Monday, November 3, 2008

Rava Kaju Burfi (Semolina cashew Indian fudge)

Serendipity is described as an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Wondering why I am explaining the word serendipity as an introduction to a recipe post on my food blog? That's because the manner in which I landed up with this recipe can only be described as serendipity. The other day I was planning to make a sweet for a special occasion and wanted to make something with cashews. Now this in itself has to be a momentous event since I rarely think of making traditional sweets with sugar in them. Maybe I should have made another sweet to celebrate the fact that I made the first one....:-)

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Anyway getting back to the recipe, I mentioned to my in laws that I was planning to make some kind of cashew sweet that day. Co incidentally just a few hours before my call to them, some family friends had visited them and had gotten this delicious home made cashew sweet for them. When my father in law tasted the sweet he loved it and asked them for the recipe. They shared their recipe with him and he shared it with me and I got to try this sweet immediately.Talk about good timing huh.......so thanks to family friends and my father in law here is a sweet that is delicious and simple to make.

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Ingredients and Method to make Rava Kaju Burfi

1/2 cup fine rava (fine semolina, semolina flour) 
1/2 cup cashewnuts (raw, unsalted) powdered fine (see notes)
1/4 cup fresh / frozen grated coconut (if frozen thaw to room temperature)
1 cup sugar (see notes)
1/3 cup water
4 to 5 green cardamom seeds powdered fine
2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee/nei) and a little extra for greasing the dish.

Grease a large flat dish with few drops of clarified butter and keep aside.

In a large heavy bottomed pan, dry roast semolina until it emits an aroma on low to medium low heat, remove roasted semolina into a plate/ tray.

Dry roast powdered cashew for a couple of minutes, not too much just a little. Remove and add this powder to the roasted semolina. 

In the same pan, dry roast grated coconut for a couple of minutes. Remove and add to the other two roasted items. Powder cardamom and add to the powdered mixture. 

In the same pan, add sugar and water and heat on low to medium low heat. When the sugar has melted and begins to thicken a little,lower heat,  add a drop of syrup to a plate, cool slightly and check to see if it has achieved one string consistency. Single string consistency means when the syrup is held between the thumb and forefinger and pulled apart, it will form a light single string. 
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If the right consistency is achieved, keeping the heat low, add the powdered, roasted semolina+cashew+coconut mixture to it, then add clarified butter/ ghee and mix well. Allow to heat just a tad, when mixture begins to froth a little, remove and pour immediately on the pre greased tray/ dish. 

Cool and cut into square or diamond shapes. 

This quantity yielded me approx 18 to 20 pieces, yield will depend on the how thick or thin you spread the mixture and the size each square or diamond is cut. 

Store the burfi in an airtight container. It does not require any refrigeration and can be stored at room temperature for 4 to 5 days (if it lasts that long ) 

Notes:
With 1 cup of sugar this sweet is pretty "sweet" if you like you sweet milder, you can reduce the quantity of sugar to 3/4 cup.

When powdering cashews, use the pulse feature or short bursts of power in the blender/ mixer/ processor. Over processing can cause clumping because of the nut butter in the cashew.

61 comments :

Maria said...

Yummy looking fudge!! And thanks for the award!! You are too kind!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I love these kinds of treats! They look great and must taste even better!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey cashew cake looks awesome. why is it called coco cashew cake? there is no coco in the recipe right.. yummy.. i want it now :(

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Kaju Burfi with semolina and coconuts nice they have come out well... I did try a little different but when I see yours its tempting too much...

Priya said...

Delicios Burfi...cute they r..

anudivya said...

COngrats on your award! Thanks so much for passing on to me :) I am happy as always to get it from you... you were the first person to bestow me with an award a few months back, and it means a lot to me.
Love the burfi!

Laavanya said...

I think coconut & cashew always make for a great combination. Looks positively delicious.

Pearlsofeast said...

Usha, the shapes are excellent and it sounds fanatstic and I have bookmarked it.

Thanks Dear Usha for passing this lovely award to me.

srikars kitchen said...

wow... looks yummy & awesome...

LF said...

I don't eat dessert very often, but I never can resist Indian sweets. Delightful recipe.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely burfi,I love it,but I think stirring is a bit tedious,but ofcourse the effort is worth it.

Shillu said...

Drooling! the burfi looks cool & the sago kitchdi too - when I make it, it looks like sago paste!

Cham said...

Rava and coconut should bring another texture to the barfi. Perfect to any occasion :)

Kalai said...

Wow! These look awesome. I tried making cashew burfi few weeks back and wound up with halwa. :( I like the idea of coconut with cashew. Yours look perfect! :)

sowmya said...

looks good...nice recipe..

Ramya said...

Cashew Fudge looks really yummy!!! Going to try it today....will let you know the results

Pam said...

