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For as long as I have been eating Indian food, burfi has been my favourite Indian candy; my vegan coconut burfi is super-easy to make but do be warned though, it’s incredibly more-ish!
When we lived in the UK, there was a fantastic Indian caterer, Pooja, about a 30 minute drive away, which had a restaurant attached to it; we found the place quite by accident, tucked away in a little side street. It was the kind of place that was only frequented by the local Indian community, and while the restaurant was not in any way fancy, the food was nothing short of amazing. So much so, that not only did we visit there on a regular basis (not least because absolutely everything on the menu was vegetarian) but we also used their catering service a couple of times, for family events.
It was at Pooja that I discovered how much variety there is to burfi, and how beautiful some of the different types are; from being garnished with scatterings of bright green pistachios to being gilded with varakha (edible silver foil) – they all resemble little treasures.
When we lived in Fort Kochi, it was no different… except the mithai (sweets) didn’t get packaged in fancy boxes, just plonked into a plastic bag! Not that I am in any way complaining! Like almost all of the food there, the sweets were wonderful!
Vegan Coconut Burfi
- added sugar-free
- easy to make
- deliciously more-ish
I hope you enjoy this coconut burfi as much as we do!
What are your favourite Indian sweets?