Besan Burfee – Chickpea flour fudge
A stop at any of the sweet shops that line the busy bazaars of India warrants an encounter with this burfee, a fudge made with roasted chickpea flour, ghee and sugar. It is funny how a routine Tuesday trip to the temple would result in us carrying small brown paper bags of this fudge – a popular offering to Lord Hanuman, home. Simple pleasures of life! You don’t appreciate small things in your life until you don’t have them anymore. After moving to the States, and not having an Indian grocery store or sweet shop nearby, access to this burfee, or any other Indian sweet, became a luxury. And what do you do when you are craving it? You make it at home. My father-in-law often jokes about how I have become a hulwaii – a sweet monger..:P after moving to the United States. To that I say:
“Necessity is the mother of taking chances – Mark Twain”
So one Diwali, which is a festival very special to our family, I took that chance – and made besan burfee at home. I have, since, fine tuned and dare I say – perfected the recipe to the taste and liking of my family. So here it goes:
Besan/Chickpea/Gram flour – 1 cup
Ghee/ Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon
Milk – 1 tablespoon
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Green cardamoms – 2
Sliced almonds – 1/4 cup
Method: But first few notes:
Note 1: If you find ladoo besan at a store, feel free to use it and skip step 1 and 2 below.
Note 2: Ghee or butter can be used. The use of butter, however, makes a difference in the texture of the burfee. Burfee made with butter will be less “nutty” in flavor. If left at room temperature, it might become soft and loose it’s shape (just like butter would). I store burfee made with butter in the refrigerator. Dr. A actually prefers the one made with butter instead of ghee..:)
Step 1: In a small bowl, warm up milk and 1 teaspoon ghee/butter in the microwave.
Step 2: Add the warmed milk and ghee mixture to besan and rub with with your fingers till mixed through. Keep aside for a few minutes. Set a fine stainless steel mesh sieve over a deep bowl. Run the prepared besan through the sieve into the bowl. Using a wooden spoon might help. This might take some elbow grease but this extra step is worth it to give burfee some grainy texture, which might otherwise be ‘pasty’.
Step 3: Take out the seeds from the green cardamom pods and grind them into a powder.
Step 4: Set a deep, heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat and add ghee or butter into it. Wait till ghee melts. If using butter, let it melt and let it heat up for a minute. If you are a fan of non-stick pans, feel free to use one.
Step 5: Add besan to the pan and lower the heat to medium. Start roasting the besan and stir it continuously to avoid burning. After about 5-6 minutes, the besan will start changing its color to a deeper golden and your kitchen will be filled with a beautiful toasty aroma.
Step 6: At this point, turn the heat off and add sugar and cardamom powder. Mix thoroughly. Let the besan burfee mixture cool in the pan.
Step 7: While the besan mixture is cooling, line a small cookie sheet with parchment/wax paper. Spread the cooled besan mixture on this cookie sheet to get about a 1/4 inch thickness. Spread the sliced almonds on the surface and press them lightly into the burfee.
Step 8: Let the burfee set in the refrigerator for about one hour. After which, take it out and using a sharp knife, cut into squares or diamonds of desired size. Enjoy!
This burfee stores well in the refrigerator. Best served at room temperature.
Love – Vaishali.
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ShannonAugust 12, 2018 at 10:41 pm
I’ve never heard of this but it looks so good!!! definitely saving for later! reminds me a lot of peanut brittle, but better texture!
JerriJune 11, 2019 at 8:03 pm
This looks pretty good will have to try out the recipe some day.
Danielle LavoieAugust 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm
Yumm! I didn’t even know chickpea flower existed hahha they do look super delicious and pretty easy to make, definitely be a fun new dish to try out 🙂
HaleyAugust 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm
This looks super tasty!! Will definitely have to make this!!!
Kayleen fosterAugust 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm
This looks delish! I’m gonna have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe. 😁
cenduJune 3, 2019 at 11:01 am
So yummy! This takes me back to my childhoood. such fond memoies
Trish VeltmanJune 3, 2019 at 7:03 pm
I love fudge so will definitely have to give this recipe a try
Neil AlvinJune 4, 2019 at 9:29 am
Yummy! Another dish worth trying out. Amazing!
VaishaliJune 4, 2019 at 11:09 am
Thank You very much, Neil!
Yonnah MJune 5, 2019 at 12:39 am
Never heard of chickpea flour fudge. This sounds really interesting and I’d love to try it.
VaishaliJune 5, 2019 at 9:06 am
Thank Yonnah. I hope you like it..:)
Marcos K.June 4, 2019 at 11:15 am
Mouthwatering as I was reading this. I will definitely give it a try, thanks for sharing!
Pool Operator TalkJune 4, 2019 at 2:49 pm
Okay, I’m gonna have to do this one tonight. Heading to the store now! 😊
Hoang Vi FessendenJune 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
Oh wow these bars look like a great snack!
VaishaliJune 4, 2019 at 10:17 pm
Thanks! You are right, these are power snacks!
SandraJune 4, 2019 at 6:51 pm
This sounds so good! I will definitely try it!
VaishaliJune 4, 2019 at 10:15 pm
Thanks much Sandra. I hope you like it.
HackytipsJune 5, 2019 at 3:06 am
I have tasted these from a sweet shop. Never tried at home!
VaishaliJune 5, 2019 at 9:05 am
Now you can…I remember besan ki bari from the halwai shop..:)
Ivan JoseJune 5, 2019 at 8:17 am
Yum! I just realized that flour may come from a lot of various sources.
VaishaliJune 5, 2019 at 9:05 am
Ivan, that’s s true. Have you tried Enjera, its Ethipoian – another new kind of flour.
MayszJune 5, 2019 at 9:46 pm
Yummy this Besan Burfee – Chickpea flour fudge it makes me feel hungry 🙁 I will make this fudge at home <3
ShanabJune 6, 2019 at 9:14 am
I love fudge! It’s one of my favourite sugary treats. Would love to know how it would taste if made with chickpea flour.
Nursery rhymes girlJune 6, 2019 at 6:02 pm
wow 🙂 Invite me to your place for a day please 🙂
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MimiJune 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm
I am a lover of all things chocolate so this fudge sounds good. Definitely a guilt free treat
AshleyJune 8, 2019 at 9:33 am
This recipe looks so good! I’ll have to try this soon!
ClydeJune 11, 2019 at 6:22 am
I never heard of this before but it looks really delicious. I want to try this one too sometime soon.
HolliJune 11, 2019 at 2:23 pm
I love recipes without the oven! They look tasteful! I love almonds!