Cauliflower is one of the most sought after dishes at home- its so versatile and usually made into savoury dishes like Baked Gobi Manchurian, Aloo Gobhi (Potato- Cauliflower stir fry) or a family favourite Baked Gobhi Mussallam (Whole spiced cauliflower oven baked) .Preethi’s unique Nutty Cauliflower Rice caught my attention and I have it bookmarked too as does Archana’s healthy Cauliflower Tater Tots (which was originally my plan for this week).
While cracking my head on what unique dish we can make with Cauliflower, I suddenly remembered a homemade Bengali delicacy that I had at a colleague’s place a few years ago in Kolkata. Along with the Niramish Kichuri (no onion no garlic , Begun Bhaja, Misthi Doi, my colleague’s mom had made this melt-in-the-mouth barfi with Cauliflower. So, I pinged her last week and thankfully, she remembered how her mother used to make it. Apparently its also called Kabishambardhana Barfi (a tribute to the poet)
Cauliflower Barfi a.k.a Kabishambardhana Barfi is a popular, yet not commercially made Barfi (Fudge) that was said to have been invented by Guru Rabindranath. Tagore for his 50th birthday !
The folklore varies from 50th to 60th birthday, and although its not clear if it was indeed invented then, this is still a delicious Gluten Free Barfi (Soft Fudge) that can be enjoyed throughout the year on special occasions.
Needless to say, the kids were all too thrilled for I was making a sweet after ages, and this barfi disappeared within hours of making it. I halved the recipe given by my friend and ended up making some changes based on what I had at home. This makes about 10-12 medium sized barfis. I made it quite thin and if you make thicker ones, you can get about 8-9 pieces for the following proportions.
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Pholkopir Barfi / Cauliflower Barfi / GF Cauliflower Fudge
Prep time – 10 mins. Cook time – 20 mins.
Makes – 8 to 9 large fudge pieces or 10-12 medium servings
Recommended storage: Refrigeration
keeps for 1-2 days
- Pulkopir / Cauliflower – 300 grams (washed, destememd and cut into small florets)
- Powdered sugar – 150 gram (increase if needed)
- Milk powder – 100 grams (I used sweetened milk powder) OR Khovya / Mawa (** See notes for details)
- Desiccated Coconut – 50 grams
- Chopped nuts – 1 TBSP
- Homemade Ghee / Clarified butter – 3 tsp (incl. that for greasing)
- Saffron strands (few) – optional
- Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp (opt.)
1. If using unsweetened Mawa / Khoya, increase sugar by 50 grams.
2. Adding Saffron is optional, but it gives a lovely hue along with the rich aroma. I have powdered the saffron strands and cardamom along with the sugar for this recipe.
See the embedded video in the recipe.
Such an innovative recipe Kalyani ! Never thought of making a fudge with cauliflower. The fudge looks absolutely delectable. Loved the video as well.
Thanks Poonam! it Is indeed delicious. do try…
Wow Kalyani, have not heard of cauliflower barfi and neither have I tasted it. An innovative recipe and seriously, wouldn't mind trying it out. A sneaky way to get cauliflower haters to enjoy cauliflower.
yes Mayuri , cauiflower haters would never know this contains the veggie :p
Very unique recipe! I'd never have thought of using cauliflower in a burfee. It looks absolutely delicious and inviting!
Thank you very much 🙂
Can never think of making burfi with cauliflower.. this is awesome kalyani!! Look sos delicious..
Wow this is definitely and something I want to try. Definitely a must make.
thanks arch! do try.. its low sugar as well…
Very different and easy barfi recipe. You are so innovative
Now I am intrigued and want to taste these cauliflower barfis. Such an innovative recipe.
This is a bold innovation. I am still trying to imagine the flavor of cauliflower barfi..the pics make it look so delicious
Incredible burfi using cauliflower. I never heard about cauliflower burfi. Would love to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing this unique recipe.
I had come across the gobi ke burfi sometime ago and it is on my todo list.. Yours is just perfect to make soon.
Such a interesting and innovative burfi with cauliflower. No body can guess the secret ingredient in this delicious burfi. Looks so perfect and tempting