Make Something Sweet…Coconut Burfi

When Brad and I had our Vedic wedding ceremony, a coconut featured prominently in the ritual. After it was over we were told that we should take the coconut home and make something sweet with it.

Well. Brad and I had never cooked with a whole coconut before! We had only ever purchased canned coconut milk.

Internet to the rescue!

Brad read up on how to open the coconut.

I found a recipe for coconut burfi. There are a number of different styles of burfi (sometimes called Indian Fudge, the word means “ice” or “snow” in Hindi).

Here is the recipe we used…


• 2 cups Scraped Coconut Shreds
• 1 cup Sugar
• 1-1/2 cup Water
• 2 tbsp Milk
• 1 tbsp Ghee
• 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder

How to make Coconut Burfi:

Heat a pan, add the coconut shreds and fry gently over moderate heat.

When the coconut milk moisture is somewhat lessened, remove it from heat.

Now in a seperate vessel, boil water over moderate heat.

When the water boils, add the sugar and keep on stirring till the sugar water boils.

Add the milk to the boiling sugar syrup.

When the sugar syrup reaches a thick syrupy stage, add the fried coconut shreds to it.

Stir constantly till the coconut and sugar syrup are blended thickly and stickily together.

Now add the ghee and cardamom seeds powder.

Stir till the mixture looks thick, remove from the heat and pour into a ghee-smeared table or plate.

Flatten the surface evenly with the help of an oiled flat slice.

When cold, cut into squares or diamond shapes and serve.


Ours did not turn out quite right. It didn’t gel the way it should have and was liquidy, like syrup with coconut flakes in it. I probably didn’t let it sit long enough! It was hard not to try to eat it immediately :)

Despite its strange appearance and the sticky fingers it gave us, it was super delicious! So I’m calling that a success.

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  • Harsh Wardhan Gunthey

    You should have let the syrup simmer for longer time till it coated the spoon and had honey like consistency at this stage it wold have set like a soft cake.

    • Ambaa

      It got pretty thick! But I guess not thick enough.


    Live coconuts have a lot of water contents, It works better if you had used dried desicated coconut out of a packet. This will also void a step of frying as well. :)

    • Ambaa

      Maybe next time, but we were doing this because we had a whole coconut that we were instructed by the Pandit to make something sweet out of. So we had to learn to use a whole coconut!


    BTW when you go to the saibaba group next time ask few women on how to make few methai. I think this is the best way to learn the skills that’s have been passed on from generations. Good luck.

    • Ambaa

      That is a great idea