I am so excited to share a 5-ingredient dessert recipe today – THIS Coconut Mango Burfi tastes heavenly!
A simple dessert that is SO fragrant and flavorful with the rich and moist textures from the coconut!
We are in the midst of a beautiful summer here in the northeast. Boys are out of school, Mom is visiting from India and our schedules are pretty relaxed. I am learning a lot of new recipes and techniques from my Mom. Between the two of us, we are cooking on most days. With lots of family and friends visiting, we are so excited to have all the company to share the yummy foods with.
This kind of laid-back summer takes me back to my childhood memories of growing up in India. In a small town in India, our home facing a beautiful park and our family constantly between family and friends. I have most vivid memories of Indian summers and the mango season. Boxes and boxes full of ripe, sweet and full flavored Alphonso mangoes that we would devour. My mom would make delicious sweets with the mangoes and my favorite is the Coconut Mango Burfi or fudge.
All these years I never tried making it myself. The last few weeks that mom is with me, she has made these incredibly delicious coconut mango burfi twice for us. I think it is high time I learn how to make them and share the goodness with everyone.
It takes only 5 ingredients and 30-minutes or less to whip up a batch of these delicacies. The key is to constantly stir and watch the process as the textures change and making sure that it cooks evenly. When it is almost cooked, it releases fats from the coconut and the milk which makes the mixture look shiny and dense. The color will change from light yellow to orange. Lower the heat for the last 5 minutes to avoid it from getting scorched. All these tips are courtesy MOM!
- 2 cups fresh grated coconut (frozen works well)
- 2 cups milk full fat
- 1 cup mango pulp tinned works well, preferably made with Alphonso mangoes
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon of saffron
- sliced nuts for garnish optional
Take a large heavy bottomed or a non-stick pan. Put it on medium-high heat. Add coconut, milk, mango pulp and sugar. Mix well.
Keep stirring continuously for about 15 mins.
The mixture will start to thicken and may stick to the pan. Keep scraping it off the pan and mix. Make sure the mixture is thickening without burning. The color should slowly deepen from yellow to orange.
Add half of the saffron. Mix well and cook for another 5 mins.
Lower the heat to medium-low as the bottom starts to brown and the mixture starts to form a ball. Cook for another 5 mins.
Turn the heat off. Take the mixture out in a greased pan or a parchment lined tray. Press evenly with the back of a spatula ( a silicone spatula works well).
Make half an inch thick layer by tightly pressing the mixture down and sideways to form a square.
Garnish with more saffron, nuts. Cut into squares big or small, allow to chill and enjoy! If they happen to last for more than a day(which is rare) keep refrigerated.