Narli Bhaat, also known as Sweet Coconut Rice, is an authentic Maharashtrian dish. This dish is especially popular during the the full moon festival known as Narli Purnima during the month of Shravan. It is said that fishermen offer coconuts and pray to the sea – asking for tranquility – so that they can continue to fish and take their boats out to sea during the monsoon season. On this day, we also celebrate Raksha Bandan, which is a beautiful celebration of the loving bond between sisters and brothers.
As Maharashtra lies in a coastal region, there are plenty of coconut trees and rice produce which is why this sweet dish was created as a dessert for the observance of this full moon festival.
Here is the recipe of this delicious Narli Bhaat:
- 1/2 cup Basmati rice
- 2 + 1/2 tbs of Ghee
- 3/4 cup of Sugar
- 1/2 cup Jaggery
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 2-3 tbs of grated Coconut
- Few Saffron strands
- 1/2 tsp of Cardamom powder
- 1/4 tsp of Nutmeg powder
- 3-4 green cardamom
- 2-3 cloves
- 7-8 cashew nuts
- 6-8 raisins
- 1 piece of Cinnamon
Begin by washing and soaking the rice for at least half an hour and then drain the water.
Next, take a thick bottomed pan. Once hot, add 2 tsp of Ghee, cloves and cardamoms. Once this begins to crackle, add the rice to the pan and continue sautéing for 2-3 minutes. Add 2 tbs of fresh coconut and sauté until it turns slightly golden-brown in color. Now, add the coconut milk and stir well.
Let this mixture cook on medium flame for 4-5 mins. Once its starts boiling and bubbles start to form, cover the pan and let this cook on simmer for another 4-5 mins.
Next, add jaggery and sugar and pinch of salt to it and mix well. Keep in mind, you can always adjust the sweetness according to your taste.
Cover the pan again and let it cook for some time. Add saffron,Cardamom and nutmeg powder to it.
Finally, remove the cover and add 1/2 tsp of Ghee, roasted cashew nuts and raisins to it. Stir and make sure the moisture has evaporated and rice is well cooked and nicely separated.
Once it’s ready then transfer to the serving dish and garnished with roasted cashew nuts on top.
Your delicious Narli bhaat (sweet coconut rice) is ready to be served.
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