Wednesday, April 6, 2016

E - Eraun ji Mithai / Eraun ji Barfi / Bottle gourd Fudge / Lauki ki Barfi

BM # 63
Day : 5
Theme: Regional Cuisine 
Cuisine : Sindhi

On the fifth day of our Journey through Cuisines I have Eraun ji Barfi. Eraun is bottle gourd ! Frankly speaking this word Eraun was totally new to me, even though it is a Sindhi word. I heard it for first time from Alka of Sindhi Rasoi. While discussing my list with her, she suggested Eraun jo Seero...and I wondered what Eraun was, she explained that this was the word used by Shikarpuri community of Sindhis. My elder daughter is in a Shikarpuri family, so while speaking to her mother in law , the Eraun was confirmed and the Seero , which is a Halwa was transformed to a Barfi.

Shikarpur is a city in Pakistan, and the people belonging to that city are called Shikarpuris. People belonging to the different cities in Pakistan were called by those names.Let me tell you that all Sindhis are not Anis! The Sindhi surnames are derived from place of origin, birth, occupation, caste, title among others .Most of the -ANI surnames are made with adding -ANI to a personal name. Then we have Sindhi surnames based on place names, based on professions, based on castes, based on the title ( Chaudhry, Mukhia). Some surnames have Ja suffix while some have pal suffix,so we have Nagpals, Ahujas, Khannas , Mukhis, Thakurs too along with many Anis. So , beside Anis there are other surnames of Sindhis too. So more communities, we have more names, a benefit to us bloggers.

Earun ji Mithai

500 gms earun / bottle gourd
125 gms sugar
125 gms khoya
2 tbsp ghee 
1 tsp cardamom powder
Khoya, saffron , nuts for garnish

Choose a soft bottle gourd.
Peel and wash it.
If it has seeds, then discard the center part of it.
Grate the bottle gourd.
Squeeze out the excess water.
In a non stick pan add a teaspoon of ghee and add the bottle gourd.
Let it cook till almost dry, add sugar.
This will ooze out moisture , let it dry.
As soon as it dries add the grated khoya and another tsp of ghee.
Cook again till complete dry.
Remove a teaspoon and cool .after it has cooled down try making a ball if it binds well then the Barfi shall bind, else you still need to cook.
Remove in a greased tray.
Grate some khoya on top.
Leave it to set for 2-3 hours.
Cut into pieces.
Garnish with saffron and nuts.

I am linking this post to A-Z Challenge also.

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  1. I always thought only Anis are Sindhi. It is nice to know more about the surnames. Bottle gourd barfi is yummy.

  2. Love the color of burfi. Appealing to the eyes as well as to the tummy

  3. Eraun aka bottle gourd fudge looks so perfect,just like store bought.Lovely choice for E.

  4. Love the name Vaishali! Eraun! And it is so true that being diverse may cause some problems but there is one big advantage for us Foodies. We get to taste so many varieties. :) :) That barfi is awesome.

  5. I thought some of those surnames belonged to Punjabis. :))
    I have never prepared burfi with lauki though I prepare halwa sometimes. And so can guess that is one awesome dessert.

  6. This is my favorite of all the halwas or barfis!! Stunning appearance inspite of not using food color!!

  7. You have gone miles in your research. I recently made lauki burfi and really liked it. Love the khoya on top.

  8. this picture is stunning...i gorged a lot on barfis as a kid, off late, given up, as i have no control

  9. How did you get that saffron tint on top so well? soak in milk and sprinkle on top or is it done differently? I'm gonna try making this today :)

    1. The saffron has been soaked in water and then scrubbed well in a tiny mortar. I have used a pastry brush to apply this.

  10. Awesome burfi has turned out so well..and a nice info on the surnames..:)

  11. The burfis look so beautiful. Love the khoya topping.

  12. OH oh ohhhh! It is 9:15am, UK time, and I am SO ready to hit the kitchen!!!

  13. What an info. Vaishali thanks for that and burfi looks so delicious...

  14. Wow, burfi with bottle gourd sounds delicious. They look very pretty with the khoya on top :-)

  15. Bottle gourd burfi? superb man.. love that color and texture.

  16. Nice research and thanks for sharing nice information about the surnames... The barfi is just mouthwatering Vaishali:)

  17. U sure are a food historian ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š and that barfi looks divine ! My elder one loves lauki / doodhi halva and would
    Like this khoya topped barfi a lot . Thanks for another bookmark :))

  18. Burfi with bottle gourd sounds interesting and turned out so well.Nice info about the surnames.

  19. Dont torture us like this, this barfi is simply alluring and looks out of the world. Cant take my eyes from ur clicks.

  20. Interesting burfi vaishali. You have really done a good amount of research for this recipe. And nice information on the surnames

  21. presented so beautifully with the two colors

  22. Looks beautiful vaishali! Love that saffron tinge on top such a rich and yummy dessert!!!

  23. yummy barfi... very beautifully prepared

  24. Loved the colour Vaishali. This barfi looks very inviting