Saturday, April 16, 2016

Narali Bhaat | Sweet Coconut Rice

Blogging Marathon# 63 -Journey through the cuisines: Day 14
State: Maharashtra
Dish: Narali Bhaat

Today's pick for the blogging marathon is Narali Bhaat. Naral or Naryal aka coconut is a commonly used Maharashtrian ingredient. If you pick a traditional Marathi gravy or even chutney, it will generally have coconut in some form. But in the last five days I have not posted a single sweet dish, so I thought I would round off the state with a sweet or dessert recipe. 




After searching for an interesting sweet recipe that fit all my criteria, I found this recipe for Narali Bhaat. I was sure I was making this for the marathon. While I generally use frozen coconut most of the time, I bought myself a big coconut to get some freshness into the dish. 

The recipe is fairly simple, involving just 3 main ingredients: rice, jaggery and coconut. I made it quickly along with a few other things for brunch, and we had such a wonderful meal. I generally avoid coconut in my cooking as both of us do not enjoy the smell and sometimes overpowering flavor it imparts to the food. I was pretty skeptic of this dish as well.




So, I first added 1/4 cup coconut and after I felt that the flavor was not too overpowering, I added the remaining. It tasted just fine with 3/4 cup coconut. Also, we generally enjoy our sweets with a slightly lower side of sweetness, so 3/4 cup jaggery was enough. If you like it really sweet, add quarter cup more. The dish is quite a delight to have, and a little different from regular sweets.




Ingredients

Rice 1 cup
Jaggery 3/4 cup
Coconut 3/4 cup shredded
Ghee 2-3 tbsp
Almonds 5-6, Cashews 5-6
Green Cardamom 2-3
Clove 2-3
Cinnamon Stick 1 inch




Method

Soak the rice for 30 minutes. Cook them with 1/2 tsp ghee for 2 whistles (partially cooked). Open and fluff the rice.

In a pan heat ghee. Once hot, add cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. When they become flavorful, add the almonds and cashews. Also, add the jaggery and mix.

In about 2 minutes, add the shredded coconut and mix well. Once the jaggery melts, add the rice and cover to cook for 8-10 minutes. Keep checking if the rice is completely cooked. Once done, turn down flame and serve warm.










15 comments :

  1. Such a flavourful rice. As usual amazing snaps..

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  2. Yes coconut sometimes has a peculiar after taste..but the rice looks real good and I would love to try these.

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  3. I love coconut in any dish and so this bharat sounds appealing to me.

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  4. Simple and delicious looking narali bhath -- that too this sweet version looks amazing.

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  5. Ah same pinch!..guess coconut is ruling for this day..nice presentation..

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  6. Coconut sweet rice looks very nice and the rice is very grainy.

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  7. Another sweet coconut rice of the day,very well presented..

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  8. Love the way you presented the dish. great share for N

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  9. Simply fantastic, who can resist to this prefectly cooked Narali bhaat, ultimate sweet rice.

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  10. Coconut sweet rice looks delicious.Love your presentation.

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  11. Lovely dish and amazing presentation:)

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  12. Same pinch. Lovely presentation to the flavorful coconutty rice.

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  13. narali bhaath seems to rule the day :)) great clicks ...

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  14. What a beautiful presentation! Love it :)

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  15. love the way you styled the photo inside coconut shell - and love the dish as well - I love coconut and this is my kind of dish

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