This was the first sweet I ever tried making (for my first Deepavali after getting married) and it definitely did not let me down. This is far easier in comparison to the other complicated ones that require the exact stage of sugar syrup, or have to be removed at a particular moment in order to get the perfect consistency. This is more forgiving and is pretty easy to put together.
This is my 2nd entry to Viji's RCI-Tamil Festivals.
Coconut - 1 cup, finely shredded
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tsp + few drops
Cardamom powder - a couple pinches
1) It's best if the coconut is very finely shredded, I run it through the mixie if it's a bit coarse.
2) In a heavy bottomed pan, combine the coconut and sugar on medium heat. The sugar will start melting... Keep stirring.
3) Meanwhile, grease a plate with a few drops of ghee. When the coconut sugar mixture thickens and comes together as a thick mass, add the ghee and cardamom powder. Stir for a few minutes more.
4) Pour onto the greased plate and allow to cool. It will set quite well in about 10-15 minutes after which you cut into desired shapes.
NOTE: In case the coconut mixture is still soft after 10-15 minutes, you can return it to the pan for a few more minutes before letting it set again or roll them into balls with greased hands.