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Diwali recipe: How to make Doda Barfi

By Shailja Tomar
Last updated on: October 14, 2014 19:04 IST
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Rediff reader and food blogger Shailja Tomar sent us this mouth-watering Doda Barfi recipe. What's your favourite Diwali recipe? Tell us!

Doda -- made from milk, dalia and assorted nuts -- traces its origins to Punjab and is a Diwali sweet treat.

Here's the recipe:




  • 4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp dalia
  • 3 tbsp clarified butter or ghee
  • 1 cup crushed cashews
  • 1 cup crushed almonds 
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder (this adds colour, not flavour)
  • 2 tbsp sliced pistachios for the garnish


  • In a small pan or wok roast the cracked wheat in two tbsp of the ghee over medium heat, till it turns brown. Set aside.
  • In a heavy-bottomed pan, over medium high heat the milk, and heavy cream.
  • Boil till mixture thickens (takes about 40 minutes), stir occasionally and scrape the milky residue that accumulates on the sides.
  • Add roasted cracked wheat and sugar. Mix well.
  • Keep cooking for about 20 more minutes, stirring occasionally, scraping the sides.
  • Add cocoa powder. Mix well.
  • Add 1 tbsp ghee, cashews and almonds.
  • Stir continuously till mixtures has become like soft dough and start leaving the sides of the pan and oozes fat. This should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the Doda mixture to a 12-inch plate, shaping it into circle or square, 1/2 inch thick.
  • Sprinkle pistachios over Doda and lightly press them in.
  • While Doda is still warm, cut them in about one inch square.
  • This sweet will stay good for about a week if you store it at room temperature and will stay fresh for two to three months if you refrigerate it.

Image courtesy: Shailja Tomar


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