Luscious Avocado Coconut Burfi…in 5 minutes!

A #popular #Indian #dessert made for #festivals using #coconut. My #quickandeasy #recipe uses #healthy #avocado
Luscious Avocado Coconut Burfi …..in 5 minutes!
Healthy avocado fat used to make delectable coconut burfi for Narali Pournima festival
Luscious Avocado Coconut Burfi in 5 minutes!

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-

A #popular #Indian #dessert made for #festivals using #coconut. My #quickandeasy #recipe uses #healthy #avocado
Mix the grated coconut and the ghee and microwave on high for 1 minute
A #popular #Indian #dessert made for #festivals using #coconut. My #quickandeasy #recipe uses #healthy #avocado
Add the sugar, microwave for 2 minutes.  Then add the grated avocado.
A #popular #Indian #dessert made for #festivals using #coconut. My #quickandeasy #recipe uses #healthy #avocado
Mix in the avocado and the rest of the ingredients  and microwave again on high for two minutes
A #popular #Indian #dessert made for #festivals using #coconut. My #quickandeasy #recipe uses #healthy #avocado
At the end of 2 minutes, this is the texture of the mixture.
A #popular #Indian #dessert made for #festivals using #coconut. My #quickandeasy #recipe uses #healthy #avocado
Spread the mixture and decorate with nuts, as directed in the recipe.

I used a nonstick baking mat instead of a greased plate

A #popular #Indian #dessert made for #festivals using #coconut. My #quickandeasy #recipe uses #healthy #avocado
Another view of the rolled mixture.
  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients-

  • 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-

  1. Mix the grated coconut and ghee well. In a microwave safe bowl, cook on high for 1 minute.
  2. Add the sugar, mix and cook for another 2 minutes on high.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and cook on high for 2 more minutes.
  4. 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 !

Notes/Tips

  • You can skip the ghee to make a vegan burfi
  • Individual microwave timings may vary, so adjust the time accordingly.

Love,

Sandhya

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  1. This is so unique yet I would try it! Avocado blends nicely and is a natural thickener. Yummy coconut is my favorite, Sandhya. I will try to get award post but my daughter is needing me to babysit. I have not forgotten 🙂

  2. Hi Sandhya,

    Have you added cucumber as the mix in the image-3 i can see the cucumber seeds. I think you can make yourself clear to the viewers. The burfi looks wonderful for sure.

  3. I love reading about all the food that is prepared for these festivals in India and am amazed at how many different dishes are specific to certain regions and cities. Your Burfi sounds healthful and delicious, love the combination of avocado and coconut and the cashew is so nice it looks like the moon. This is so quick and simple I love it. I try to go to the Indian Day parade in NYC whenver I can, I eat my way from one end to the other. So delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Suzzane. Yes there are so many festivals and foods in different regions of India. Also I love reading about different cultures on various blogs, so I thought I will give a little background of the recipe.
      too. I can relate to eating from one end to the other. Last summer I went to the Smorgasboard in Brooklyn an date so many different foods from all the food carts that gather there. I have been to the NYC parade many years ago. It must be much bigger than what I remember.

      1. I love Smorgasburg it’s So much fun and so much great food.
        The Indian parade is pretty big. All the food is at the end and entire block lined with different vendors it’s great.

  4. Another great microwave recipe of one of my favorites Sandhya. Gosh, Diwali is around the corner, I wish you lived closer, I have such a weakness for Indian sweets. I have made burfi before years and years ago, you always make yours so healthy though, so I’m gonna give this a try. Love the idea of coconut and avocado. Yummmmm!

    1. Loretta, I was happy with my experiment replacing the khoya with avocado. ….I love coconut burfi too:) yes, this is healthy.Some burfis are loaded with ghee.Do let me know how you like it.

  5. Sandhya, I just published my “Beautiful Blogger Award” ♡ nomination post. Hope it is okay and you enjoy a few new visitors to your great blog! 🙂 Smiles, Robin

      1. I tried this on the stove top with half an avocado, fresh coconut, dates and sugar. We loved it. Excellent idea, thanks for sharing. An avocado well used!!

  6. This sounds SO delicious! I will have to try it when I have the ingredients all in hand. My head says it’s bedtime right now, but my tastebuds are saying, “get some avocado coconut burfi first!!!” Trouble. 😉

    Hope you’re doing well and having a good start to the season!
    xo,
    Kathryn

    1. Thank you so much Kathryn! I know that feeling at bedtime too:)
      How are you doing? Blogging is keeping me busy… only we bloggers understand how that goes, right?

  7. The avocado/coconut treat looks so good. Your guests are fortunate to eat at your table. My mother would have loved to be introduced to the sumptuous food you make. Glad you stopped in for a visit on my blog tonite and I’m happy I found your blog. Sue
    Womenlivinglifeafter50.com

    1. Thank you for your question. I cut the avocado right before cooking it in coconut sugar mixture.The avocado did not discolor and retained its green color in this burfi.

  8. I enjoyed learning about the Indian holidays and the meaning behind them, Sandhya! The coconut, avocado, and cardamom must go so well together. Traditional foods are so comforting on holidays!

    1. Thanks so much Shari. I love learning about holidays and festivals from different cultures too. The traditional recipe for this is ghee, coconut and sugar with cardamom. I experimented with the avocado and cut down on the ghee and was happy with the outcome. thanks again for your sweet comments.

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