Thursday, November 20, 2008

Besan Burfi and Meme

The sunday before Diwali we had a party here and i signed up for Besan burfi since it sounded close to mysore pak. To start with, i was not in any mood to celebrate diwali this year and then that week was very hectic and to top it, there was a birthday party the evening before the diwali party. I started to make this sweet at 11 in the night!! :-O The site that i took this recipe said it was a very easy breezy recipe and the outcome looked too yummy. So, i was still confident that i will be done in 15 minutes or at the most 30 minutes. The original recipe did not call for water. It only had besan, sugar and ghee and i kept stirring thinking that it will start to become little fluid for me to transfer to the greased plate. After nearly 1 hour of painful stirring nothing happened. It was as powdery as ever. I was so sleepy, tired and was about to cry. I decided to go ahead and add some water and it was done in 5 minutes after that. Wish i had done that much earlier. When i was done with it i decided never to post this painful recipe, but it tasted so good. It was melt in the mouth kind and tasted yummy. Both my kids kept asking for more and my first kiddo said it was as good as diamond sweet (kaju katli) and my toddler dragged a stool to the counter top and started picking more from the container. I changed my mind and decided to post it anyway. Atleast i can give you a tip on how to cut down the cooking time so you don't have to go thro' the whole painful process :-) I am not going to say the original recipe was bad, but it just didn't work for me. I probably made some mistakes. Anyways, here is the recipe in my way :-)

Ingredients :

Besan (Chickpea flour) - 1 Cup
Sugar - 1Cup
Ghee - 3/4th of a cup (The original recipe called for only few spoons and i've had bad result with mysore pak with less ghee, so i increased the qty of ghee)
Cardomom powder - a pinch
Saffron - a pinch

Method :

Melt the ghee in a pan. Roast the besan in the ghee. Keep the stove between sim and med-low. Keep stirring till the raw smell goes away. Now this was my problem area too. I had cold and my nose was completely blocked. So, i took some extra time to roast it :) Also, i feel the correct procedure would have been to roast the besan in few spoons of ghee and then add the rest later.
Now add the sugar, saffron and cardomom and stir for sometime. Add 1/2 cup water and when it is of halwa consistency and leaves the pan on the sides, transfer it to a greased plate and let it cool. Cut into desired shape and enjoy the burfi melting inside your mouth :)

Note : Please increase the quantity of water if you still don't get the desired consistency.

Now, here is the meme that goes with the Kreative blogger award :

7 Things I say more often

I love you so much (both my kids love to hear this :))
Aj no..uh-oh (my toddler is faster than a lightning..before i say no, the damage is done and the uh-oh follows the no :))
Ashu, eat/drink fast ( I think, he thinks if he keeps staring at the food, the food will go into his tummy ;-))
Awesome! Good job!
Ada Rama
I'm tired (mom of 2 boys, so u can understand!)
Dudes, u r all in trouble (that includes my husband ;-))

7 things I did before

Learnt Carnatic music for 4 years.
Played Cricket for college team.
Slept a lot (I was the kumbakarni of the family and i miss those days!! )
Travelled a lot.
Worked part time (Loved it as i got the best of both worlds!)
Was a stay at home mom for 4 years.
Used to talk a lot on the phone. My dad always used to say he's happy that i didn't have a mobile phone when i was in college :)

7 Things I am doing now

Enjoying each moment i spend with my kids. They will grow up i want them to have the best childhood that they can cherish forever.
Teaching my kids good values and to take time to enjoy small things in life, no matter how busy they are/will be.
Thinking about the 6 months my parents spent here last year. Those are very special and precious memories for me.
Cleaning the house (which is a never ending vicious cycle!!)
Constantly nagging and annoying my dear husband..hehe... :)

7 Things I want to do

I want to guide my kids to grow up as well-rounded persons who follow good values and grow up to be assertive adults.
Help some developing non-profit organization at my spare time.
Visit Switzerland and Australia.
Join fashion design course or Interior decoration (Can't make up my mind yet).
Learn to bake!! (I have had more disasters than success in baking!)
Learn Karate
Learn a musical instrument - preferably mandolin.

