Kesar Pista Burfi

Easy Kesar Pista Burfi recipe for festivals | Learn how to make Kesar Pista Burfi for festivals with Milk Powder, Saffron and Pistachio

Kesar Pista Burfi

Special, soft, melt in  mouth Kesar Pista Burfi recipe flavoured with Saffron and Cardamom, now make at home for your loved ones!

Celebrations and sweets go hand in hand.. In all the cultures around the no celebrations are complete without sweets and good food. For such special occasions with your loved ones, here I bring another Indian Mithai/Sweet treat from my collection..Kesar Pista Burfi!!

What is Kesar Pista Burfi

Burfi is somewhat similar to Fudge and is made traditionally with mawa/khoya(evaporated milk solids). There are countless versions of burfi made in India during festival time. Nuts, Dried fruits like figs, dates, apricots and different flavours like cardamom, nutmeg, saffron are added to enhance the taste.

This Kesar Pista Burfi is not only soft melt in mouth with a delicious taste but also looks so attractive with the double layer of color. You can pack it in beautiful Mithai/gift boxes and give to your loved ones..I have not added any artificial colors here, but you can add a drop of orange or yellow and green color to enhance the color and look.

Few other sweet treats that you can make for the festivals for family and friends..

Layered Dark and White Chocolate Kalakand , Kalakand , Mathura Ke Pede, Malai Ladoo , Coconut Ladoo, Coconut Paan Ladoo, Chocolate Fudge with Mixed Nuts, Chenna Burfi

Mawa or Khoya is used to make majority of traditional Indian sweets.You can make mawa at home or use store bought.. It takes a couple of hours and watching time to make Mawa at home. Also if it is not available at your store or if you are pressed on time and you want some quick way to make festive treats.. Here is my way of making delicious mithai for your festivities..with MILK POWDER(Dry MILK).

Indulge in the royal flavours of Pistachios,Saffron and Cardamom with this easy and quick to make sweet treat for festivals and special occasions.

Diwali Sweets and Savouries

Diwali Sweets and Savouries is the theme this month for SHH Cooking Secretly Challenge. It is Festival time in India and a few days from one of our biggest festival, DIWALI. Poonam Bachhav who blogs at Annapurna,  suggested the theme. Checkout these delicious festive Easy Motichoor Ladoo that she made for the theme.

My partner for the theme this month is Anu Kollon, who blogs at Ente Thattukada treasure of recipes from South Indian Cuisine. Anu suggested two secret ingredients for the theme.. Ghee and Milk and I suggested cardamom and sugar  as secret ingredients. She made  for the theme .

Few other sweet and savoury recipes for Diwali

Poha Chivda, Khasta Methi Mathri, Besan aur Badam ke Ladoo, Ragi Dried Fruit and Nut Ladoo, Crispy Masala Papdi(Baked and Air Fried), Crispy Masala Peanuts

Ingredients for Kesar Pista Burfi

Milk Powder, Pistachios, Kesar/Saffron, Ghee, Milk and sweetener.

For the sweetener, I have used Raw Cane Sugar. You can use your normal castor sugar.

Method to make Kesar Pista Burfi

Points to keep in mind when making this burfi

Keep the flame to medium. Roasting on high flame/heat with burn the milk powder and powdered nuts.

We like moderately sweetness in our desserts, you can adjust the sweetener as per your taste.

Make saffron milk, half an hour ahead, Do not add saffron in very hot milk.

Kesar Pista Burfi

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Kesar Pista Burfi

Kesar Pista Burfi

Kesar Pista Burfi Recipe for festivals | Learn how to make Kesar Pista Burfi without mawa and condensed milk
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Setting Time 3 hrs
Course Desserts
Cuisine Indian


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan/Kadhai or Non-stick pan
  • Grinder to Grind Pistachios
  • Ladle
  • Dish to set Burfi


  • Cup Milk Powder about 300g
  • 1 Cup Shelled and Unsalted Pistachios 128gm
  • 10-15 Saffron Strands
  • ½ Cup Raw Cane Sugar optional Castor Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • ¼ Cup Cream
  • ¼ Cup Ghee or use melted unsalted butter


  • Lightly brush oil on a rectangular dish or square dish.
  • You can line the dish with parchment/butter paper.
  • Take about ¼ Cup warm milk soak saffron/kesar strands in it and keep aside.
  • Grind pistachios coarsely.
  • Dry roast in a pan on low heat, till it gives a nutty aroma. Once done, keep in dish or plate to cool.
  • Now take milk powder, add ghee in it and roast till milk powder turns creamy in color and gives the roasted aroma.
  • Once done, take out from the pan and keep aside in another dish,
  • Now in another or same pan, add rest of the milk, cardamom powder, cream, sugar and cook till milk starts to thicken. Cook for about 5 mins.
  • Now add roasted milk powder to it and quickly mix it well.
  • Roast it for another 2-3 mins, till it starts to form a sticky mass. It is almost similar to mawa or khoya.
  • Now take out ½ of the milk powder mix and keep in dish and add roasted pista powder to it.
  • Quickly working on it , mix pista powder well. Take care not to burn the mixture.
  • Transfer the mix. and spread the in the greased dish. Keep the thickness of the block as you like. It should not be very thin or thick. I keep it in between 1-2 cm. Level it with spatula or with hands,
  • Now add kesar milk in pan, add the rest of the portion of milk powder mix(mawa) and mix well.
  • If you want bright color, you can add a drop or pinch of artificial yellow or orange color or a pinch of turmeric. It gives a nice yellowish tinge.
  • Now spread this mix over the pistachio layer. Spread it evenly.
  • Cover with finely chopped almonds or more coarsely powdered pistachios.
  • Cover with cling film or with aluminum foil and after 30 mins. cut in desired pieces.
  • Once the whole mixture cools down, take out the pieces from the dish and store in an airtight container.
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22 thoughts

  1. If you picturise Diwali sweetbox, this is exactly what I would love to see in it- a layered barfi with nuts and sweetness that is so beautiful. The moment I saw this image i couldn’t think of anything else, but diwali. Looks so yum.

  2. Kesar pista burfi looks very delicious, perfect sweet for any festival or on any special occasion. Surely this will be big hit in parties too, i am going to try this soon.

  3. Kesar pista burfi looks so delicious and melt in the mouth. Detailed recipe with pictures is very easy to follow. I have some stock of milk powder with me. Definitely going to try this dish.

  4. One of my favourite barfi of all time and like how you have incorporated kesar and pista flavour in one, and given that look. Perfect for the festive season.

  5. I made this barfi and it turned out really well. Very simple easy to follow receipe. Everyone at my home enjoyed it. Came to know about this recipe thru my sister Renu Agrawal Dongre

  6. I make similar mava burfi. Loved your version of Kesar Pista Burfi using milk powder. Comes in handy when you do not have time to make mava at home and cannot trust the store bought ones. Loved how beautifully your layers of saffron and pistachio have come .

  7. Layered kesar pista burfi looks delectable and the natural colors of saffron and pista have come out well. Clicks are superb as always .bookmarked this recipe

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