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Homemade Coconut Barfi

We all Sweet tooth and crave sugary desserts comprising of sugar, honey, ghee, and what not ingredients. Indian sweets are rich in appearance and taste as well why makes us go weak on our knees. India being culturally rich with its various traditions, festivals, rituals- Indian cuisines always carry a special place in everyone's heart! There would be no one out there who just shy away from tasting Indian cuisines.

 Ranging from 'Ladoos' of several varieties in the North to the famous 'Payasam'(Kheer) in South India, sweets have always ruled the tastebuds of all of us. Apart from just that, we Indians make these drool-worthy desserts in prominent occasions and festivals! Our country has worldwide demand for sweets which are loved by other countrymen as well.

Coconut Barfi Recipe | How to make coconut barfi | Nariyal Barfi

As August is the prosperous month of the year with the beginning of several auspicious occasions, Krishna Janmashtami is the most awaited annual Hindu festival in the country which marks the birth of Lord Krishna and is celebrated in almost every state with great pomp and show through fasting, prayers, beautiful decorations in temples, children programs presenting skits, 'matki phod' and whatnot!

Ingredients for making 'Coconut Barfi'

  • Grated Coconut 1 large bowl
  • Powdered sugar  400 gms
  • Milk 3 to 4 full cups
  • Milk powder
  • Cardamom powder/Elaichi powder
  • Desi ghee
  • Malai / cream (optional)
  • Yellow food color
  • Rosewater
  • Cut Dryfruits (Cashews, Almonds, Pista, etc)

Method of making 'Coconut Barfi'/ 'Nariyal Barfi'

Coconut barfi is said to be one of the easiest recipes for any beginners to make if they have just learning how to cook.
You can even make 'Nariyal barfi' with the use of condensed milk, milk cream, or mawa! Altogether, the taste remains the same for this rich dessert.
Here we are just gonna use grated coconut, cardamom powder, and milk to the maximum!



As the world right now has slowed down for every one of us, we are left to celebrate Lord Krishna's birthday at home through rituals and fasting. After which we will celebrate the ultimatum gladness by making sweets for our dear ones. 

As every year we make Kheer, Rabadi for Krishna Jayanthi this year we at Easy Recipes bring you with the most special and different South Indian dessert recipe using the richness of 'Coconut' known as 'Coconut Barfi(Nariyal Barfi in Hindi).  We are sure you will definitely love this recipe for good!

Preparation of Coconut and Sugar

  • The coconut we are using here is the desiccated coconutThese are readily available in the market in various amounts depending upon the requirement.
  • You can even make the grated coconut using the regular wet coconut by removing the brown covering/husk of the coconut shell and blending the white part altogether! If you are concern about using natural food, go for this step.
  • For the powdered sugaryou can powder blend the sugar coarse enough to get the one only at your home!
Ingredients for making 'Coconut Barfi'

Preparation of the Coconut fudge/ Nariyal Barfi

  • For clearing all the pre-existing moisture from the coconut,  heat the wok in medium flame and place all the grated coconut mixture, and keep stirring. This should be done for only 2 to 3 minutes to avoid any further burnouts!
  • Turn the flame to low and add 1 and a half cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of ghee.
  • We had taken milk powder- mix the milk powder in 1/2 cup of milk and pour this into the mixture.
Coconut Barfi Recipe | How to make coconut barfi | Nariyal Barfi

