Out of all the traditional Indian sweets, coconut burfi is the one easy to make at home sweet that you would find in every part of the India and savored with equal liking for every occasion and festival. It is popularly known as thengai barfi in southern India, kopra pak in Gujarat and as nariyal ki barfi in northern India. Making it at home requires just 3 basic ingredients; fresh coconut, sugar and milk and you can give it your own personal touch by adding either cardamom, saffron or pineapple essence. To give it a richer taste and texture you can either use condensed milk or mawa (khoya) which also helps in binding the mixture. This step by step photo recipe of Nariyal Barfi uses condensed milk (which is easily available in any grocery store) for smoother feel, cashew nuts for extra nutty texture and cardamom powder for nice flavor. Don’t forget to see tips section below give it your personal touch and alternative of using fresh coconut.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2 servings
1 cup scraped Fresh Coconut (without brown skin)
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Condensed Milk
2 tablespoons Milk
1/4 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
3 tablespoons Cashew Nuts, chopped
1/2 tablespoon + 1/2 tablespoon Ghee
Grease a plate or a mold with 1/2 tablespoon ghee and keep it aside. This plate will be used for setting the mixture once ready in step-6. Take grated or scraped fresh coconut, 1/2 tablespoon ghee and sugar in a non-stick kadai or heavy based pan and heat it over medium flame.
Stir continuously and cook until mixture turns light golden brown; it will take around 10 minutes.
Add condensed milk and milk.
Stir continuously and cook until mixture turns thick (as shown in the photo); it will take around 4-5 minutes. Add cashew nuts and cardamom powder.
Mix well and turn off the flame.
Pour prepared mixture into greased plate.
Spread evenly using spatula. Let it cool down for 8-10 minutes to room temperature.
Cut nariyal burfi into diamond or square shaped pieces using knife or spatula. When it cools completely, remove the pieces from the plate and enjoy.
Tips and Variations:
If you don’t have an access to fresh coconut then use desiccated coconut powder (dry coconut) as its replacement. It will require you to add 3 tablespoons water in step-1 to prevent sugar from turning brown.
If you prepare coconut barfi in monsoon (when there is more moisture in the air) then make sure that mixture is cooked until it turns thick properly otherwise it will not set and turn gooey when it cools.
Add dissolved saffron or pineapple essence or any of your favorite food essence in step-4 to give it your personal touch.
Do not change the sugar quantity ratio (you can add more if you like it to be sweeter but do not reduce it) otherwise it will not set properly and you will not be able to make square pieces of it.
You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume it within a week.
Taste: Sweet and soft with mild cardamon flavor
Serving Ideas: Enjoy it as dessert after dinner or as a candy anytime you like it.
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