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1. Coconut Barfi

Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 10 mins

  • 2 cups grated coconut
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbps ghee
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence or powdered cardamom
  • A few fried raisins

Mix all the ingredients except raisins in a heavy bottomed pan and keep on stirring on full flame. After few minutes the mixture will thicken and begin to leave the sides of the pan. Quickly transfer into an greased plate and spread the mixture. Allow to cool. Cut into squares and press raisins onto each barfi square. Ensure that you cut the squares while mixture is still warm so that they cut easily.

2. Seven Cup Delight

Prep time: 5 mins Cooking time: 10-12 minutes

  • 1 cup gram flour (Besan)
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated coconut

Mix all the ingredients together in a heavy bottomed pan and place on fire. Stir well and allow thickening. When the mixture leaves the sides of the pan, switch off flame and pour in to a greased plate. When partially cooled cut into diamond shape by drawing oblique lines using a sharp knife.

P.S.This simple sweetmeat keeps well in an airtight container for many days.

3.Til Laddu

Prep time 15 minutes Cooking time: 10 mins

  • 1 cup black sesame seeds (til seeds)
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup jaggery pieces
  • 1 cup grated coconut

Dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan till they pop. Transfer all ingredients into a mixie jar including the roasted sesame. Grind well. Transfer the ground mixture into a plate. Grease palms with oil or ghee and roll mixture into small balls [approx the size of a gooseberry/amla]. Cool and store.

more on http://www.pennews.net/news/2651/Navaratri+Sweets

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