Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused

I still had coconut left over from when I made the Coconut Almond Butter Clusters. Burfi is a true Indian sweet make with reducing milk (and products) thereby intensifying the taste and flavor. I still remember standing in narrow side streets in India waiting for the fresh Khoya Burfi plates which would easily be devoured in minutes…this was of course a teenage appetite which has now changed to moderation 🙂

Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused
Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused

This recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk so no added sugar is needed. The trick is to cook it down to a lumpy consistency so it can set properly.

The rose petals are optional but I had bought a batch of organic edible dried petals so getting some use out of them.

I also kept the coconut a little crushed and not ground to a fine powder…..just the way I like it so I can taste the coconut pieces. I soaked the coconut for an hour in Almond Milk but you could go regular milk.

Hoping the party at Fiesta Friday #86 will enjoy this. Thanks to  Angie from The Novice Gardener, and to our co-host’s this week Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Quinn @ Dad Whats 4 Dinner.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened dry coconut flakes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup crushed almonds
  • 3/4 tin condensed milk
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 10 strands of saffron
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • 1 tsp crushed organic rose petals
  • 3-4 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused
Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused

Putting it together:

  • Grind the coconut in a processor and then soak in Almond Milk for a hour
  • Grind/Crush the Almonds
  • Soak the Saffron strands in 1 tbsp of warm water
  • Crush about 9 green cardamom pods to get the powder
  • Add 2 tbsp of Ghee to a heavy bottomed pan, add almonds and fry for a minute
  • Add soaked coconut  and cardamom powder and cook down for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add about 6-7 tablespoons of condensed milk, rose water, 1/2 tsp rose petals and start to cook and medium heat.
  • In a couple of minutes reduce the heat to low, add 1 tbsp of ghee, saffron and continue to cook until then mixture in lumpy and separated from the oil. This requires stirring and making sure the mixture is not sticking to the bottom of the pan about 5-10 mins.
  • Pour in a ghee greased pan ( I used silicone) and sprinkle with crushed rose petals and let it cool down. You can slice now and put in the fridge for 30 mins.
Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused
Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused

Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused

The pieces can be stored in a air tight container in the fridge for a few days.

6 thoughts on “Coconut Burfi- Saffron and Rose infused

    1. Thanks so much…yes, it is a bit sweet due to the condensed milk. I have omitted extra sugar and the coconut is unsweetened. I have also used rose water instead of a syrup. You can also reduce the quantity of condensed milk and add some extra almond milk to manage the sweetness. Hope you give it a try!


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