One of the most helpful Facebook groups I’m a part of is by far the group Gluten Free Vegans. Not only is it a huge source of support for those following either or both diets, it’s a really great resource with members sharing delectable recipes and tips. It was one such post I scrolled by yesterday when I clicked on a recipe for Almond Barfi. I had no idea what it was but I watched the recipe video and that was all it took for me to want to make it!
Almond Barfi is an Indian dessert made primarily of ground almonds, sugar, milk and cardamom. I love marzipan so I’m all about ground almonds and sugar and was pretty sure I’d approve of this new treat.
Barfi is just as easy to make as the video explained. Simply melt the sugar and water, bring it to a boil, add the almonds and flavouring and stir until a dough forms. The recipe I followed is fully vegan and gluten free. It calls for saffron which is already notoriously hard to find, which means it would be impossible for me to get in Korea. I used a small pinch of cinnamon/nutmeg instead as I also don’t have any cardamom. Which unsurprisingly is also difficult to find here.
I’m sure the saffron would have been amazing, but I still thought that it was delicious without it. Just flatten the dough into an oiled pan, let cool, and cut into squares.
The squares themselves cooled with a nice smooth and glossy top. I wish I topped each with an almond when the dough was still sticky, but they were still perfect without them.
The texture is similar to that of marzipan, (moist and chewy) but this one is of course a bit oilier and has a different flavour. The squares form a crust and to be perfectly honest, they didn’t last more than a few hours around me so I can’t say for sure how they store.
I would definitely take my chances and make a large batch of these! They are such a sweet and delicious treat.