Thursday, 17 November 2011

Beating winters simply

Winter means cold weather and often people fall prey to diseases like flu.  But there are some simple ways to beat cold and I'm going to share one of them with you today.  It's called Besan ki barfi or simply Besan. 


250 Gms Besan (chickpea flour)
250 Gms Ghee (clarified butter)
Single string Chashni (Sugar syrup made in such a manner that it forms a single string when it flows)
Powdered khus-khus (poppy seeds)
Almonds (whole or crushed)


Heat ghee in a wok.  Add besan to heated ghee and heat till the fragrance of besan fills the house.  Take it off the flame.  Add powdered poppy seeds and almonds and mix well.  Add sugar syrup to it and continue mixing.  It should be semi-liquid.

Take a metal plate with rim and butter it.  Pour the mixture in it and let it lie for 7-8 hours.  It will become solid.

After that cut it into small square pieces with a knife and take it out carefully and store.

You can store it for some time if you manage not to finish it that is :-)

It is easy to make and the most crucial part is making the chashni or the sugar syrup.  If you are unable to make perfect sugar syrup you may end up with either too soft or too hard barfi or it may be too sweet or not sweet enough. 


It helps reinforce immunity during winters and is considered a good remedy for cold.  Besan is very rich in proteins and is good for health.

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