Sunday, June 7, 2009

Chocolate Fudge (Burfi)

Did you know that there are some communities in India where parents do not visit their married daughter at all, and if they have to visit, they will never eat anything or even drink water there. I am not sure what is the reasoning behind this thought but this is a practice that exists. Yes I did say exists....as in happening even in this generation, not only in the past and not just in Bollywood movies. You know the ones where there are lines spoken by some characters in the movie that goes something like " Main apni beti ke ghar ka ek boond paani bhi nahi loonga" which translates to " I will not have even a drop of water at my daughters home" although I have to admit it loses something in the translation. There is something about actors with deep voices delivering even such nonsense lines with perfect credibility that makes those scenes look not quite as ridiculous as they would seem otherwise, I guess that is why they are known as actors :-) I think I would have laughed for hours if someone had asked me to repeat a line like that.

Anyway I digress........ the reason for me bringing this up was that I heard of such a family recently where the parents do not visit their married daughter at all.....never.....nada....zip. This surprising fact made me wonder about the situation on different levels. Firstly that such a custom is being practiced in the twenty first century and also because I wondered about how both the daughter and her parents feel about such a practice. Do all of them ever think of all the time they are losing when they could be spend some time together. What a lost opportunity isn't it.....

Speaking of opportunity, I am one of those people that is always ready to seize the opportunity to ......have sweets! Insignificant you think? not if you have a sweet tooth such as mine!  Knowing my weakness for sweets I restrain from making them or buying them unless I know that there are people around who are going to share with me. Otherwise I know I would land up eating more than I should :-)  I got presented with just such an opportunity recently and came up with this idea and recipe to make this choco fudge. I was trying to re create a homemade sweet I remember having during my childhood. I just guessed at the ingredients and was very happy with the outcome of this sweet. The fudge was soft, sweet and chewy and since this sweet is flour-less it is also great for those that are avoiding gluten or avoiding all purpose flour. 

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Here is another view of this fudge..........
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Ingredients and method to make  Choco Fudge / Burfi

2 cups whole milk
1 cup non fat or any other dry milk powder
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup clarified butter (ghee)
1/2 cup almond meal (powdered whole almonds)
1 cup sugar (or according to taste)
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (optional)
one or two drops of clarified butter / ghee to grease a plate

Grease a slightly deep plate or any tray with a few drops of clarified butter and keep aside.
Mix all the ingredients of the fudge in a large heavy bottomed pan and place on the stove.
Heat this mixture and keep stirring it until the mixture thickens. Just keep the heat on medium so that the mixture does not burn or char.
The mixture needs to thicken till it begins to come together in the center and leave the edges of the pan. Will start to seem like a soft lump.
One way of judging if the fudge is done is to remove a very small amount off the heat in a spoon and cool it. Roll it between your fingers and it should roll and keep its shape, then the fudge is nearly done.
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Pour this mixture on the greased plate and level it with a knife.

Let cool for a few minutes and before it hardens, level again with the back of a cup.

Cut with a knife into desired shapes, either squares or diamonds. Or cool the fudge and and roll it into little balls like I have done in this picture above.

Refrigerate the unused portion of the fudge and use within a couple of days for best freshness

Notes
This fudge is not going to be too hard and is not meant to be too, after cooling thoroughly and even refrigerating it, you will find that this continues to be a soft, chewy fudge.

38 comments :

Priya said...

Wat a delicious fudge...looks too tempting!

Uma said...

too tempting fudge Usha! Came out perfect :)

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

That fudge looks so good. As for the Indian custom... I don't know but I think I'd rather stay single than not hang out with my momma.

Vaishali said...

Usha, I love the idea of a chocolate burfi. I must say I've never had one, so it sounds all the more intriguing. Would love to try out a vegan version sometime. Meanwhile, I'll just feast my eyes on yours.

Gita said...

Chocolate burfi sounds too tempting Usha...looks so yummy :)

Vani said...

Yeah, I've heard about those kind of customs and it really makes my blood boil! At one point in time, perhaps there was some relevance to the practice (though I cannot rationalize that one at all) but in this day and age, the crap that some women still go through in India in the name of 'tradition' makes me so angry! How about having their menfolk NOT meet their moms too? Good or not, at least it's fair!

