coconut barfi recipe and richa’s vegan diwali sweets ebook review

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coconut barfi recipe

coconut barfi recipe - a delicious vegan coconut barfi. allergy information: dairy, egg, corn, soy, yeast free, vegan. can be made nut, gluten free.

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this coconut barfi recipe is from my friend & blogger richa‘s ebook on “15 diwali vegan sweets recipes“. this is a vegan recipe to make yummy coconut barfi and one more recipe which is veganized successfully by richa.

richa was kind enough to share the coconut barfi recipe and the ebook with me. i must say that the ebook design is very colorful, vibrant and does justice with the theme of diwali festival. it is not easy to veganize traditional indian sweets and if i look at the recipes which richa has shared in this ebook then i must say “hats off to her”. because she has managed to veganize some recipes which are little tricky to make even with ghee or dairy products.

i know richa for a long time and she has the knack of developing new recipes and she is a very innovative blogger always active in spreading the cause of veganism. this ebook is another effort from her side in that direction. the ebook price is 5$ and all the money will go for donation – 501 c3 charities, to VSPCA (Visakha Society for the Protection and Care of Animals – India) – who are working for animals affected by the cyclone phailin and the other to Pigs Peace Sanctuary (USA).

there are 15 indian sweets recipes in the ebook which can be made during diwali or any time of the year. from mysore pak to nan khatai, from sandesh to rasmalai. the book also has a gluten free version of gulab jamun. the below pic mentions the recipes.

vegan sweets recipes

so you if you plan to make vegan indian sweets this diwali, then do purchase this book from richa’s blog. here’s wishing happy diwali to all. i hope this diwali brings prosperity, wealth, wisdom and peace in your life.

coconut burfi

if you are looking for vegan sweets then do check kesar barfi, pori urundai, vermicelli kheer, banana cake, badam kaju katli and banana bread recipe.

coconut barfi recipe below:

coconut barfi recipe
4 from 3 votes

coconut barfi recipe

coconut barfi recipe - a delicious vegan coconut barfi. allergy information: dairy, egg, corn, soy, yeast free, vegan. can be made nut, gluten free.
course sweets
cuisine indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 25 minutes
servings 12 to 15 barfi pieces
author richa

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for coconut barfi:

  • ½ cup semolina flour (sooji or rava) - [or brown rice flour for gluten free option]
  • ½ cup dry coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional - omit to make oil-free)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashew pieces (optional - omit to make nut-free)
  • a pinch of salt

for sugar syrup:

  • ½ cup ground raw sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder)

how to make coconut barfi recipe

  1. in a large pan, dry roast the semolina/sooji on medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes until the color changes and it gets fragrant.
  2. using a blender/processor, blend the coconut flakes to make coarse coconut flour.
  3. add coconut flour, coconut oil, salt and cashew pieces to the pan.
  4. mix well and roast for 2 minutes.
  5. meanwhile, in another pan, make the sugar syrup.
  6. add all syrup ingredients and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  7. continue to heat at medium low until one thread consistency.
  8. add the hot sugar syrup to the roasting dry ingredients and mix well to form a lumpy mixture. (best result when both contents are hot)
  9. take off heat.
  10. press immediately into parchment lined or greased baking pan (I used an 8 by 4 inch pan.)
  11. cut into squares when still warm. the bars will harden as they cool.
  12. break into pieces when cool. store coconut barfi in airtight container for upto a week.

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17 comments/reviews

  1. I made these, and the flavor was really good. But for me I really don’t like the texture, it is way to gritty. I feel like my teeth are having a fight when I am eating them. Texture is because of the sooji I believe. I would like to re-try this recipe but with something else instead of the sooji.

    • malala did you use fine sooji that is used for making sooji halwa. sooji when mixed with sugar syrup does not taste gritty. it will soften up if the sooji is roasted well. if the sooji is not roasted well, then the sooji when mixed even with water will feel gritty. so i feel here the sooji was not roasted well enough. but you can even try without sooji. just add coconut flakes or desiccated coconut in the same proportion as sooji. you can check this step by step recipe also for reference, where i have made coconut ladoos but the same recipe can be used to make barfi.

      recipe link –

  2. Hi Dear can I use freshly grated coconut for this recipe?

    • you can use freshly grated coconut.

  3. Hi, dasanna, one small query, can I use dessicated coconut in this recipe.
    And thank you very much for your wonderful recipes. Today I made mix daal dosa n it came out awesome, thank you once again n keep up the good work.

    • welcome sanju. glad to know this. yes you can use.

  4. Thanks to you, I always fall back on you, to make things special in my home.
    God Bless you, and keep cooking, happy cooking!! :-))

    • thanks a lot sirisha.

  5. these sound like a yummy snack!

    • thanks dina

  6. I tried using brown rice flour and ended up with a crunchy mixture and uncooked rice! Do you need more water for using BRF or did I mess something up big time?

    • i think the rice flour needs to be roasted well and brown rice does take more time to cook than white rice. you won;t need water.

  7. I am not a big fan of rawa ladoos but this pairing with coconut sounds good.
    Hoping you had a great time with your loved ones on Diwali 🙂

  8. Thank you for the wonderful words and review Dassana! Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

    • welcome richa. wishing you and your family happy diwali as well.

  9. Happy Diwali Dassana hope u have a very safe and fun filled day.

    • same to you, janani.

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