The cashew fudge looks amazing. I've never made this at home but I think I will try.

Happy cook said...

I love these sachew sweets.
Woudnt mind to have few with my coffee

Viki Xavier. said...

Thanks for dropping by.cashew fudge looks tempting. nice recipe. Congrats on your award.

Kavitha said...

Congrats usha! Thank you very much for your award. I love kaju burfi very much, you showed an easy way to prepare in home. Thanks usha! keep going.....

Sagari said...

burfi looks very rich usha

karuna said...

wowowo,these look delicious. coconut and cashews are always tasty. good work

Gita's Kitchen said...

Thank you very much for passing on the award :) Kaju burfi is my favorite sweet. Love the photos.

Sireesha said...

The cashew fudge looks amazing and excellent Usha:)

Alexa said...

Your fudge recipe is so simple. It looks delicious... the perfect treat with a nice cup of tea. :-)

Congratulations on your award, Usha. Your blog is a delight! Thanks for sharing it with me. :-)

Uma said...

burfis look so delightful Usha! Perfect shapes. Congrats on the award.

Vibaas said...

burfis look yum. congrats on your award.

aTxVegn said...

Congratulations on your award! These sweets look so beautiful and fudgy!

Sandhya said...

Usha
Yummy. Absolutely mouthwatering. Can't wait to try it.
Sandhya

Bhawana said...

wow what a mouthwatreing burfi u showed. too good. I bookmarked it. will make it soon.

Vij said...

hey usha
no worries...no idea y it pops back to u! thanks for the mail...really sweet of u!
lovely kaju burfi...looks yummy!

Swati said...

A lovely burfi..delicious with kaju ...

Adlak's tiny world said...

Usha yr word of serendipity is exactly worked out here for me. c i m here to leave the message for the award to u, but u already noted and posted.
Ha ha ha wat an timing word posting yar. Yr burfi seems so enticing and awesome dear.

AnuSriram said...

That looks delicious and the shape is so perfect!

raaji said...

usha never added rava to burfi......this looks so smooth and thinks it would melt out so easily in my mouth

Vij said...

Checkout the surprise in my blog!

DEESHA said...

looks really yummy .. love anythng with kaju .. soo rich in taste

mitr_bayarea said...

Kaju w/cocoa makes a great combo fudge, yummy.

Usha said...

Maria and Clumbsy cookie, Thanks for visiting, hope to see you here again :-)


Hey Mahimaa, Thanks for dropping by, the coco in the title is referring to the coconut I used in the recipe...

Usha said...

Ramya, Priya, Divya and Laavanya, thanks so much :-)


Pearls of East and Sripriya thanks:-)

Usha said...

lf, thanks for visiting....


Curry leaf, agree that it is a little tedious to stir continuously but since I make such things rarely it seems worth it....


Shillu, Cham and Kalai, thanks so much :-)

Usha said...

Thanks Sowmya....


Ramya, hope you enjoy it as much as we did....


Thanks Pam ...

Usha said...

Happy Cook, Viki, Kavitha, Sagari and Karuna, thanks for visiting...

Usha said...

Gita, Sireesha and Alexa thanks for dropping by and for your comments...


Uma, Vibaas and AtxVegn, Thanks...

Usha said...

Hey Sandhya, thanks for your comments,hope you enjoy them as much as we did... :-)

Usha said...

Bhawana , Vij and Swati, thanks :-)


Thanks for the award Adlaks :-)


Anu, nice seeing you here, hope to see you here again :-)

Usha said...

Hey Raaji, thanks for visiting..this is the first time I used rava in kaju burfi too....


Vij, thanks for the award...


Deesha and Mitr, thanks :-)

G.Pavani said...

yummy looking burfi...i liked ur version of making burfi

rekhas kitchen said...

wow looks so yummy

VG said...

What a great combo and my favs to bout - cashew and fudge. Great intro story too.

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Malar Gandhi said...

Awesome!!!

Yasmeen said...

All my favorite ingredients,looks deelish:)

Purva Desai said...

This fudge looks easy and can be prepared in a jiffy.....it looks delicious too....
Congrats on receiving award...

Uj said...

This Fudge looks yummy..Love Kaju burfi

Roopa said...

wow that looks awesome:)

Ramya said...

Tried out the cashew fudge...came out so yummy

Jenni Malsingh said...

This looks really delicious, will try it this weekend. I make a cashew fudge using channa dal and jaggery. If you are interested, you could look at some pictures on my blog: http://mangosoup.blogspot.com/2009/08/channa-dal-and-cashew-fudge.html

Lisha Ajish said...

Yummy....delicious burfi........
I am following you....

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Veena Theagarajan said...

looks so delicious

Kamalika C said...

Bookmarked...am gonna try it soon....

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