7 things that attract about the opposite sex

Hard working
Sense of humour
Good looks ;-)

7 Favourite Food

My mom's morkazhambu with seppankizhangu roast (Colocassia)
My paati's adai
Kaju katli
Black forest cake
Casatta (from Arun icecream)
Dahi puri from Ajnabi in chennai fountain plaza


Pavani said...

looks yummy n mouthwatering burff's yaar..

Priya Suresh said...

Besan burfi looks delicious, nice to read ur meme...

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow nice to know about u through that 7 meme. Besan burfi looks perfect.

Finla said...

One of my favourite indian sweetis this.
Loved knowing more aobut you.

Jaishree Iyer said...

Besan burfi looks delicious n Perfect.Nice to read your Meme..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Yum yum yummy Burfi... Nice to read abt you... Hope your toddler needs less than a blink of an eye to do the damage and I understand how you getta say only no...

Unknown said...

The burfi looks really yum...I enjoyed reading your meme and getting to know more about you..I think thattai and kaju katli will be in my fave foods too...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

eppadi ivlo azaghaa vandhurku cake? will bookmark it.. looks so pretty

Vibaas said...

Thanks friends :)

Recipeswap said...

MEME I know what havoc 2 boys can cause.......

Uma said...

Wow, those burfis look so mouth-watering. Enjoyed reading your meme! YOu learned carnatic music? Great! I love music! In fact, I am looking for a carnatic music teacher for my daughter!

Gita Jaishankar said...

I too had an experience like your last Diwali when I started making almond halwa late night. Nice reading about your dear. The burfi looks delicious :)

Vibaas said...

Thx n33ma, uma and Gita.

So n33ma, u have 2 boys too, eh? :)

Chandani said...

besan brufi looks amazing!!wish i could have one right now:)

Raks said...

Hey,really I was searching for this wonderful recipe...thanks a ton for shating this!! Added to favourites!

Deepthi Shankar said...

burfi looks delicious .. Ur MEME was a nice read

Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks for ur support dear. I truly appreciate it. Btn besan pak/burfi looks delicious...inviting....wish I stayed somewhere close to you. Nice to read abt ur MeMe...glad that u r from singara chennai. Hey I used to talk over phone for hours, infact whole night sometimes.....those were wonderful days, right. I will resume back to blogging soon.

Vibaas said...

Thx Chandani, RAK, Deesha and Malar.

Malar, please let us know what way fellow bloggers can help with this issue.

Sunshinemom said...

OMG! These barfis look professional!

Vibaas said...

Thx Sunshinemom for your lovely comment :)

Yasmeen said...

I wish you good luck with your future baking adventurous.You sound very athletic,former sport woman and want to learn karate.It was nice knowing more about you:)
Sweet besan burfi looks perfectly done:)

Vibaas said...

Thx Yasmeen for your lovely comment and good wishes.

Purva Desai said...

Thanks for dropping by, you have a yummy blog tooo....
Besan Burfi reminds me of Mysore Pak, whenever any of my colleague used to visit Bangalore, or any colleague coming from bangalore office our team used to order for packets of Mysore Pak...
Urs look perfect, rich and delicious
It was nice reading ur MEME

Vibaas said...

Thx for you lovely comment Purva. We do that with Bakarwadis. If we have someone coming from Pune or if someone visit Pune, they can't enter our office without Bakarwadis :)

Vikis Kitchen said...

Yummy besan burfi. Great to know the correct proportion of ghee.Many people dont tell this and i have failed many times in doing this sweet.
Enjoyed reading about u and family :)

Vibaas said...

Thx Viki. It will be hard as brick with less ghee :)

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

i will post my comment after trying tempted and li bit lazy.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

the consistency i got after stirring is not as expected.followed all ur instructions,didnt get halwa like puttu.what might be my mistake.i m not used to sweet making.

TBC said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
You have quite a collection of recipes here! :)

Vibaas said...

Thx TBC.

Jeyashri, same thing happened to me and i added water and i got the halwa consistency. Please try increasing the qty of water.

Vibaas said...

Jeyashri, i updated the post. Thanks for letting me know. I was stirring for too long, so 1/2 cup water was sufficient i guess.

LifenSpice said...

Nice blog and nice recipe. Was looking for a besan burfi recipe. will try and let u know.

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