Besan burfi is a delicious burfi popularly prepared in India. Its a perfect sweet for any festive ocassion. Ganesh Chathurthi is just around the corner. Try making this sweet for the pious occasion :) Gram flour / besan is first roasted on low heat along with ghee / clarified butter until it changes color to red-brown shade.Add the almond bits and cardamom powder and turn off the heat. Set aside to cool. Later mix powdered sugar and let the mixture set in a greased tray. Once set, cut into squares.
I actually found this recipe in Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's website. I followed it exactly and was very happy with the result. I plan on slightly reducing the ghee amount in my future attempts:)
Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
Chick Pea flour / Gram flour / Besan : 2 cups
Ghee / Clarified butter : 1 cup + little to grease the tray
Powdered sugar : 1 cup
Cardamom powder / elaichi powder : 1/2 tsp
Slivered almonds : 1/4 cup
Everest milk masala for garnish (optional)
- Melt ghee in a deep and thick bottomed pan. Once melted, add the sieved chick pea flour. Mix well. Cook in a low-medium heat stirring regularly. Cook until the color of the chickpea flour turns to a nice red-brown shade and you get a nice aroma (Note: Its important to cook on low-medium heat. It does take some time to roast the flour but the effort is well worth it:)).
- Add the cardamom powder and almonds (save some almonds for garnish). Mix well and turn off the heat. Pour it into another wide mouthed bowl or tray to cool it down to room temperature. (The chickpea flour continues to cook even after the heat is turned off due to residual heat. Hence it is important to transfer it to a tray or wide mouthed bowl. Larger the surface area, faster it cools down.)
- Sieve the powdered sugar to remove lumps and add to the now cooled chickpea flour. Mix well.
- Pour it to a greased tray or plate. Add the remaining almonds on top. Sprinkle some Everest milk masala (optional).Let it set for 3-4 hours.
- Cut it into squares and serve.