Coconut Barfi - Festive Treat

This is my mom's specialty sweet. She makes it the best in the world. No one can match it. I love it!!!


Ingredients:

1 cup fresh grated coconut,
1- 1/2 cup granulated sugar,
1 cup milk,
2 tbsp pure ghee,
1 tsp cardamom powder,


Before you start:
  • Keep a 10 - inch steel plate or square baking tray greased with ghee ready. 

Method:

  1. In a big heavy bottomed kadhai, put the grated coconut, sugar, and milk. Put it on high flame and mix well. Allow it to come to a boil. 
  2. Simmer it and leave it to cook. This will take a good 20 mins. So you have to be patient. Just keep mixing it once in while.
  3. You will see that the color of the mixture starts to become golden in color and thickens quite a bit.
  4. Add the ghee and cardamom powder and keep stirring continuously.
  5. At this stage you need to be very attentive. The mixture will start to froth and crystalize on the sides of the kadhai. Keep scrapping off the sides and stir continously. 
  6. You know its ready when you pass the laddle from the center and the mixture takes a while to come together. Also the color would be a deep golden.
  7. At this stage quickly turn off the heat and pour this into the greased plate.
  8. Gently flatten out the mixture evenly and allow it to cool slightly.
  9. Insert a kinfe at the edge of the plate and if it comes clean, then this is ready to be cut into pieces.
  10. Cut into shape and size of your choice. I chose to cut them into small squares. 
  11. Store in an airtight container.


Enjoy :-)

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