A special halwa for Narali Pournima and Raksha bandhan this weekend! Narali Pournima is a jubilant festival celebrated in Maharashtra and along some coastal areas in India. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the holy month of Shravan. The word naral means coconut. Pournima is the full moon day. The monsoon season, during which the seas are turbulent, comes to an end around this time and it is once again safe for the fishermen to brave the seas. But before they do that the families offer the auspicious coconut to the sea, praying for the safety of the fishermen.
Foods containing coconut are made to celebrate this festival. It is also Raksha bandhan day, a special day of celebrations for brothers and sisters. One of the most popular foods made on this day is the coconut burfi or vadi.
The coconut burfi is the softer of the two, with a fudge like consistency. Khoya, which is milk cooked until it thickens into a paste consistency, is used to achieve that softness. I experimented using avocado, for its monounsaturated fats, instead of the khoya and am happy with the results. Not only did the avocado lend the richness of the khoya, it also gave it a beautiful, natural color! As for the taste, the coconut and cardamom are very dominant with a hint of avocado, all of which translates to ‘one luscious burfi’!
I made this burfi in the microwave using frozen grated coconut. So I defrosted it for a minute on high, in the microwave and then proceeded with the recipe. To show you how quick and easy it is,here is a pictorial-
I used a nonstick baking mat instead of a greased plate
- ¾ cup freshly grated coconut or frozen coconut, defrosted on high for 1 minute
- 1 teaspoon ghee (optional for vegan)
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 5 green cardamoms, shelled and the seeds ground
- 2 tablespoons of shredded avocado
- Dash of salt (optional)
- Ghee to grease the plate/ tray to set the burfi in.
- Nuts for decoration (optional)
To make the Avocado Coconut Burfi-
- Mix the grated coconut and ghee well. In a microwave safe bowl, cook on high for 1 minute.
- Add the sugar, mix and cook for another 2 minutes on high.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and cook on high for 2 more minutes.
- Remove from microwave and spread the mixture evenly on a greased plate, using the back of a spoon or cover with wax paper and roll it out using a rolling pin. Add nuts and press them in lightly with the rolling pin. Let the mixture set in the refrigerator for a minimum of one hour. Cut into squares and serve!
Enjoy the luscious treat !
- You can skip the ghee to make a vegan burfi
- Individual microwave timings may vary, so adjust the time accordingly.