This is the first sweet my mother-in-law taught me after I got married, and so has a special place in my heart.. and kitchen! 🙂
- Thoroughly mix the coconut and sugar. Set aside for 1 hr. This will ensure that the sugar at least partially melt before cooking.
- Transfer into a wide, thick-bottomed vessel/pan.
- Set on a low flame and stir constantly.
- This will prevent the sugar from caramelizing on the bottom of the pan.
- Keep stirring until the sugar melts and bind the coconut together. Check to see if a small lump can hold the shape of a ball.
- Once it is done, take off the flame, and immediately make into the shape you prefer: laddoo or burfi.
- Dab your hand in cold water to make it easier to touch the hot coconut. But be sure not to make the coconut too wet.
This sweet taught me the importance of patience when cooking… which was probably why my ma-in-law taught it to me in the first place!!! 😉