- 3 tablespoons of ghee melted
- A pinch of saffron
- 1/2 tsp of ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 300 grams of milk chocolate
- Choice of sprinkles
Grease or line the baking sheet or plate you will use to make the barfi in, bare in mind the smaller the dish the deeper your barfi will be. (I used a square brownie pan lined with baking parchment)
Mix together all the barfi ingredients in a microwave proof bowl.
Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on full power for 1 minute 30 seconds and then stir the mixture well, repeat this process 4 times until the mixture is cooked through. Beware and keep an eye while it’s in the microwave so it doesn’t bubble over the edge of the bowl.
Pour the mixture into your prepared plate or tray
Smooth the mixture out into an even layer ensuring the surface is as smooth as you can get it – I sometimes use a flat bottomed bowl which has been lined with ghee to do this.
Allow it to cool to room temperature.
Once the barfi is cool, melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second blasts until it’s a smooth pouring consistency.
Pour your chocolate over the barfi and create a smooth layer.
Top with sprinkles of your choice and allow to set in the fridge for around an hour before cutting into portions.
As in the photos, you can make these in all kinds of ways. The most traditional being a layer of barfi topped with a layer of fudge. This time round, I also experimented with dipping chunks of the barfi into melted chocolate and allowing to set for an extra special treat!