Sesame seeds & Peanuts Burfi

Burfi is a delicious fudge-like Indian sweetmeat made from milk solids and sugar. It is typically flavoured with nuts, and aromatics such as cardamom, saffron or rose-essence. In addition, it is usually garnished with a thin layer of edible silver foil for an attractive presentation.

Burfi varies in colour and texture depending on the flavourings used. Some of the popular variants commonly available in Indian sweet shops are Cashew Burfi, Pista Burfi, Coconut burfi and Besan Burfi,

This burfi, flavoured with sesame seeds and peanuts, is more typical of Indian home cooking, and one may not find it easily in confectionery stores. Traditionally it is made on the stovetop, but this recipe is for a quicker version made in a microwave. Any leftovers can be refrigerated for up to a week in an airtight container.


Makes 20 square pieces


½ cup/80g white sesame seeds

½ cup/70g peanuts

1 X 397g tin of condensed milk

1 cup/130g skimmed milk powder

2 tablespoons whole milk

2 tablespoons Ghee or unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the tray


  1. Grease a  six-inch square tray with Ghee or butter and set aside.
  2. Separately dry-roast the sesame seeds and peanuts until they become fragrant and begin to sputter. Transfer to separate plates and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Rub the pink skin off the peanuts and transfer to an electric blender. Add the sesame seeds and grind to a coarse powder.
  4. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl. Add the condensed milk, milk powder, milk and Ghee and whisk together to make a smooth paste.
  5. Microwave on high for about 3 minutes, or until the mixture begins to boil and rise to the top of the bowl. Take the bowl out of the microwave carefully and stir the contents thoroughly.
  6. Return the bowl to the microwave and continue to cook the mixture on high for about a minute, or until the mixture becomes almost dry. Take the bowl out and transfer the mixture to the prepared tray.
  7. Level the surface of the mixture lightly with a spatula. Cut the sweet into 1-inch (2.5-cm) square pieces.
  8. Serve at room temperature.

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