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Vegan Semolina Saffron Fudge (Rava Burfi) (Sugar & Oil Free)

Burfiis essentially a sweet fudge that is made during Indian festive celebrations and happy occasions. There are many variation of this fudge made with nuts, different kinds of flours, often with dairy and a lot of fat. This quick fudge variation is not only sugar and oil free but, is also ready under an hour. The saffron strands lend a beautiful colour and gorgeous flavour that is simply enchanting!

We need,

  • Semolina – 1 cup
  • Xylitol – 2/3 cup (Increase or decrease depending on desired sweetness)
  • Saffron, strands – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 + 1/2 cup
  • Non stick spray to grease the plate
  • Flaked Almonds – 2 tablespoons (optional for garnishing)


  1. Dry roast the semolina until aromatic in a thick bottomed pan.
  2. In the mean while mix Xylitol with 1 cup of water.
  3. Dissolve the saffron in the remaining 1/2 cup of water.
  4. Add the xylitol syrup to the roasted semolina. Cook on low heat until resembling thick batter.
  5. Stir in the saffron syrup and stir well to ensure no lumps form.
  6. The fudge is ready when it leaves the sides of the pan and resembles the consistency of thick dough.
  7. Spray a flat plate or, slice pan depending on desired thickness of the fudge, with non stick spray.
  8. Take off the heat and spread into the prepared plate/ pan.
  9. Smoothen the top and press flaked almonds on.
  10. Cut into diamond shaped pieces and cool in the fridge for half hour to set.

This fudge stores well in the fridge for a few days, if it lasts that long! Happy cooking 😊




I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I'm found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️