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Jul 5, 2013

Amma's Thengai Barfi (Burfi) / Simple Coconut Bars (Barfi) / Nariyal Barfi

Amma is famous for her coconut barfi, whenever my cousins visit our place, the first thing which they request my mom is to make some coconut barfi. My mum makes it as a edible gift for them to take along their journey. Since it is so easy peasy to make, this barfi has taken its strong reputation in our house.

It just calls for simple everyday ingredients. You will need just coconut, some sugar and little of some extra stuff. The another cool thing about this recipe is, it needs no ghee in it. But i love to add a tsp of ghee for flavour. But actually you dont need anything, the natural oil in the coconut gives enough oilyness to the barfi.

I hope you will try this out and let me know how it turns out.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20 to 25 mins
Makes : 10 pieces


Coconut - 1 cup grated

Sugar - 3/4 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp


Take coconut and milk in a blender and make into a slightly coarse puree.

Add this to a non stick or a heavy bottom pan. Add in sugar to this and keep stiring.

Keep cooking and mixing this till it starts to thicken and leaves the sides of the pan, it will take around 15 mins.

Add in ghee and cardamom powder and mix well.

Keep this mixing. It will start to leave the sides of the pan and foam around the edges.

At this point. Pour this into a greased plate and allow it to cool down.

Once cooled, cut into squares.



This barfi can be stored in room temparature upto 3 days. You can store this more than a week in the fridge.

Take all your ingredients

Take coconut in a blender

Add milk to it

Puree it coarsely

Add this to a heavy bottom pan

Add in sugar too

Mix well

Keep stiring till it thickens

Keep mixing

Add a tsp of ghee

some cardamom

mix well

Keep mixing till it leaves the sides

Grease a plate

Pour the barfi mixture in this

flatten it

cut into squares




  1. hello aarthi....u have made this burfi so easy to make....ur pictures r really helpful....will surely make this today....:) :)

  2. yummy I do it without grinding.. this looks tempting

  3. This is rich and good to satisfy my hunger pangs when it hit me some time before dinner!

  4. i made this aarthi...but i cud not cut the burfi into pieces like u have done...it was a bit soft but still very tasty...i followed ur instuctions exactly...can u pls tell me whr i went wrong???

  5. @sujatha umesh If it is a bit soft, then transfer that again to the kadai and cook for a little longer. Now tranfer that to the plate and cut into squares

  6. Hi Aarthi,

    Just wanna know can we use frozen coconut to make this barfi ?

  7. Can I add color to this coconut barfi

  8. Can i use coconut bura available in market

  9. Hi sis..i tried this today..it tastes so good, but it didn't come as thick pieces..why so?

  10. @Anonymousif you didn;t cook it enough it will be soft, cook little longer.

  11. Can I make this with desiccated coconut?

    1. No it wont work. will share a diff recipe using desiccated coconut soon

  12. Hi aarthi can we use simply water instead of milk


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