How to make Coconut Burfi

We love coconut burfi. It’s something we like to make every year for Diwali.

Here are 3 reasons why it makes for a yummy holiday snack:

  1. Traditional Delight
    Coconut burfi is a time-honored Diwali treat that brings a sense of nostalgia and cultural significance to the festivities. Its presence on the celebrations’ menu adds a touch of tradition and authenticity, allowing people to connect with their roots and celebrate the festival in a meaningful way.

  2. Irresistible Flavor
    The combination of sweet coconut, aromatic cardamom, and other ingredients creates a delightful flavor profile that is hard to resist. The rich and creamy texture of coconut burfi, along with its fragrant and sweet taste, makes it a delectable treat for Diwali. It pleases the taste buds and adds a burst of flavor to the festive spread.

  3. Easy Homemade Delicacy
    Coconut burfi is a popular choice for homemade Diwali sweets due to its simple preparation process. With readily available ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, anyone can make coconut burfi at home. This allows for a personal touch in the celebrations, as individuals can showcase their culinary skills and offer a handmade treat to family and friends, creating a warm and heartfelt gesture.

The Recipe – How to make Coconut Burfi


  • 3 teaspoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (add 3/4 in a blender to pulverize into thick particles, keep some long shreds of coconut intact)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder 
  • Optional: silver vark, sprinkle 2 raw sliced pistachios/or almonds 


  • Line a dish with parchment paper
  • In a pan crumble ricotta cheese and mix well with the coconut.
  • Add ghee to a heavy bottomed pan (or wok) put on low heat.
  • Add the cheese and coconut mixture and mix well. 
  • Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  • Add and mix in the condensed milk.
  • Keep stirring for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix.
  • Add milk powder and mix.
  • Keep stirring, cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • The mixture will turn into a thick mass and will begin to leave the sides of the pan.
  • Transfer to the pan with parchment paper. Spread it 1/2 inch thick.
  • Let it cool down.
  • If you wish you can add the silver vark  and nuts to decorate 

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