Recipe: Dairy & Gluten-Free Indian Coconut Barfi Balls!
A childhood sweet I still adore. My mum would make these during special occasions like Diwali or if there's an extra coconut randomly lying around in the kitchen! For as long we know, Indian sweets 90% of the time require some form of dairy in the recipe, so I've begun to really think about alternatives that can be used so even the lactose intolerant can enjoy them.
Last week I sat down with my mum to understand how she makes the coconut barfi - she would typically used condensed milk and milk powder. But, I believe we've come up with a pretty good recipe thats gluten and dairy-free and tastes just as good!
It’s coconutty and has just the right amount sweetness...
1 cup fresh shredded coconut
1/2 cup almond coconut milk
4-6 tbsp sugar (can use dates/date sugar too)
1 1/3 almond flour
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1. Dry roast the shredded coconut on the gas on a low heat, making sure it doesn't turn too brown
2. Warm up the almond coconut milk either on the gas or microwave (I prefer on the gas) and add it in the shredded coconut
3. Add pre-soaked saffron and stir. It should start to give off a beautiful light yellow colour as you stir.
4. Add the sugar - keep stirring gently so all the sugar dissolves
5. Once thickened add the almond flour, stir it for a bit then take it off the heat. The consistency should be so are you able to roll balls without it breaking too much.
6. Sprinkle in the cardamom and give it one last stir.
7. Make into balls or lay it out on a tray for squares
8. Roll it in desiccated coconut and you’re good to go!
Hopefully, I'll get to continue to learn and share my ideas on creating dairy-free Indian sweets and savoury dishes this year!
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