Chocolate burfi looks great, btw..

Sara said...

This looks delicious - I love anything that involves chocolate!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

i pity the families that don't see their daughters after getting them married..

fudge look to die for usha.. bookmarking this one.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks very delicious.

Pam said...

Rich, decadent and delicious.

anudivya said...

Chocolate burfi sounds like a perfect indulgence!

I haven't heard of these customs before, sounds pretty lame. Do you know why they do that? I mean... why parents don't visit or stay at a married daughter's place? Just curious.
I hate when different rules apply to a man and a woman.

Sharmila said...

What a scary custom! Love that fudge. :-)

sowmya said...

i have heard of a a particular community where the mother is not allowed to attend the daughter's wedding..
fudge looks yummy..so tempting..

Prathibha said...

Wow that looks really tempting..perfect n moist..

lata raja said...

Hi,I'm thankful that such a practice is not adhered by every community.What will happen to my parents blessed with three daughters only and my very own self with a single offspring a darling daughter.Varna kaun degha mujhe woh ek boondh ka paani???
Choco fudge is looking invitingly delicious to another person with sweet tooth...me!!!!

Parita said...

Oh yeah i have heard about these customs and its really sad to know that they still exist :(

Chocolate fudge looks delicious and the fact that it remain soft even after refrigeration tempts me to make it right away :)

DEESHA said...

I had thought that such customs exist only in movies .. strange isn't it .. Loved the burfi

Kitchen Flavours said...

I don't know who made this customs....but tedious at times...chocolate fudge looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmy....

rekhas kitchen said...

OMG it just so tempting any thing with chocolate yummy

Divya Kudua said...

I've heard such dialogues in movies and serials and wondered why a parent would ever do that.I can't imagine for the life of me what I would have done if there was a custom that my parents couldnt visit me or have food from our place...I'm sure they would have broken that rule:)

I follow a similar rule when it comes to sweets and baked goods.Make them only when I have to share them with someone.The fudge looks delicious..almost like a fudgy brownie:)

Laavanya said...

That fudge looks downright delicious... Bookmarked.

Yes.. i was shocked to hear about these customs from my MIL (something she heard when living in Delhi). Apparently there are some who in the off chance do visit their daughter's house, if they do drink water/coffee/tea, then they actually leave money behind!! Can you believe that?!

Madhuram said...

I didn't know about that custom before. Sounds very cruel.

Very tempting recipe Usha. I too have made something quite similar but without the almond meal.

Sireesha said...

Marvellous fudge Usha! Came out perfect :)

Cilantro said...

First time hearing about this custom, Is the girl allowed to visit her parents???...In most places the girls parents do not frequent her home if she lives with her In-Laws.
Lovely Fudge...

Divya Vikram said...

Fudge looks moist n just delish!

Anu said...

Fudge looks awesome!!! Surprised abt the custom tht u had mentioned!!! OMG... am speechless

jayasri said...

hi usha!, yummy, yummy fudge...., looks so delicious..about the small talk, i really wonder do such things still happen!

Superchef said...

that fudge is to die for!!!!

n im hearing about such a custom for the first time..this is just plain ridiculous!!!

Poornima Nair said...

I have a couple of friends who follow that custom even now, its so cruel n unjust, I can't imagine how they do it.
the chocolate burfi looks divine, wish I could have a piece of that.

kittymatti said...

This looks super delish!

Jyoti said...

This chocolate burfi looks delectable !

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice tempting one

Nithya Praveen said...

Tempting recipe.Now i want to make this one too.thanks for sharing...i love anything chocolaty:-P

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Vegetation said...

Mmmm fudge. I love it!

Bharti said...

I love this fudge. It brings back memories of lonavala. They have a store there that's famous for its choc fudge.

Avisha said...

First time here and also new to blogging.Speaking of sweets First of all the Choc Burfi/Fudge looks yummy.I do love to make sweets but somehow dont eat them much.

Akal's Saappadu said...

I've never heard of this custom/ practice... anyway, I belong to one of those categories who never leave anything, I take profit, or at least try to take profit of each minute I have in life... and also take every opportunity to prepare / buy/ eat sweets, heheheh

the chocolate burfi, hmmmm, that is extremely tempting!

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