Good wishes should always be paired with tasty treats. My hearty wishes for a happy, healthy & prosperous New Year comes with this recipe of delicious "Thengai Burfi" - HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!
Thengai Burfi (Coconut fudge) is nothing but fresh coconut cooked in cardamom flavored sugar syrup. This simple, flavorful, flaky, chewy sweet is very easy to make and is sure to be loved by all.
Grated/Dessicated coconut - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Cardamom powder - 4-5 pods (powdered)
Almonds - 1/4 cup (I used slivered almonds)
Ghee - 2-3 tbsp
Water - 1/2 cup
Take a little ghee in a pan and roast coconut until light brown and a nice aroma fills the kitchen. Take care not to over-roast the coconut. Coconut tends to get burnt too quickly if left unattended. Remove from heat and keep it aside.
Roast almonds in a little ghee. After it cools, chop them into very fine pieces with a knife and keep it aside.
Grease a tray with little ghee, sprinkle roasted almonds all over the plate and keep it aside.
Take sugar and water in a heavy bottom pan. Stir till the sugar dissolves completely and starts to boil (on medium heat). Keep stirring frequently until the sugar syrup thickens and reaches 2-string consistency.
When the sugar syrup has reached the desired consistency, add the grated coconut and stir well. Continue cooking the mixture by stirring constantly, till it thickens and the edges starts to froth.
Now, add ghee and cardamom powder and stir well. Remove pan from heat and pour the mixture into the tray which has been greased with ghee & roasted almonds. Press down to pack the mixture and level it with a greased flat spatula.
Let it cool and cut into pieces of desired shape & size. Enjoy this mouth-watering delicacy with your family & friends.
- To check for 2-string consistency, put a couple of drops of the sugar syrup on your index finger (make sure it has cooled slightly, but still warm, or you will burn your finger). Bring your thumb down to lightly touch the sugar syrup. Lift your thumb away from your finger and the syrup will form threads. If 2 or 3 threads (one thick thread is not enough) form and break, the syrup is at the right consistency.
- Coconut Burfi tastes good when prepared with fresh coconut.