Happy Vinayak Chaturthi!
Yes, it’s the birthday of Lord Ganesha and this time I am bringing to you one of his favorite sweets- Coconut Barfi. Usually celebrated with pomp and style in the state of Maharashtra, it is believed that one should not look at the moon this day.
Lord Ganesha loves coconut, bananas, puddings and especially modaks. Modaks are steamed sweet dumplings. You can check three different types of Modaks I have prepared – Chocolate Modak, Small Modak called Ammini Modak and the traditional jaggery and coconut filled Sweet Modak.
This year, I have prepared Coconut Barfi.
The first time I ever had coconut barfi was when my Dad brought some home after his tenure in North India. I fell in love with this milk treat and ever since I’ve craved for more. I am not a dessert person. But, there are few mithais I love to have once in a while. And coconut barfi is one of them. All thanks to my Dad and I am dedicating this to him on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. He was my Social Science teacher at the Army school and Man, I loved attending his lectures. He wouldn’t even open a book and I used to sit in awe when he recollects all the historic dates- whether it is the first Battle of Panipat or the third. Well not in awe, as he was very strict with me and did not favor me in any sort of way. If he asked the other students to write imposition for ten times, he asked me fifty. But, love you Dad 🙂
Barfis are made with condensed milk or sugar along with fruits, nuts and spices. This easy coconut barfi is made with coconut, cashews and cardamom.
This sweet is also served during weddings and festivals like Diwali.
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