Kaju Burfi

A burfi is a South Asian sweet or candy served at festive occasions and holidays. Several varieties of burfi can be prepared from sweetened, condensed milk and nuts.  Kaju (cashew nut) Burfi, is easy to prepare and is traditionally served at Diwali. Make this special treat with the help of an adult.

Photo: Kaju burfi


  • Raw cashew nuts to make 3 cups (1.5 pints) 
  • 1/2 cup (1/4 pint) water
  • 2 cups (3 pints) sugar
  • Optional: Silver leaf (available in Indian grocery stores and gourmet stores), candy thermometer, and coffee or nut grinder


1. Grind the cashews to make 3 cups (1.5 pints) of powdered cashews nuts.

2. Mix sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-to-high heat to prepare sugar syrup.

3. Heat the syrup until it reaches the "thread" stage. When the syrup is dripped from a spoon it will have the thickness of about two threads. The syrup should reach 223-234ºF (106-112ºC) on the thermometer.

4. Remove from heat and dissolve the cashew powder in the syrup to make a thick mixture.

5. Spread the mixture on a plate and place silver leaf on top.

6. Allow the burfi to sit for 1-2 hours and then cut it into pieces and serve!

Text by Reenita Malhotra Hora
Photograph by National Geographic Kids staff