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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Coconut Burfi Recipe - Thengai Burfi Recipe | Easy Diwali Sweets Recipes

Coconut Burfi
Coconut Burfi / Thengai Burfi is hubbys fav and my MIL is an expert in making this. To me she makes the best coconut burfis - perfect in texture and shape too. As diwali is nearing, I wanted to try this simple and tasty sweet with easy to get ingredients too. I posted this long back since I updated with stepwise and new pics now, wanted to make it as a new post so here you go :)
Coconut Burfi Recipe

Coconut Burfi Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Coconut grated - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Cashews broken - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 2 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp [optional]


  1. Add little ghee, roast the broken cashews till golden brown and keep aside.Grease a plate/tray with ghee and keep it ready. Take wide bottomed non stick pan add sugar and water mix well till sugar dissolves completely and starts bubbling.
    How to make coconut burfi - Step1
  2. Keep stirring continuosly, cook till a single string consistency : If you take a drop between your thumb and index finger you can see a single string forming as shown in the 2nd thumbnail - thats the right consistency. At this stage add coconut.You can even grind the coconut coarsely before adding it.
    How to make coconut burfi - Step2
  3. Combine and keep stirring till bubbles star forming at the edges. At this stage add ghee.
    How to make coconut burfi - Step3
  4. Then add cashews and cardamom powder and give a quick stir. After 3-5mins it will start thickening and form a mass without sticking and starts coming off easily from the sides of the pan - At this stage switch it off.
    How to make coconut burfi - Step4
  5. Transfer the mixture to the tray and cut into squares when its still warm. Cool down completely then store it in airtight container.
    How to make coconut burfi - Step5
I love it when it still warm, juicy yummy burfis!!!
Thengai Burfi Recipe

My Notes:

  • While scrapping the coconut take care not to scrap till the brown sides.If you like ur burfi to be very fine then grind the coconut once in mixie, but I prefer the orginal coarse texture so didnt do it.
  • Testing the sugar syrup is not that difficult, First the sugar syrup becomes very sticky only then single string consistency is reached. If you are a first timer like me check it every now and then till the desired consistency is reached.
  • You can even roast the coconut separately before adding to the sugar syrup.
  • When the desired stage is reached act very fast and transfer to the greased plate, else the burfis would become hard.
  • Make sure you cool them only for 10 mins else marking pieces will be difficult.
Thengai Burfi Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Reminds me of my teenage ears, the only sweet i ever made during that time was coconut burfi,, it is so long ago i have made them, yours look so good.

  2. Its in my try list,will make it soon :) pretty clicks :)

  3. looks yummy and very tempting

  4. Generally I mix all ingredients and stir them till the mass thickens up but I will definitely try this way.

  5. looks yummy love the second last click

  6. Love coconut Burfi.. My mom used to make it.. But I havent tried though..

    Divya's Culinary Journey

  7. Very tempting burfis, well explained too

  8. One of the first sweet dishes I ever learnt to make,love the simplicity of the recipe!

  9. My favorite too and I make it every Deepavali. Looks like Deepavali has already started at your place?

  10. this recipe makes me think of my grandma sharmee thanks for reminding me! and the pics are so good!

  11. looks tempting & delicious...mouthwatering!

  12. First time here, traditional dessert with perfect clicks n squares too. Loved it Sharmi!!! Today's recipe - My First Fondant Cake
    Unusual Sundal Yucca Sundal
    Nitha's Kitchen

  13. Looks lovely and delicious.. awesome clicks too :)
    Indian Cuisine

  14. Growing up I have had these a lot. Me being from Kerala - the land of coconuts, you can image how much I must have had these :)
    Your look perfect Sharmi :)

  15. I love coconut burfis and these look moist n inviting

  16. Wow! Perfectly made burfis, I love this a lot, yummy!

  17. Love this extremely addictive burfis.

  18. Diwali sweet for sure! My younger one loves this.

  19. absolutely mouthwatery...love ur fascinating presentation Sharmi..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  20. Love coconut burfi, looks tempting

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  21. My mom used to prepare this!!! Very clear explanation n tempting burfis!!!

  22. A fav at home..always..This has been a diwali special at our place year after year..Looks perfect Sharmi :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  23. That looks great. I have seen those before but didn't know the name.

  24. hi how long can we keep this barfi? how long does it last thanx

  25. @Aditi : Stays good atleast for 4-5 days without refrigeration.

  26. I love coconut burfi.. i love in germany and its difficult to get fresh coconut.. but get very good dessicated coconut powder.. Will the recipe work with dessicated coconut?

  27. @Dhivya : Dessicated coconut is dried variety as far as I know so not sure whether it will be ok....

  28. @Vini : Thanks so much for notifying...have left comment in the link...am deleting ur comment too to avoid publicity for her space :)

  29. I tried this. Just took it out of the stove one minute late. It became little powdery. Any suggestions to make it right. Can I grind it with little water and stir for some time and try again?

    1. The sugar syrup should be just right and also switching off is more important....only then you will get burfis...may be next time be more careful :)

    2. your dishes are awesome....especially guiding us with pics step by step...thanks.God bless u.

    3. Simply awesome...your doing a wonderful job...spcl appriciation goes to ur step by step clicks...God bless u... am going to try now. Wish me.


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