Coconut barfi-This was the first sweet I made.This was in my 12th grade and all through college when you would get galvanized watching ace chefs and savvy housewives weaving their magic in the kitchen in innumerable TV shows. During these shows I would promptly prop myself against the TV diligently noting down the ingredients and instructions of many unheard recipes ,confident that I would recreate the magic in my own kitchen.I would get up , stride into my kitchen still under the spell.But I would begin cooking only to realise that my chapathis were , not yet, -so perfect or that the curry had turned out to be too sour. Experience would let me know that -Only Practice makes a man perfect.
And now I was reminded of this easy to make sweet again ..May be it was the commercials aired for the movie Barfi.One cannot draw a tangent- I know.But oh!This humorous me …I did draw one.Every time I would see the trailers I don’t know why I would also feel like eating coconut barfi.Funny a`int ‘I?
So I rummaged through my grocery and found a packet full of dessicated coconut .Making coconut barfi is easy and it was ready in minutes-spreading the aroma of coconuts and cardamom in its each bite…
Coconut-2 cups(I used dessicated coconut)
Sugar-21/4-11/2 cup depending on how sweet you want it to be
Water -¾ cup or just enough to cover sugar
Take a heavy bottomed pan .Add the sugar and water. Keep stirring consistently .Let it boil till it reaches two- thread consistency..Then add the grated coconut. Keep stirring consistently. When the mixture bubbles, add ghee and cardamom pods.Stir till the mixture becomes thick and gets frothy at the edges . The mixture should start leaving the sides of the vessel and It comes off easily without sticking to sides of the vessel.(Some people add ghee and cardamom now).At this stage transfer the mixture to a greased pan.Level the mixture with a flat spatula.Let it cool .Cut it out into squares within 10 minutes.Serve or refrigerate if it is to be used later than 3-4 days.
Please ensure that only the white part of the grated coconut is used for the preperation.Avoid the brown flakes of coconut from getting mixed with it
Run the coconut in the grater couple of times so that the burfi turns out to have a smooth surface if you donot preferit to have a coarse surface.
You can also add 1/4 cup of milk after coconut is added to sugar syrup and bubbles come.However continue stirring till the mixture thickens.
Verdict:My coconut barfi was “coconuty”- as delicious as ever.Little Aniket,my sonny, loved it.Thats the biggest pat on my back.