Tuesday, November 2, 2010

7 Cup Burfi and Celebrating 50th Post!

Wishing you all a Happy Diwali!

I first had this burfi at an aunt's place a couple of years back and loved it. When she told me it's called 7-cup burfi, I thought it was made of a cup each of seven different ingredients. After that I forgot about it. When I came back home two months later, I was suddenly curious to know what the seven ingredients were. At that point of time, my aunt was fast asleep in India, so as usual I resorted to the internet for the answer. And that's when I realised that there were seven cups in total, and just 5 ingredients - besan (1 cup) , ghee (1 cup), milk (1 cup), coconut (1 cup) and sugar (3 cups).

The first time I made this, I used the exact same measures. It tasted great but I found it a tad too sweet for my liking. The next time, I reduced the sugar by 1/4th cup and added 1/4th cup of cashewnuts instead. And that's how I've been doing it since then.

Ingredients :
1 cup besan (gramflour, chickpea flour)
1 cup ghee
1 cup grated coconut
1 cup milk
2 3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cashewnuts

[Note : If you are making a burfi for the first time, I suggest you reduce the portions and use a 1/4 cup measure - 1/4 cup besan, 1/4 cup ghee etc. Cooking time will reduce accordingly].

Blend the cashewnuts with coconut and milk for 10 to 15 seconds, to get a coarse runny mixture.

In a deep bottomed pan [I prefer non-stick], with the flame on low, heat ghee and add besan. With a manual whisk or a large spoon, mix well to get rid of any lumps. Add the blended coconut, cashewnut and milk and keep stirring. Pour in sugar. Increase the flame to medium and keep stirring.

 The mixture will start to thicken.

If you have to run around to attend to other chores and cannot be in front of the stove the whole time (just like me), just reduce the flame to low but make sure you stir the mixture atleast once every minute or else the bottom portion will get burnt. Otherwise, just continue to keep the flame on medium and stir every few seconds.

Keep stirring till the mixture thickens so much that when you move the spoon in the mixture, the mixture should move along with the spoon (but should still be pour-able). This can take anywhere between 30 to 50 minutes, depending on how low or high the flame is.

Sometime in between, grease a large plate [I used a 9X14 glass dish] with ghee. When the mixture attains the desired thickness, just pour it onto the plate.

With a spatula or spoon, spread the mixture evenly.

Allow to cool for about 15 minutes. With a butter knife greased with ghee, cut into desired shape [ I cut mine into squares]. Do not remove from the plate yet.

Once the mixture cools completely (this can take an hour or two) transfer into an airtight container and refrigerate. (If the burfi hasn't hardened by then, refrigerate it for a few hours so that it sets completely before serving).

And thus I celebrated my 50th post :)!



  1. hey there, 7 cup burfi is my all time favourite and i was planning to do the same for diwali--- my mom has been making it for ages now and the sweet simply rocks! fab pics, looks sooooooo tempting, can't wait to get started! Sparkling Diwali wishes to u n family!

  2. Hi Aparna,

    That's lip smacking my dear...Happy Diwali to you...Congrats on your 50th post!!Keep rocking!!:)



  3. Hmm.. I checked, it is still coming up to a total of 7 cups.. haha :D The burfi looks awesome, Aparna! Perfect consistency, clean and clear cuts.. too good! Congratulations for the 50th post! :)

  4. Congrats on ur 50th post!!! Mouthwater recipe...
    Happy diwali...

  5. Hey Apy,
    I had this once at a friend's place,got the recipe from her( in my head) and forgot. So glad you posted it. Will try it for diwali. Happy Diwali and congrats on the 50th post! Keep them coming :)

  6. congratulations on ur 50th post .. and yeah its 7 cups ... looks too good

  7. congs Aparna and burfi is perfect and looking yummy and u share in festival season is also nice to try it

  8. congraatss dear burfi looks yummy n mouthwatering

  9. delicious burfi...with perfect measures....superb dear....and yeah...its not too late...u can still sedn in ur entry...deadline is till 11th nov.

  10. Congratulations on your 50 posts! These are adorable little treats.

  11. Ah! Ok that's explanation for 7 cups, delicious burfi. Congrats on your 50th post, wish you many... posts...

  12. Congrats on your 50 Post. Burfi looks yoummy...

  13. congrats aparna barfis look fabulous

  14. Looks so yummy and perfect burfi..

  15. Congrats on 50th post, happy Diwali and wonderful burfi :)

  16. Lip smacking barfi..so perfect and lovely...congrats dear.

  17. Congrats on ur 50th Post ..
    A Very Happy Diwali tooo.

    Burfi is soo perfect ....Thanks for sharing the story behind the name.

  18. Hey Apu,
    burfi looks yummy.So easy to remember the ingredients.....the pics have come out great.....love it dear.
    A very happy diwali to u as well and hey congrats on ur milestone.

  19. Congrats on your 50th post!

    The burfis look splendid!

  20. 7 Cup burfi looks delicious. congrats on 50th post.

  21. apy its sweet and luks yum.... wishing u and ur family a happy prosperous and safe Diwali :) and Congrats on ur 50th post gr8 way to celebrate

  22. congrats on ur 50th post....Burfis look great...Happy Diwali to u

  23. Congrats on ur 50th post Aparna, prefect looking burfi..

  24. lovely burfi dear....

    wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Deepawali...

  25. super like..m sure gonna make it :)



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