Monday, August 25, 2008

Offering for the Baal Gopal - Nariyal Burfi and Malai Ladoos

One of my favorite festivals is Janmasthami ( birthday of Lord Krishna) mainly because of the memories associated with the same . It is the probably the first festival on which I would have "fasted" . The fast was only for name sakes though and I am sure I always ended eating a whole lot of delicacies .... this was one "fast" we always looked forward to . Another aspect was the "Jhanki" which we would set up every year ... we would use our toys , new figurines bought from the market to depict various events in Baal Gopal's life ... it involved so much planning and use of imagination and we kids would be busy the whole day . Evenings would go checking out other Jhankis.. comparing them , dressing up as gopis and krishna and going to temple. All in all it used to be a fun day for us .

This year I did not fast on this day due to many unavoidable reasons , however like my mom I prepared a few offerings for the Baal Gopal. I prepared a very simple NARIYAL BURFI ( Coconut burfi/fudge) and MALAI LADOOS . I also prepared the Makhana Kheer using the secret ingredient from LG of Tasteofmysore which I had got in the bloggers meet, but that will be a separate post.

They were both very simple and hardly took any time .

Nariyal Burfi -

Ingredients - ( about 10 pieces)
Dessicated coconut - 1 cup
Condensed milk - 1 cup
Powdered cardamom - 1 t sp
Oil - a little

Dry roast the coconut over low flame, till it becomes fragrant. Take care that it does not change color.
Then add the condensed milk and the cardamom powder. Keep mixing it continuously till the mixture thickens and starts separating from the pan. Switch off the flame and let it cool for 10-15 minutes . Take a flat plate and apply oil all over it , then spread the prepared mix over it . Flatten with a spatula . Keep it in the refrigerator for 1 hour and then cut into diamond shape pieces .

Nariyal Burfi is ready :-)

Since condensed milk is already sweet , I did not add any sugar . You can sprinkle this with dried dessicated coconut if you want.

Malai Ladoos -

I read about this recipe in one Sanjeev Kapoor recipe book and had been wanting to make them ever since . Janmasthami seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so :-)

Ingredients : ( for about 10 ladoos)

Paneer/Cottage cheese - 1 cup (I used freshly made cottage cheese which had not been pressed into any shape, if you are using the hardened one then either crumble it or grate it)
Condensed milk - 200 ml
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Dessicated coconut - about 3 tb sp

Take the paneer /cottage cheese in a heavy bottomed pan . Heat it a little and then add the condensed milk . Keep stirring continuously so that it does not stick to the bottom.Take off the flame. Add the cardamom powder and stir well . Once its a little cool form into small ladoos.

I rolled the ladoos in dried dessicated coconut as malai ladoos are a little sticky and hence a little difficult to handle . I rolled the prepared ladoos in the coconut powder and coated them lightly . It also gave a slight taste of coconut to the final ladoo which we liked however you can totally avoid this if you want.

These two go as my entry for the Krishna and Ganesh Chaturthi event hosted by Purva of Purva's daawat


LG said...

;) drooling now over those laddus and burfis..going to make them soon..

ushaprashanth said...

Burfi and laddoos are looking delicious!! they are easy to make too!!!!!! lovely!

notyet100 said...

nic epost burfi reminded me of home,..decorating jhanki was somuch fun na ,,,miss those carefree days,...ceya hppy bloggin...


LG ... try making them they are super easy.

Usha ..they are easy that is why I made them..I hardly get the time to try complicated recipes.

Yes Priyanka..making jhankis is what I miss the most about janmasthami....

sowmya said...

nice one..looks superb..i posted one yesterday!!


hi soumya,

thanks for the comment . I saw your do it the proper way ...mine is the shortcut :-)

Purva Desai said...

I am sure Bal Gopal was really happy with ur yummy offerrings of Nariyal Barfi and Malai Ladoos.
Thank you for the wonderful entry

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

I love coconut burfi but these days I never make them, the mail ladoo sounds intresting will remember to prepare sometime.

Vanamala said...

oh coool

Divya said...

They looks so white and clean... great job!

Priti said...

Nice too prepare nariyal burfi same way minus the oil. Malai ladoos looks so gud.. instead of Baal Gopal can we come over for the feast ;)

Sujatha said...

Burfis look yummy! and I love that cute photo of Krishna..

Sukanya said...

The burfis and laddoos are looking so yummy. Iam sure Baal Gopal would have had an excellent feast at your house.


thanks Purva, Srimathi, Vanamala, Divya, Sukanya, Sujatha and Priti ..

Priti you are most welcome ..drop in anytime.