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Neelam Motiani’s ‘Sev Barfi’ Is The Best Thing You Will Discover This Diwali!

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  •  November 2, 2015


Get over ladoos, halwa, kheer, gulab jamun, kaju katli, boondi ladoo & suji halwa. They are so passé.

Let our blogger Priya’s mommy, Mrs. Neelam Motiani, teach you a kick-ass Sindhi sweet dish recipe you might not have heard of.

Join us and get the recipe of ‘Sev Barfi’ (aka Singhar ki mithai) right!

Me: And I thought sev was only used to garnish our bhel-puris.

Neelam aunty: Most of your readers think like-wise. Let’s surprise them!

Me: Lets!! So tell me about the ‘secret’ ingredients.3

Neelam aunty: Sev ½ kg, sugar ½ kg, mawa ½ kg, ghee 100 gms, milk 250 mlts., rose essence and pista! This will turn into 1 ½ kgs of Sev Barfi which is…

Me: …enough for me to put on some more weight!

Neelam aunty: Don’t worry! It is far better than what we buy from the market during festivals. This is home-cooked, and moreover, sev helps balance the fat.7

Me: *chuckles* *thumbs-up*

Neelam aunty: Put milk and sugar in a heated pan and stir till the sugar gets dissolved. 10 12Once done, add the mawa. This is feeka mawa, mind it!15

Me: Okay, till now it seems easy to prepare. I want to ask, are these ingredients easily available in the market?

Neelam aunty: Very easily. You can buy them from your local mithai-wala. You may notice that mawa is taking time to melt properly in the milk. Keep stirring.19

Me: It’s been just 4 minutes, and I guess we are halfway through the recipe already!!!

Neelam aunty: I told you, it’s a quick thing anyone can do! Moving on, it’s time we add the sev. 22Always remember to keep stirring. Now add ghee.26

Me: Ooooo…gheeeeeeeee! 250 gramssssss.

Neelam aunty: Stop behaving like every other girl in her 20s.

Embarrassed Priya: *screams* Mom!Untitled-1

Me: Lol!

Neelam aunty: Do you girls know that ghee is rich in vitamins A and E, K2 and Conjugated Linoleic Acid – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties, it makes your immune system strong, it helps you in a better digestion of pizzas and burgers, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties….6

Me: OKAY, aunty. I got that. Phew!

Neelam aunty: So yes, I have put ghee.

Me: 250 grams. Just to be precise.

Neelam aunty: *rolling her eyes* And now I am adding few drops of aromatic rose essence. Mix it well.28

Me: Are we done? We hardly took 15 minutes.

Neelam aunty: There is a way you can check if it is ready. Put a small portion of it on a plate and see if it sticks to the surface. If it doesn’t, it’s ready!

Me: We still have pistas to add. Can’t wait to taste it already!


Neelam aunty: Just few more minutes are needed to cool it down. I have greased the vessel with ghee (evilly smiles) in which I am transferring the mixture. We can now beautify it with pistas.34

Now you can cut it into shapes of your choice. 39

And trust me, people, it tasted awesome! As they call it, heaven in the mouth! I always underestimated the power of sev, now no more. Try it at home and let me know how well did you perform. If possible, send some for me secretly at the JWB office.

Photo courtesy: Pallav Bhargava

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