Nariyal Barfi

Nariyal Barfi is a traditional sweet served on various festivals. It is specially made for Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna. This sweet can also be eaten when fasting.

Preparation Time – 20 mins

Servings – 10 people


2 dry coconuts (nariyal/gola)

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1 tblsp ground cardamom (ilaichi)

½ cup finely chopped nuts (almonds, cashewnuts, pistachios)

1 tblsp ghee (unsalted butter)

1 silver foil (chandi ki burak)

Grind the coconut and mix ilaichi and the chopped nuts with it. Set aside. Grease a plate with ghee. Set aside. Bring sugar and water to a boil and then let it simmer till the sugar syrup (chashni) becomes 2-strand thick. To test it, take a drop of syrup between your thumb and fore-finger and pull them apart. The syrup should form 2 strands. Add the coconut to the syrup. Take it off the flame and keep stirring. When the mixture begins to thicken, immediately transfer it to the greased plate and spread evenly. Place the silver foil on it. Let the barfi set and once it is cool, cut into diamonds.  


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