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Saturday, October 29, 2016

7 cups burfi or 7 cup cake is an easy Diwali sweet recipe that even beginners in cooking can make. In this post, we will learn how to make this easy sweet with step by step pictures and full video. This has been my long time wish to try this easy sweet and asking my friends if they make. My MIL told this recipe luckily, 2 days back that she saw this in Jaya TV in cookery show by Mrs.Revathy Shanmugam mam. I know she is one of the very few whose recipes are genuine and  turn out perfect too. I know this sweet is very famous as it is easy to make and the recipe is also very simple to remember. But we have never made this at our home and this is the first time I am making and tasting too. While my MIL told the recipe during our Skype call, I am not sure if I noted down wrongly or what, but somehow I wrote the sugar ratio wrongly. And followed blindly the recipe, took video. But the result was a delicious halwa, not burfi. It was very flavourful and delicious. Only that instead burfi, it was halwa.

Then when I saw the recipe, the sugar quantity was too less for a burfi. So I added more and got the burfi right. So let's learn how to make 7 cups burfi! And now I know the name 7 cups is just for holding the 7 ingredients, not all the ingredient in same quantity.

7 cups burfi video

7 cups burfi recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Sweets
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 15 mins   Makes: 20

Click here for cup measurements


Chickpea flour/ kadalai mavu/ besan - 1/2 cup

Milk - 1/2 cup

Coconut, grated - 1/2 cup

Sugar - 1 & 1/2 cup

Ghee - 1/4 cup

Cashew, powdered - 1/4 cup

Cardamom - 1, powdered

How to make 7 cups burfi

  1. First roast besan in 2 tsp of ghee well until fragrant. Do it in medium flame, do not let the besan change its colour. Keep a greased tray ready.
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  3. Add ghee and mix well without lumps, you can use whisk.
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  5. Add rest of the ingredients and mix well.
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  7. Keep mixing until the mixture turns frothy. First, it will be frothy at the middle of the pan.At one stage, the whole mixture will turn frothy. So we are close to the final stage. keep flame in medium or low.When the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan, follows the ladle.
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  9. Pour to a greased tray and level quickly. The tray will be too hot now, so handle carefully.
  10. how to make 7 cups burfi step 5
  11. Once warm enough to handle, invert and tap the tray gently.
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  13. Using a knife, cut into squares or into desired shapes.
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  • I always make the entire process in medium flame, this ensures a good texture to the burfi.
  • Cut the pieces when it is warm, if cools down, the pieces break.
  • You can add almonds in place of cashews. Or mixture of both.

This turns out very flavourful and delicious sweet, that is easy to prepare too!

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  1. Hi raji, a big silent follower if your blog. Just saw if u have mentioned y this name to this burfi, thought of sharing. If we add cups of ingredients we used it comes seven which will yield a perfect one. Gram flour, grated coconut, milk, ghee each one cup which makes four in total. Added to 3 cups of sugar makes seven cup cake. Urs have come out perfect. Tempting..

  2. Forgot to add, even u can add all the ingredients in pan and then place on stove. Still it will come well. This would b useful for ppl who have never tried sweets b4 yet wanted to do.

  3. perfectly made burfi... I too have not tasted it... I made your tirunelveli halwa and posted it in my blog...it came out super awesome...the measurements you gave are perfect... Thank you

  4. Hey Rak's...thsnkd for this post..
    I tried it...it turned out well but I think its a lot on the sweeter side...

  5. Perfect square. Looks Nice. Where do u get this burfi tray?

    1. It is a baking tray, I got it in metro sale here in Singapore

  6. Melody.Sooper presentation.A tip.Use a scale to measure and calculate to get even squares so no wastage as in the bottom side.

    1. Nice tip, I too do at times, but actually I don't waste it, I eat it :) Does shape matters to us? ;)

  7. Dear Rajeswari, these easy diwali recipes were exactly what I was looking for. The quality and amount of pictures you used to describe the cooking process really made understanding it pretty easy.
    Jennifer Brooks


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