Is there any celebration without sweets???

Diwali, the festival of lights is around the corner, this festival is celebrated by almost everyone in India. However, it is celebrated in its full spirit and full extend in North India. While thinking about diwali so many good memories flashes through my mind: non-stop fireworks, lights, lots of sweets and joy. I am a huge fan of fireworks and have never let go the chance to burst the crackers. I still remember how I went by myself to buy firecrackers and came home with almost all the crackers I could find at the store, I did this when I was only 8 or 9 years old. My dad got so mad at me and he had to go to the store again to return all those dangerous firecrackers I’d bought, I cried like crazy on that day. Unlike here, in India we don’t need any permit to burst the firecrackers. During diwali, your ears would only hear the sound of bursting crackers and your mouth would be busy chewing and enjoying the diwali sweets. Such fun times, I truly wish to visit India during diwali and to burst some crackers.

Gradmas and moms in India would be busy in making sweets and they start their preparation days ahead of diwali. There are so many different varieties of sweets, some of which I yet have to taste. Some of the popular sweets prepared during diwali are burfi, jalebi, badushah, gulab jamun, rasagulla, rasa malai etc etc. These are all sweets and they just melt into your mouth, even the thought of these makes my mouth water. Yes, after diwali celebration you would definitely go into a sugar coma, that’s when the celebration gets complete :)

Yesterday, I made these coconut rolls or coconut burfi, these can be made in just a matter of minutes. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen making sweets. I hear ya! we all want to spend less time in the kitchen and still make delicious sweets. This is one such sweet you can make without any prior preparations.

Did you know? Burfi is a persian word burf means “snow”, traditional burfis are made with thickened milk/cheese which gives it a snow white color and is served chilled. Now, burfi can be made with different ingredients like gram flour, almond flour, ground pistachios, coconut etc. It can be also cut into different shapes like diamond, squares, or can be made into rolls.

I do have a collection of easy to make sweet recipes, check it out. How about easy to make truffles, halwa??? Mmmmm…

Wishing everyone a happy Diwali! Do have fun but be safe and care about others as well.

Coconut Burfi

Ingredients

Makes: 5 rolls

  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  • Sugar- 1/2 cup
  • Sweetened condensed milk- 2 tbsp ( or use 1/2 cup sugar)
  • Ground cardamom- 2 whole smashed, discard the skin
  • Ghee- 2 tbsp
  • Almonds, skin removed and chopped- 2 handful (optional)
  • Melted semi-sweet chocolate- to garnish the rolls

Instruction

  • Grease a baking pan with ghee or cooking spray, keep aside.
  • Heat a large non-stick saucepan, add 1 tbsp ghee to it.
  • Add grated coconut and sugar to it, combine well.
  • Let the sugar melt.
  • Now, add condensed milk, keep stirring,
  • Add ground cardamom to the mixture, smash 2 whole cardamoms using mortar-pestle, discard the skin and add the ground seeds.
  • Keep cooking till the coconut mixture starts to pull away from the pan and has thickened.
  • Add ghee and chopped almonds, keep stirring for a minute.
  • Spread the coconut mixture on a greased pan, using a spatula even out the surface, let it cool down.
  • When it has cool down, make rolls out of it, keep aside.
  • Take the chocolate chips or chocolate bars in a microwave safe glass bowl and microwave to high heat for 2 minutes or till melted. Don’t over heat the chocolate as it will burn pretty fast.
  • You could pour the melted chocolate into a ziploc bag, close it, make a small cut at one end of the bag and draw lines or any pattern on the coconut rolls.
  • Let the coconut rolls stand for sometime or you can chill it in the refrigerator and enjoy.

Tips:

  • Add 1/2 cup sugar instead of condensed milk. By using sugar the burfi will solidify more harder so that you can cut into diamond or square shapes.
  • If using sugar instead of condensed milk: After spreading the coconut mixture on the greased pan, don’t let it stand for a long time as it would be hard to cut it.
  • If using condensed milk: the burfi wouldn’t get harder so that it’s good to make rolls as it will be hard to cut into shapes.
  • Increase the amount of the ingredients accordingly to make more.

 

Coconut Burfi or Sweetened Coconut Rolls
 
Ingredients
  • Makes: 5 rolls
  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  • Sugar- ½ cup
  • Sweetened condensed milk- 2 tbsp ( or use ½ cup sugar)
  • Ground cardamom- 2 whole smashed, discard the skin
  • Ghee- 2 tbsp
  • Almonds, skin removed and chopped- 2 handful (optional)
  • Melted semi-sweet chocolate- to garnish the rolls
Instructions
  1. Grease a baking pan with ghee or cooking spray, keep aside.
  2. Heat a large non-stick saucepan, add 1 tbsp ghee to it.
  3. Add grated coconut and sugar to it, combine well.
  4. Let the sugar melt.
  5. Now, add condensed milk, keep stirring,
  6. Add ground cardamom to the mixture, smash 2 whole cardamoms using mortar-pestle, discard the skin and add the ground seeds.
  7. Keep cooking till the coconut mixture starts to pull away from the pan and has thickened.
  8. Add ghee and chopped almonds, keep stirring for a minute.
  9. Spread the coconut mixture on a greased pan, using a spatula even out the surface, let it cool down.
  10. When it has cool down, make rolls out of it, keep aside.
  11. Take the chocolate chips or chocolate bars in a microwave safe glass bowl and microwave to high heat for 2 minutes or till melted. Don’t over heat the chocolate as it will burn pretty fast.
  12. You could pour the melted chocolate into a ziploc bag, close it, make a small cut at one end of the bag and draw lines or any pattern on the coconut rolls.
  13. Let the coconut rolls stand for sometime or you can chill it in the refrigerator and enjoy.
Notes
Add ½ cup sugar instead of condensed milk. By using sugar the burfi will solidify more harder so that you can cut into diamond or square shapes.
If using sugar instead of condensed milk: After spreading the coconut mixture on the greased pan, don’t let it stand for a long time as it would be hard to cut it.
If using condensed milk: the burfi wouldn’t get harder so that it’s good to make rolls as it will be hard to cut into shapes.
Increase the amount of the ingredients accordingly to make more.