Sunday, December 13, 2009

Coconut burfi

I continue from my last post on my love and craving for 'desi' sweets and desserts around this time of the year. The celebratory atmosphere is just infectious, isn't it? A time to let go and forget about the calories for a change - after all the time to make new resolutions is not far!

Coconut burfi is what's on the menu today. Another one of my childhood favourites. Although we rarely made it at home, it was regularly seen around the house when we would have guests over. And I would wait for the guests to leave so I could eat them all up! Haha! Fun times!
Anyways, for those not familiar with a burfi - it is a fudge like Indian sweet and is prepared with a lot of different ingredients and flavours - the popular ones being cashew, almond, coconut, or just with thickened milk.

So here is the recipe.
4 cups finely grated coconut
1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
4-5 cardamom pods - seeded and crushed
Pistachios for garnish

Traditionally, a fresh coconut is used, and of course it gives the best results. But since it is not so readily available here, the dry one from the grocery store works fine and is quick and convenient.
Dry roast the coconut on medium-low heat for a couple of minutes until it releases the typical coconut-y aroma (around 8-10 minutes). Sprinkle the crushed cardamom seeds and stir. Add in the condensed milk and stir. Continue stirring until it all starts to clump up - this should take only about 3 - 4 minutes. At this time, pour it onto a greased plate. Flatten it out evenly and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Allow it to set in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to an hour. Take it out, cut it into squares and garnish with pistachios. Share

18 comments:

  1. Wow! Burfi looks perfect and pretty in pink!

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  2. Hi, This is my first visit here. Your recipes are all so luring!
    Looking forward to many more visits here.

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  3. Yeah, I love eating this! My hubby's neighbour used to give them this little treat during Deepavali. Really delicious sweet! yum... But my children don't like taking it plain. They like it with chocolate coated.

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  4. Never had this -but I'd like to change all that, believe me!! Yummm.

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  5. Wow thats awesome , wonderful click as well.

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  6. Looks really pretty and a twist on the traditional unroasted-coconut burfi recipe! Will try it!

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  7. Awesome Collections of Desserts...I liked your Blog's name 'Snacksgiving',very Innovative and Unique.....Keep Up The Good Work!!I will be more often,since I am Following u..

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  8. Burfi looks yumm and perfect in pink..Love u'r blog!!

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  9. Wow!! Such a perect looking Burfi..Yummy!!!!
    first time here...lovely space..

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  10. What a gorgeous treat!

    best wishes for 2010!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. it looks yummy.....am followng u....keep on sharing dear

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  12. Hi there,
    lovely recipes...lovely pics
    new in ur blog but m already in love wit it...
    will be back for more.
    Cheers,
    Chetana
    www.indulgence9.blogspot.com
    www.dairiesofmumnson.wordpress.com

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  13. Looks delicious! What gives it that pink colour?

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  14. That is heavenly! You have a nice space out here! following u now!

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  15. We have lots of fresh coconuts growing just outside our door - will have to make this!

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