Cashew burfi celebration by Anjuli

Posted on 12-25-08 · Tags: , ,

Cashew Barfi

Cashew burfi (बर्फ़ी) is a sweet Indian dessert made with cashews, ghee, and sugar. They are traditionally eaten during holiday, especially Divali, the Hindi festival of lights (actually meaning “row of lights”). Divali is celebrated the world over Amaavasya, the 15th night of the fortnight of the month of Kaartik in October/November.

Part of the reason must be due to the fact that you need a lot of people around to stir. We made these yesterday in celebration of another holiday. Everyone pitched in with the stirring (and eating). In stores, burfi’s commonly come with a piece of silver foil at the top. Ours our naked and better for it. They have a wonderfully rich and nutty flavor, and are incredibly smooth like fudge.

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Dates and cashew butter for a rainy day by Anjuli

Posted on 10-28-08 · Tags: , , ,

Dates with cashew butter

We used to pack dates and cashew butter for hikes when we were kids. They would be all gooey and squashed when we reached summit and pulled them out, but their appearance didn’t seem to have any impact on the taste. I now also eat them at lower elevations with French press coffee on a rainy day. In general, nuts are the ideal snack because the protein and fat give you energy that sustains you much longer than an afternoon sugar rush. These must be made with the freshest, plumpest and stickiest dates you can find. Otherwise it’s a sin to waste perfectly good nut butter. Oh, and grownups share.

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