Monday, May 23, 2011

Coconut Chickpea Bars or Besan ki Burfi

So people, what are your plans for the long weekend. excited and  all prepared for family time ?
Here I am sharing something that will make your weekend "Sweeter"
Recently I have been fascinated with lemon and chocolate bars, both the recipes sound/look great.  So I thought of making an Indian version from chickpea (or Besan) & coconut. The chickpea bars (Burfi as we call these) are soft, rich and full of flavor. These are simple yet healthy to nibble bars, anytime/anywhere  - be it a vacation or for a party and can be made ahead and stored for some days.

Chickpea bars with Coconut

The simple recipe to make fresh and soft Chickpea Bars... !

Ingredients: -
1 cup besan (chickpea flour or gram flour)
1 cup ground sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup whole milk
1 cup ghee
1/4 Cup Sliced almonds

1 Tsp Crushed Cardamon

Fresh cardamom pods, almonds and milk creates magic in the bars

Desi ghee (clarified butter) adds to the flavor
Method: -
Collect all the ingredients and keep handy. 
The only tip in making the bars is to keep stirring the flour continuously as it gets burnt quickly. 
Heat ghee & roast besan on low heat till nice aroma develops. Keep stirring the flour continously.

Now slowly add milk and freshly crushed cardamoms, while stirring to avoid lumps. 
Add sugar, coconut (keep a few spoons handy for topping up later). 
Cook for about 20 mins on low heat. Keep stirring very frequently. 
Check the sugar and adjust to taste. Sprinkle sliced almonds at this stage.
When the mix stops sticking to the wall of vessel, it is ready to be poured.
Grease a big plate or layer it with parchment paper. Pour mixture and flatten on top with spatula.

Leave it aside for almost 30 mins too cool down & firm up.
Use a sieve to sprinkle grated coconut powder on the top evenly.

Cool and cut into squares or diamonds with a sharp knife. 

These flavorful, soft and sweet bars are ready !

This can stay and taste good for almost a week if refrigerated.

A small bundle of my Besan Burfi & Chickpea Bars, ready to go for vacation.

These are perfectly sweet and soft, ready to eat... !

I've packed up my little bundles for the weekend. 
Hope you guys have an awesome time with family and friends too.... !


  1. they look super delicious n elegant ~ I can almost taste them and want to grab a few :)
    US Masala

  2. Chickpea Bars with Coconut? Please count me in!!! I could imagine the whole flavors mixed together.It would be a wonderful sweet treat to taste :)

    Loving the step by step photos!



  3. They look very appetizing! I love the little brass (?) pot with the star designs on it! What is it called?

  4. Looks really good! Nice combo with chickpeas and coconut.

  5. I think I have tried this before but I didn't know the name. My neighbor friend buy this from Indian market and she sometimes invited me for chai with this. It's very unique snack compared to all the snacks I know. Once I start eating, I know my hand goes to a second piece... It's very good, and I can't imagine how homemade one would be. Must be soooo good....

  6. I have never tried these before, it is very unique and sounds so delicious. Thanks for sharing, will try this soon!

  7. Lovely bars/burfi....just beautiful color wid nice texture..:)

  8. These do look like lemon bars..I love besan burfi and combining it with coconut will make me go nuts for this.

  9. Wat a prefect looking elegant burfi, stunning clicks..

  10. Elegant & super delicious!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  11. Oh my goodness ... these look wonderful! Your pictures are making my mouth water!! :-) I love your site ... and your recipes. I've added you to my blog roll and will be visiting often. And ... you'll be mentioned in my post tomorrow (5/25/11) ... hope you'll have a chance to stop in. :-)

  12. Oh these look awesome!! I just bought chick peas today so I now know what I will be using them for.

  13. That's very creative...a dessert with chickpea flour! Looks so soft, chewy, and moist.

  14. Sonia- thanks you for your kind comments on my blog about my windowseat!

    This post is making me so hungry! And the photographs are beautiful - they could be in a magazine!


  15. Thank you for stopping by and saying kind words on my blog! I love Indian cuisine and frankly am always afraid what I find in books or on the web is not 100% Indian... I have just discovered here I have a chance to learn! Your blog is wonderful!
    I would have never thought chickpeas can be used in sweet dishes. It sounds very intriguing and looks very yummy!

  16. I have done many things with chickpeas but making them into a dessert is not one of them. THIS LOOKS AWESOME. Where on earth did you get this idea (did I miss that in the post). I think lemon pairs perfectly with the slightly sweet touch of the chickpeas rather than any other type of beans. So much fun too!

  17. These bars have one of my favorite ingredients... cardamom! YUM! They look wonderful!

  18. Wow, Ive never heard of these before, how unusual and they look wonderful!

  19. Wow, this are very interesting bars...chickpea and coconut? You are very creative as they look awesome. Beautifully done. Hope you are having a great week Sonia :-)

  20. These sound so good!!! I love everything on the ingredient list, but never in a million years would I think to combine them.


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