Navratri Recipe: Coconut Barfi
By IFB | October 24, 2020
Maa Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri, called Ashtami or Durga Ashtami. Durga Maa renounced all worldly comforts and lived in a forest, undertaking austere penance to win Lord Shiva as her consort. She braved heat, cold, rain and terrible storms during her long and deep meditation. This impressed Lord Shiva, who showered the holy water of the Ganga over her. The Gangajal washed off all the dirt, and Maa regained her natural glow and came to be known as Mahagauri.
Sweet coconut is offered as bhog on this day. Coconut and rawa barfi can be prepared as prasad for the puja to earn blessings to mitigate sins, bring happiness and fulfil wishes. There is also a tradition of donating coconuts to Brahmins on this day, which is said to bless a childless couple with a baby.
Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 10 min
- 1½ cups fresh grated coconut
- 1½ cups powdered jaggery
- 1½ cup roasted semolina
- 5 pistachios
- 5 cardamoms
- 1 tbsp milk
- 4 tbsp ghee
1. In warm milk, soak saffron; slice the pistachios and keep aside.
2. In a glass bowl, add jaggery and water; heat at 100% micropower for 9 min or until it is of 2-thread consistency.
3. Add the coconut, cardamom powder, roasted semolina and ghee.
4. Stir and heat for 4 min at 50% micropower; once done, stir for a few more minutes.
5. Spread the mixture on a thali (flat metal plate) and let cool.
6. Decorate with pistachios. Cut into squares and serve.