As a teenager I never liked to get involved in making sweets except tilgul laddos & karanjis. I found the process tiresome. However i enjoyed eating them .
One such recipe is coconut barfi |narala chi wadi |nariyal fudge .
Coconut means naral in marathi & wadi /vadi means fudge/Barfi .Naral Burfi is an easy to make sweet and a quick recipe too. You can have it as a dessert or as a sweet snack or just like that.
Normally this is prepared during narali pournima / raksha bandhan.
It has a shelf life of about 10-15 days so you can make in advance and keep it ready to serve when needed.
Mom prepares a wide range of wadis like batata wadi ,beetroot wadi,matarchi wadi/tomato vadi/AMBYACHI vadi .
Again moms recipe .mom had made them on my uncles 75th birthday .So here we go .
Adding food colour is optional .mom had added orange food colour so the wadis appear orangish but you can keep the naral wadis plain white also
Fresh Coconut (ola khobra) grated - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 2 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Orange colour - 1 tsp (Optional)
Cashews /pista/almonds - 1 tbsp
1.Add little ghee, roast the broken cashews till golden brown and keep aside.
2 Keep non-stick pan on medium heat,add half tsp ghee .Let it melt and add grated coconut, sugar roast it for 5 mins. keep stirring continuously.Keep a close watch on it or the mixture will burn in two seconds.
3.After half an hour(or more) you will see mixture & will get converted in form of a lump or mass (gola).Mix orange food colour .Add cardamom powder,keep stirring at least for another 2-3 minutes.It should not be total dry or thin,should be thick and sticky too.
4.Now turn off the heat and take one plastic sheet and apply some ghee on it .Place the mixture on it with spoon.Place another plastic sheet on it and spread down all the mixture evenly(1 inch thick) with the help of a rolling pin . second plastic is placed so that mixture doesnt stick to rolling pin while spreading it .
5. With help of knife make cuts on the mixture to form diamond shape/rhombus shaped wadis .You can even use different shaped moulds to cut the vadis Place sliced badam or pista or tuti fruity on each wadi.
6.Let it cool down for say 2-3 hrs.Take out all pieces & enjoy.
7.They stay fresh outside in an airtight container for 4-5 days after that they must be refrigerated.