How to make Mohanthal -

A rich besan burfi with loads of dried fruits.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Coarse gram flour (besan) (मोटा बेसन का आटा), Ghee (घी)

Cuisine : Gujarati

Course : Mithais

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Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism.  The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat.  The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion.  The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Difficult

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Mohanthal Recipe

  • Coarse gram flour (besan) 2 cups

  • Ghee 3/4 cup +1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Milk 4 tablespoons

  • Sugar 1 1/2 cups

  • Nutmeg powder a pinch

  • Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Almonds blanched and slivered 10

  • Pistachios blanched and slivered 10


Step 1

Heat 2 tbsps milk in a non stick pan. Add 1½ tbsps ghee and heat till it melts. Place gram flour in a bowl, add the milk-ghee mixture and mix with fingertips till it resembles breadcrumbs.

Step 2

Pass it through thick sieve, pressing lightly to remove lumps. Cook together ½ cup water and 1½ cups sugar to make a syrup.

Step 3

Heat ¾ cup ghee in a non stick pan, add the sieved gram flour and saute on medium heat, stirring continuously, till fragrant and dark in colour.

Step 4

Cook the syrup till it gets 1½ string consistency. Grease an aluminium burfi tray. Add nutmeg powder and green cardamom powder to the gram flour and mix well.

Step 5

Set aside to cool completely.Add 2 tbsps milk to the sugar syrup and mix well. Add the syrup, little by little, to the gram flour mixture and mix well.

Step 6

Pour into the greased tray and spread evenly. Sprinkle almonds and pistachios over the gram flour mixture and press lightly. Set aside to cool completely. Cut into squares, separate the pieces and serve.

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