coconut burfi with condensed milk

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Coconut burfi recipe with step by step photos. This is an easy and tasty recipe of coconut barfi made with condensed milk and desiccated coconut. The coconut burfi had a melt in the mouth soft texture. You can also make coconut ladoos with the same mixture.

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Usually at home, for Raksha Bandhan we always make Rice kheer or Vermicelli kheer. this time for a change I made the coconut burfi today and also clicked the pics. These were easy to prepare. I did not have time to grate coconuts, so I have used desiccated coconut (dry coconut flakes).

Generally Freshly grated coconut makes better coconut burfi. so to still get better tasting barfi, I soaked the desiccated coconut in warm milk for about an hour. The coconut absorbs the milk and the texture does to some extent becomes like fresh coconut. When I prepare chutneys or gravies with desiccated coconut, I grind them in warm water or soak them in warm water for some minutes. I did not want to soak the coconut in water, hence I soaked them in milk.

If using fresh grated coconut, then no need to soak them in milk.

I did not add any dry fruits as we prefer just the coconut in the barfi. But you can add your choice of dry fruits or simply garnish the coconut barfi with dry fruits.

Wishing all who celebrate a happy Raksha Bandhan festival.

How to make coconut burfi

1. Take ¾ cup warm milk in a bowl. Mix 1 heaped cup unsweetened desiccated coconut with the warm milk. Stir well and keep covered for an hour. If using fresh coconut, then no need to soak.

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2. Heat 2 to 3 tsp ghee in a pan.

making coconut burfi recipe

3. Add the milk soaked coconut and stir well. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.

preparing coconut burfi recipe

4. Now pour ¾ cup condensed milk.

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5.  stir and mix well.

making coconut burfi recipe

6. Add 1 tbsp sugar and stir. Optional step. You can skip the sugar completely.

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7. Then add cardamom powder (3 to 4 cardamoms, crushed to powder in a mortar-pestle).

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8. Stir and continue to cook the coconut burfi mixture.

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9. The mixture would reduce and begun to loose its moisture. Continue to stir, so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

cook the coconut burfi mixture

10. continue to cook and stir till you see ghee releasing from the sides. Takes about 22 to 25 mins on a low flame.

cook the coconut burfi mixture

Setting coconut burfi

11. Now add the coconut burfi mixture in a greased thali or tray. Here I used a baking pan and managed to get more than half of the pan covered with the coconut burfi. Spread it evenly with a spatula keeping ½ to 1 inch of height.

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12. You can sprinkle a pinch of crushed or powdered saffron on top of the burfi. You can also top the coconut barfi with 8-10 halved or chopped cashews or raisins.

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13. Once the coconut burfi has cooled completely, then slice it into squares or diamond shapes.

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14. Serve coconut burfi. they can also be refrigerated and they stay good for 1 to 2 days.

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Coconut Burfi

Easy and tasty coconut burfi recipe made with condensed milk and desiccated coconut. 
4.77 from 21 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Sweets
Servings 3 to 4


  • 1 cup heaped unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk - i used nestle milkmaid
  • 3 to 4 green cardamoms - crushed to powder in a mortar-pestle
  • ½ teaspoon rose water (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoon Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 pinch of saffron - crushed or 2 to 3 pinch of saffron powder (optional)
  • 8 to 10 cashews - halved or chopped (optional)



  • Warm the milk first in the microwave or stove top.
  • In a bowl, take the desiccated coconut and mix warm milk with it.
  • Stir well. Cover and keep aside for 1 hour. If using fresh coconut, then no need to soak in warm milk.

making coconut burfi

  • Heat ghee in a pan. Add the milk soaked coconut. Saute on a low flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Now add the condensed milk and stir. Cook on a low flame stirring often.
  • Add sugar if you want. Then add cardamom powder.
  • Continue to cook and stir. The coconut burfi mixture will thicken slowly.
  • Keep on stirring so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Ghee should start releasing from the sides of the mixture. You will see tiny drops of ghee. Takes about 22 to 25 mins on a low flame.
  • Add rose water if using. Stir.

setting coconut burfi

  • Then pour the burfi mixture in a greased tray or thali. Let it cool completely.
  • Sprinkle saffron powder or press some cashews on the top.
  • Slice the burfi and then serve.
  • Coconut burfi can also be refrigerated. It stay good for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Burfi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 516 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 540mg15%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 301mg30%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hi,
    I tried this recipe with fresh coconut but it turned out to be sticky. I want to know if the milk in the recipe is used only to soak the dessicated coconut or should it be used while cooking the burfi with fresh coconut? Thank you.

    1. While making with fresh coconut, milk need not be added. I have mentioned this point in the post. But here I guess the stickiness is not due to the milk but due to the overcooking of sugar. Sprinkling 1 to 3 teaspoons hot water helps to remedy this. I hope this helps.

  2. so grateful for your wonderful recipes. I have tried many, and all have been so good. I am wondering — is there any possible substitute for condensed milk for this and other sweets recipes? Or some way to “condense” milk at home? I don’t like to used the canned commercial products. Thanks.

    1. thanks ujeli. condensed milk can be made at home. this is the method which a reader had shared:

      take 1 litre whole milk, 350 grams sugar, 1 pinch baking soda in a heavy pan. mix well and cook on medium to medium-high flame for 35 min with non-stop stirring. it can be stored 4 to 5 month in the fridge.

      instead of condensed milk you can use khoya or mawa. making khoya at home takes a lot of time. so you can make instant khoya with milk powder. when buying milk powder you can check for any preservatives used or not.

      instant khoya recipe link here –

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