Kopri Mithai- Coconut Barfi

September 7, 2007 at 12:31 pm 22 comments

Gokulashtami or Krishna Janmashtami was always associated with Gopalkala (Prasad made from beaten rice-Poha and green chillie, curds etc) and Dahi-handi, till I got married.

After I got married, I came to know that the little lord Krishna is treated to some assorted mouthwatering treats, in most parts of south India.My Mother-in-law prepares at least 5 sweet and savory items for this day. So whatever sweets you see in the Prasad plate are all learnt from her.

I will give here a simple recipe for Kopri Mithai or Coconut Barfi. I have already blogged about the Chivda recipe here.

Thank you, Lakshmi for letting me know of the festive carnival at the Yum Blog.This pooja Prasad is being sent to the Yum Blog for the Srijayanti event


Prasad: Milk Barfi,Coconut Barfi,Mysore Pak,Rava(semolina) Ladoo and Chivda 


Kopri Mithai or Coconut Barfi recipe


 Grate fresh coconut. Try to remove the black portion of coconut as far as possible. Use it to make chutney or sambar. Measure the grated coconut using a cup.

Measure equal amount of sugar (My husband has a swwwwwweeeeeeeth tooth unlike me and equal proportion is a must for him. If you are like me, you can reduce the amount of sugar.

In a heavy bottom pan add the coconut and sugar and cook on low flame, stirring continuously.

Cook, stirring continuously till the mixture comes together and forms a ball like mass (most of the moisture dries up).

Add Cardmom powder (this is optional –I don’t like it so I don’t add it). Mix well.

Grease a flat plate with a little ghee and spread the coconut mixture in it and flatten it with your hands or a rolling pin.

Sprinkle some golden raisins on this mixture.

Cut into desired shape (usually squares or diamonds).

Let it cool completely at room temperature.  

This is one of the most authentic and favourite sweets from the state of Karnataka, so this is my first entry for RCI-Karnataka hosted by the lovely Asha without her spectacles! J 

And here’s my little Kanha celebrating Gokulashtami


Entry filed under: For the sweet tooth.

Krishna Janmashtami Ganesh Chaturthi

22 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Raaga  |  September 7, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Don’t know which is sweeter… the plate of sweets for Krishna or your little Krishna himself.

    Lovely sweets and a hug to your little one from me please
    @ 🙂 thanks

  • 2. Nupur  |  September 7, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Your kid is so adorable, Madhuli! And the way you dress him up and help him celebrate every festival is so sweet. Making so many great memories.

  • 3. Mallika  |  September 7, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    He is so cute. Really like the recipe. Tell me what if I use sweetened dessicated coconut? Would it work?

  • 4. Asha  |  September 7, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Madhuli,kid looks like real Krishna!!:))
    Mysore Pak and Kobbari Mithai is also very Karnataka sweets indeed. Thank you without specs and bright and clear vision! Hahaha! 😀
    They look lovely,enjoy:))

  • 5. jai  |  September 7, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    why is there no yashoda in the picture? 🙂

  • 6. bee  |  September 7, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    why is there no yashoda in the picture? 🙂

  • 7. Happy cook  |  September 7, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I agree with Raaga don’t know which is sweeeter

  • 8. sandeepa  |  September 7, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    I loved your son’s attire. He looks like a litle Krishna. Do you deck up kids on the Janmashtami day or is it for some play ?

  • 9. BongMom  |  September 7, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    I loved your son’s attire. He looks like a litle Krishna. Do you deck up kids on the Janmashtami day or is it for some play ?

  • 10. Tee  |  September 7, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Your little Kanha is adorable 🙂
    coconut burfi looks great…haven’t made these in a long time .

  • 11. pooja v  |  September 8, 2007 at 12:52 am

    I completely agree with ragga. Both Krishna n barfi look nice.

  • 12. TheCooker  |  September 8, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Chased away the gopis?

    When making the burfi, how long does it typically take for the moisture to dry up?

  • 13. Rajitha  |  September 8, 2007 at 1:09 am

    Madhuli.. ur son is soo cute.. and about the equal proportion of sugar to anything.. i hear you.. my husband’s has a super sweet tooth too..this is perfect, will try this one out 🙂

  • 14. bhags  |  September 8, 2007 at 1:32 am

    kanha looks cute, just watch out for all the gopiyas around…:)
    the plat of goodies is awesome, i am yearning for something like that since ages

  • 15. Sakshi  |  September 8, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Aww! Kiddo is looking sweet!
    Damn it! I am missing out on so much of his life!

  • 16. bee  |  September 8, 2007 at 5:17 am

    sorry, that wasn’t jai flirting. that was me.

  • 17. sharmi  |  September 10, 2007 at 12:53 am

    waw your kanna is so well dressed. Mine was very naughty and was not letting me to even take a pic:)
    I would love to try the burfis.

  • 18. roopa  |  September 10, 2007 at 10:20 am

    just awesome! the dress is looking so cute on him 🙂

  • 19. priyanka  |  September 12, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Madhuli, your son looks so cute and adorable, really a kanha…the coconut burfi is very tempting.

  • 20. sona  |  September 12, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    thats a real easy recipie..thanks for sharing….your kid is real cute!!!

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