Besan Burfi (Chickpea Flour Sweet): Indian Dessert Recipe

Updated on June 6, 2020
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Besan Burfi (Chickpea Flour Sweet)
Besan Burfi (Chickpea Flour Sweet)

A Nutritious and Delicious Sweet Cake

Besan burfi is a mildly sweet and flavorful cake that is made from chickpea flour. The recipe calls for only four main ingredients: besan (chickpea flour or gram flour), ghee, cardamom powder, and sugar, and it takes only about half an hour to make.

Besan has many health benefits. It contains soluble fiber, which can help keep your heart healthy and may help control diabetes.

Ghee is a healthy fat that can help increase good cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and balance hormone levels in the body. It has loads of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A, both of which are nutritionally beneficial.

Burfi will keep well for up to 10 days if you store it in an airtight container.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • 2 small cups besan (chickpea flour), sieved
  • 1 1/2 small cups sugar
  • 1 small cup ghee
  • 4-5 cardamom pods, powdered
  • 8 almonds, sliced
  • 2 pinches turmeric powder or yellow food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Sieve the gram flour.
  2. Grease a plate or tin with ghee. Set aside. On this plate, you are going to pour the hot besan burfi liquid.
  3. Heat the ghee in a deep-bottomed pan. Add the gram flour and saute it over low heat. Stir it continuously so that it doesn't burn. Add turmeric powder or yellow food coloring. Mix well.
  4. Saute the mixture until the gram flour changes its color and becomes slightly brownish, and you get a nice aroma of the roasted flour. Turn off the heat.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the sugar syrup: Add sugar to a deep-bottomed pan. Add water to completely immerse the sugar.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring occasionally. Continue to boil the mixture until you get a single-string consistency. To check the consistency, take a drop of the sugar syrup between your index finger and thumb finger. Stretch the fingers. If the syrup forms a single string, it has reached a single-string consistency.
  7. Add the cardamom powder. Continue to boil the syrup for 1 minute. Turn off the heat.
  8. Pour the sugar syrup to the pan containing the roasted besan. Turn on the heat.
  9. Stir the mixture continuously for 1 minute. The cooking process is over. Turn off the heat and transfer the hot mixture to the greased plate. Flatten it with the help of a spatula.
  10. Spread chopped almonds evenly on top. Press it a little to ensure that the almonds are firmly sitting on the burfi. Allow it to cool.
  11. After 5 minutes, use a knife to draw shallow criss-cross parallel lines over the top of the burfi. Carve rectangle or square pieces.
  12. After 15 minutes, insert the knife along the shallow lines to separate the pieces.
  13. Arrange the pieces on a plate and serve.
  14. Store the remaining burfi in an airtight container and enjoy eating for up to 10-12 days.

Important Notes

  • While roasting the besan, even though you have to stir it continuously, don't stir it too much. Too much stirring may result in powdery burfi.
  • Adding turmeric powder will not make the burfi smell like turmeric. The strong aromas of the cardamom and roasted besan are dominant.
  • Make the burfi thick. If you make it too thin, it may break when you try to remove the pieces from the plate.

Photo Guide

Grease a plate with ghee. This plate is for pouring the hot besan burfi mixture.
Grease a plate with ghee. This plate is for pouring the hot besan burfi mixture.
Step one: Saute the besan powder in ghee until it becomes slightly golden brown.
Step one: Saute the besan powder in ghee until it becomes slightly golden brown.
Add turmeric powder or yellow food coloring.
Add turmeric powder or yellow food coloring.
Mix well. Turn off heat.
Mix well. Turn off heat.
Step two: Add sugar and water to a deep-bottomed pan. Make sugar syrup as per instructions. Add cardamom powder. Boil the sugar syrup until you get single-string consistency. Boil for one more minute. Turn off heat.
Step two: Add sugar and water to a deep-bottomed pan. Make sugar syrup as per instructions. Add cardamom powder. Boil the sugar syrup until you get single-string consistency. Boil for one more minute. Turn off heat.
The sugar syrup with cardamom powder
The sugar syrup with cardamom powder
Step three: Add the sugar syrup to the pan containing besan mixture. Heat the pan. Stir the mixture for a minute. Turn off heat.
Step three: Add the sugar syrup to the pan containing besan mixture. Heat the pan. Stir the mixture for a minute. Turn off heat.
Step four: Pour the burfi mixture on the greased plate. Flatten it with the help of a spatula.
Step four: Pour the burfi mixture on the greased plate. Flatten it with the help of a spatula.
Spread the almond slices evenly on top. Press it down gently to ensure that the almonds are firmly sitting on the burfi.
Spread the almond slices evenly on top. Press it down gently to ensure that the almonds are firmly sitting on the burfi.
Step five: After 5 minutes, draw shallow criss-cross parallel lines with a knife to get rectangle or square pieces. Set aside for 15 minutes. Insert the knife along the lines to remove and separate the pieces. Collect them on a plate.
Step five: After 5 minutes, draw shallow criss-cross parallel lines with a knife to get rectangle or square pieces. Set aside for 15 minutes. Insert the knife along the lines to remove and separate the pieces. Collect them on a plate.
Flavorful and delicious besan burfi is ready! Enjoy. Store the remaining burfi in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
Flavorful and delicious besan burfi is ready! Enjoy. Store the remaining burfi in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 194
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Sugar 12 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 8 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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