  • Keep on stirring the mix till every ingredient dissolves completely well.
  • Now, add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and mix entirely well till the mixture leaves behind enough water around the wok.
  • Add the Elaichi powder and stir well. Remember, you should never skip stirring the mixture!
  • Now, grease a glass tray with the desi ghee else you can use butter paper or the regular foil paper as an alternate or if available. This method of ghee greasing is the best one, I recommend!
  • If you want to add dry fruits such as Kaju, badam, etc, you can add them to the coconut mixture.
  • Now in high flame, stir the mix for few minutes.
  • Transfer half the quantity of the coconut fudge mixture into the greased plate closely together enough to make it look like a thick cake base! Evenly press it so it sets well and intact.
  • Come back to the rest half of the coconut fudge in the wok to be used as a top coating to the final outcome of Nariyal Barfi.
  • Mix yellow food color in 1 to 3 tablespoons of milk and pour the color syrup over the fudge. You can even add RoohAfza or any food color of your choice but remember it must be in relation to yellow or orange!
  • Add a few drops of rose water to give a nice flavor.
  • Now, spread the yellow fudge coconut mixture 'evenly' over the thick white coconut fudge base which we made earlier!
  • In case you are left with small areas to fill, you can substitute the top layer with Pista, Kaju, almonds all being cut in small pieces, and press them mildly so they stay intact. You will see a beautiful coconut cake fudge right in front of you!
  • Let it sit at the normal room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • After all, place the fudge tray in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours to make it set like a cake fudge!
  • Finally, cut the coconut barfi into your desired shape be it diamond, rectangle, square, etc.
  • You can topcoat the Nariyal Barfi with grated coconut powder.
  • You are ready with the delicious, cute coconut barfi all in front of you! It would be best if you serve it after refrigeration to enjoy its rich taste!

What actually is 'Coconut Barfi' or 'Nariyal Barfi'?

Coconut is one of the sweetest staple ingredients used in making curries and sweets in India. Coconut has its special importance in South India. Coconut Barfi is one of the delicious South Indian sweet desserts made during festivals and several other occasions as per the rituals. Nariyal Barfi is made with coconut as the main fudge ingredient, sugar, cardamom powder as additional prominent ingredients to give a rich taste. South Indians believe coconut has the highest nutritional properties and include it in making various mouth-watering dishes! If you are craving something sweet with rich ingredients and texture then this traditional Indian mithai is definitely a treat for you!

Tips on making the best Coconut Barfi

  • CoconutFrozen coconut or the real fresh coconut would taste the best as it makes the sweet more juicy and flavorful. In case you don't have one, don't shy away from using the desiccated coconut available at the grocery store.
  • Blending- Don't ever over-blend the coconut else it will the milk and fats. Use a blender or a food processor while doing the large coconut gratings. Blending and grinding of the coconut must be done carefully with concentration.
  • Milk - You can make this coconut dish with full cream milk to give a rich and delicious taste. If you are a vegan, you can use homemade almond milk or coconut milk itself. You can use the toned milk along with the milk powder as we have done in our recipe.
  • Flavorings- Every 'Indian Mithai' uses various kinds of flavorings in their sweet dishes. In the coconut barfi too, you can use Elaichi powder, rose water, food coloring to give a rich taste as well as a distinctive look to the dish.

Recipe Notes for Nariyal Barfi

  • Adjust the use of sugar as per your preferences and servings.
  • If you want your Nariyal barfi hard, cook for more time than needed. If it has to be soft and melted, cook less.
  • You can garnish the coconut dish with nuts toppings or even the grated coconut.
  • You can refrigerate the dish for a week. It would be best if you consume it within a couple of days. Sweets made of milk should not be stored for long enough.

Bottom Line 

Coconut barfi is a mouthwatering, delicious dish made on several occasions in India! Why buy at sweet shops when you can make it easily only in your kitchen? Sweets made at home symbolize love and affection towards our loved ones. Nariyal barfi can be consumed when you are fasting at home and wish to eat something sweet! This Janmashtami, make coconut barfi for yourself and also your loved ones. Sweets are a symbol of happiness in any festival. Prefer to make sweets at your home rather than spending a bomb on buying it from Halwai, all you need is certain ingredients and some of them are already available at your kitchens! Make this delicious Coconut Barfi at your homes for the upcoming auspicious Krishna's birthday on Janmashtami and share your experiences with us!

Happy Janmashtami to all! 💓


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