Sathu Maavu Burfi

In India, there is a type of flour called “Sathu maavu” in Tamil, which is made from a combination of grains, nuts, and dhals. This flour is high in protein and is often used to make “Kanji” (porridge). To make sweet porridge, milk and sugar are added, while for a sour version, buttermilk and salt are added.

As it can be time-consuming to make this flour at home, many people buy it ready-made from the market. Many food processing companies sell this flour as “Health Mix Powder” under their own brand name.

I made this burfi using “Manna Sathu Maavu”. Also try the mango burfi recipe.

  • Mango Burfi

    Difficulty: Medium

    It is mango season, so we can get fresh fruits to make this Burfi. If it is off-season, we can use ready-made mango pulp available in stores. This Burfi is made with mango, Besan flour and cashew nuts.

Sathu Maavu Burfi

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: SweetsCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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A Burfi made with Sathu Maavu and milk powder.


  • Sathu Maavu (Health Drink Mix) – 2 cups

  • Milk Powder – 1 cup

  • Sugar – 1 and 1/2 cup

  • Ghee – 2 tablespoons


  • In a pan, melt a tablespoon of ghee and add sathu maavu. Fry for two to three minutes on a medium flame and remove from stove.
  • Add milk powder to the fried flour and mix well. Set aside.
  • In a separate pan, heat half a cup of water and add sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat when bubbles start to form.
  • Add the flour and stir continuously until the mixture thickens.
  • Add the remaining ghee and mix until it forms a soft dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased plate and let cool.
  • Cut into desired shapes and enjoy!
  • If desired, you can add cardamom powder, vanilla essence, or chopped nuts to the burfi.


  1. Hi kamala mam, your recipes are all superb. I just came back again to you to remind of rasgolla recipe. waiting for that recipe in your blog.Rasgulla is one of my favorite sweet too and your way of explaining recipes to make, makes it easier for us to cook. thanks. suchithra

  2. Can I use Lactogen powder instead of milk powder

  3. Can i use milk instead of milk powder in burfies.. then could u please give me the qty

    • Apsara,

      If you use milk, it will take more time to get the right consistency. You have to stir for a long time till the water content in the milk is absorbed. Moreover, if you cook for more time, the taste may differ. Instead you can use “Khoya”. If you want to use milk, first boil and allow to reduce to 1/3rd of its quantity and then add the remaining ingredients.

  4. Ramya Purushothaman

    Hai Kamala mam,
    Just now I had tried this recipe. It turned good. but in that recipe sugar syrup (as above mentioned measurement) is not enough for the flour & milk powder what can I do to improve the texture ? can you explain to me?

    • Hi Ramya,

      The quantity mentioned in my recipe is perfect for the burfi I made with “Manna” Brand flour. I am not sure which brand you used. If you feel the sugar is not enough, you can increase it and to improve the texture you have to add more ghee.

  5. Ramya Purushothaman

    Ok Mam noted with Thanks.

  6. mam your receipes are so good .Pls soon post rasagulla receipe for me

  7. What is Sathu Maavu (Health Drink Mix)?Where can I get it? Is there any substitutes for it?

    • Hi Nithar,

      It is a powder prepared by mixing different grains/dhals/nuts. You can make it at home, but it is time consuming. In all the grocery stores it is sold by different brand names.

  8. Hello kamala mam. Nice to go thro all ur reciepes. Can u pl suggest me any sweet to be prepared using fruit With our using food colour . And which is unique.

  9. Hello Ma’am,
    Such a gr8 innovation with sathu maavu…Iam sure kids will love this way rather than the regular kanji.Can I make with home made sathu mavu also?

  10. Mam, for wat purpose we should mix the milk powder? can i make the burfi without milk powder?

  11. That was cool recipe!!! Every time when I prepare some sweet I felt like something’s missing.but,not this time ofcourse…thank you.

  12. Hello Ma’am, I live in Canada. I am unable to get the powder. Will it be possible to let me know of the ingredients? I can make the powder first and then make the burfi. I try to make all your healthy recipes.

  13. I tried this recipe today madam the taste was very good but i could not get burfi shapes because mixture didn’t turn out to be soft dough. i used manna health mix. The flour mixture went out like puttu. but sugar taste is enough. Where should i correct to get correct burfi shapes. Please help

    • May be you have overcooked. I also used Manna health mix only. Once the sugar starts boiling, reduce the heat and add the flour mix and stir well. It will become soft dough now. Add ghee and immediately transfer to the greased plate. If you cook it on high flame for long time, the sugar will get crystalised and the mixture will be like puttu only. If you feel the water quantity is less, first put the sugar in a vessel and add enough water to cover the sugar completely.

  14. thank you for ur reply madam, i shall try again and i shall follow ur instructions.

  15. Can v use milk instead of milk powder?

  16. this recipe was mouth watering
    i tryed it today
    it is healthy and a yummy recipe

  17. but will it stay for some days, or consumed on the same day?

  18. Usha ranganathan

    Good recipe. I will try this

  19. Hi
    If i have to add milk instead of milk powder, at what stage should i add and how much quantity of milk should i add. Pls reply. My kids dont like to have kanji so i thought of giving this one. This looks interesting.

    • If you want to usemilk, you can put the milk in a heavy bottomed kadai and bring to boil. Then reduce the heat and add sathu maavu powder and sugar and stir continuously till it become thick and proceed.

  20. Hi Mam,

    How long can we store this burfi (in fridge or outside) ??

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