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Thengai (Coconut) Mittai/Nariyal Burfi

Thengai_Coconut_Mittai_Nariyal_Burfi_1 Coconut burfi is a traditional sweet prepared in almost every home at some or other occasions. It is very easy to prepare with less ingredients in less time. Mostly it is prepared with sugar instead of jaggery. The process of making slightly differs from home to home.

I normally prepare it by adding grated coconut in sugar syrup when large quantity is needed. But I follow this different method to prepare less quantity as it takes only 10 minutes. The entire cooking should be done in low flame. I add Thengai_Coconut_Mittai_Nariyal_Burfi_2coconut, sugar, cardamom powder and little ghee in a pan, stir till the mixer leaves sides and put it in a tray.

Coconut is known as Thengai in Tamil and as Nariyal in Hindi. Mostly a solid sweet is called as Mittai in Tamil and as Burfi/Barfi in Hindi.


  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Ghee – ½ tea spoon

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  • Grease a tray with few drops of ghee and keep aside.
  • Put sugar and grated coconut in a heavy pan; cook in a low flame till the sugar melts; by stirring continuously you can find out this.

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  • Add cardamom powder, ghee and stir well; if the mixture looks too dry, add 2 table spoon of milk and keep stirring till the mixture combines together and leaves the side.

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  • Put this in the greased pan and level it; cool it, cut when it is warm.

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  • Pure white Thengai (Coconut) Mittai/Nariyal Burfi is ready.



  • If you break the coconut and prepare immediately, you do not need water to melt sugar as moisture in the coconut is enough.
  • If grated coconut is too dry, add one or two table spoon of milk for one cup of grated coconut while cooking as explained above.
  • To get pure white burfi, use only white part of the coconut. Do not use the brown bottom layer of the coconut that mates with the shell.

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • swathi May 12, 2010, 9:45 am


    Thengai burffi looks really awesome. white color is nice. i love them.

  • Manju Rajender May 12, 2010, 9:58 am

    My mom prepares it too gud. Yours came out very perfect. Loved the clicks :)

  • pavithra May 12, 2010, 10:43 am

    Wow My very fav one.. looks too good and yummy!!!

  • Nithya May 12, 2010, 11:46 am

    Burfi looks really good. Nice stepwise clicks :)

  • niloufer riyaz May 12, 2010, 12:45 pm

    burfi looks tempting n s perfect.

  • Sushma Mallya May 12, 2010, 1:14 pm

    Mine never comes out so white…yours is so perfect & so yummy

  • shamanags May 12, 2010, 6:54 pm

    my most favourite one

  • Suman May 12, 2010, 9:29 pm

    coconut burfi’s, ladoo n all are mom’s specialities…ur’s looks so pefect n delicious…crave some now…mmm…

  • Geetha January 18, 2012, 5:38 pm

    looks yummyyyyy……..Grated or shredded coconut???????

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