WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!
2013 was a good one in many ways. We moved to Houston for good. Here, I found a wonderful friend circle. I got back to my hobby of writing and gave it a new form by starting my website ‘Mothers Gurukul’. My daughter started Kindergarten. I always wanted to continue studying and stay connected to management field, so I joined and completed few courses. And most important, we had a memorable time with my in-laws and later with my parents. So, overall 2013 was full of wonderful things.
Today, I was actually going to post something in Parenting section but since its the beginning of New Year, lets start with something sweet. Let’s Make Dry Fruits Burfi.
This dry fruits burfi is very nutritious and should be eaten in winters as all the ingredients generates heat in your body. It can be served during Upwaas/Vrat. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.
You will need:
- Unsalted Cashews- 1 cup
- Unsalted Almonds- 1 cup
- Dessicated coconut- 2 cups (dry roast)
- Dink powder (edible gum powder)- 1/2 cup
- Saunth/Sonth powder (Dry ginger powder)- 1/2 cup
- Khaskhas (poppy seeds)- 1/2 cup
- Ghee- 2 tablespoons
- Sugar- equal the amount of the total powdered mixture
- Water- 1 cup
- Before starting the process, first grease the plate and keep it aside.
- In a deep pan put Ghee (sugar will not stick to the bottom because of ghee) , mix sugar and water, let it boil to make one string syrup (ek tari paak). It will start to look sticky. (For ek tari paak- Put a drop of solution on a plate and touch it with your finger, OR Test between thumb and forefinger, a long string will form which means your syrup has reached ‘one string consistency’.)
Few last steps:
- Add the powdered mixture to the syrup, keep stirring with other hand otherwise the syrup will start forming crystals. For this if you find any help then it will be great.
- Turn off the heat.
- Transfer this mixture to the greased plate. Press it gently. You can use a steel bowl (katori), apply some ghee at the bottom from outside and then use it to press the mixture. or use a plastic sheet, apply some ghee and then press.
- Let it cool down a bit.
- Cut it in desired shapes.
- For fancier look, you can add few drops of food color to the mixture if desired. OR Saffron strands.
- You can increase or decrease the amount of dry fruits as per your choice and from your health point of view.
- If you like Gur (jaggery) taste then instead of Sugar you can use half Gur and half Sugar.