Seven cups cake/ burfi


BM# 71: Week 3; Day 1
Theme: Make a meal
Dish: 7 cupcake

This post really is from far in the past. Its been sitting in the drafts folder for over an year. My mother in law prepared this when we had our friends over for lunch. She had prepared a full meals that was absolutely amazing. Except for a couple of dishes, she made the entire thali by herself.

7 cupcake was amma’s dessert of choice and she prepared it a day ahead. I have had my shares of burfi failures when I started out cooking, so this is not something I would try confidently. But since I took the stepwise pictures when amma was cooking, I thought it was a good idea to put it up here in case I feel like giving it a try down the lane.

The burfi was the melt in the mouth kind and we all raved about it for many days after the meals. She had made a big batch, but still it got over the same day itself. That’s the power of the burfi :-).

Read on for the pictorial.




Take 1 cup of gram flour (kadala mavu) in a thick bottom pan.


Add 1 cup of milk.


Pulse (don’t grind) 1 cup coconut in a mixie  to get evenly sized shredded coconut. Add this to the pan.


Add 1 cup ghee.


Sugar is 3 times the measure of the other ingredients. So 3 cups of sugar goes in.


Mix everything well before switching on the gas. Try to get as much lump out as possible.


Switch on the gas and keep mixing until it cooks to a dosa batter or cake batter consistency. This takes time, about 30 minutes.


Yup. Its time to take off the heat.


Keep stirring even after taking out of the stove.


You are looking for the stage where you know its getting thicker a bit.


Transfer to a greased tray. You can press the top with a greased dish to get a smooth top. This is optional.


Let it cool for 15-20 minutes. Before it becomes a solid, cut it into pieces of your preferred size. Let it cool completely. Take off the pieces and store in an air tight container.

Recipe source: My MIL

Serves : about 75 small pieces when we used 1.5 cups


  • 1 cup gram flour (kadala mavu)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup coconut, pulsed in the blender to smooth out a little bit
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 3 cups sugar

All together 5 ingredients and 7 cups. The proportion is 1:1:1:1:3. So you can change the measure accordingly.


  1. Add all the ingredients in a thick bottom pan. Mix and take out as many lumps as possible.
  2. Switch on the stove and start cooking this. Keep stirring until it starts reducing and thickening.
  3. You have to stop cooking when you reach a dosa batter or cake batter consistency. Around 30 minutes.
  4. At this point, take off the heat and keep stirring until thickens a little more.
  5. Transfer to a greased plate and after about 20 minutes, using a pizza cutter, cut into desired sized pieces. Don’t take out of the plate until its completely cooled and has become a solid.
  6. Once its set and has become a solid, take out and store in an airtight container.



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