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Healthy Indian Sweets – Coconut Slice (Barfi)

Healthy Indian Sweets – Coconut Slice (Barfi)

This Coconut Slice known as Barfi in India is very simple to make and a similar method is used to make it as for the Sesame Balls.

This Coconut Slice known as Barfi in India is very simple to make and a similar method is used to make it as for the Sesame Balls.

Usually this is made with white sugar and/or condensed milk but is I think even tastier when made with palm sugar. It ends up having a lower GI and also doesn’t give you that sickly aftertaste that white sugar does.

I love for all things coconut and I have written about the benefits of coconut oil before.

The Coconut flesh has all the same benefits because in fact virgin cold pressed coconut oil is made from the coconut flesh.

This recipe is gluten and dairy free.

Coconut Slice (Barfi)

  • 1 cup grated coconut (or desiccated coconut if fresh coconut is not available)
  • 1 cup palm sugar (jaggery)
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

In a saucepan melt the palm sugar with the tbsp. of water.

Once liquid, strain into another pot to remove any impurities and boil until you get what is called a single string consistency

Stir the syrup with a spoon and then lift the spoon up – lift a tiny amount of the syrup with your forefinger and press the forefinger to your thumb.

Now gradually separate the thumb and the forefinger – if the sugar syrup is of ‘one string’ consistency, you should be able to see a single string between your thumb and forefinger.

Add the coconut and cardamom powder and mix well until combined and the mixture comes away from the side of the pan while mixing.

Line a shallow baking dish with baking paper and press the mixture into the dish. While still warm cut into squares and allow to cool.

Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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