Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Narali Bhat (Sweet Coconut Rice) - a sweet delicacy for Narali Pournima (full moon) Festival

Hello friends, on the auspicious occasion of Narali Pournima and Rakhi, I am going to share a recipe for a traditional Maharashtrian dish called Narali Bhat also known as Sakhar bhat.

It is super simple and delicious. We always used to make it for Rakhi pournima or Rakshabandhan since my brother has a sweet tooth. So this narali bhat has lots of fond memories of childhood hidden in it.

So here goes the recipe:

Ingredients: Rice - 1 cup, Water - 2 cups, Grated coconut - 1 cup, Sugar - 1 cup (you can reduce sugar and add 3-4 tbsp jaggery too), salt - 1 pinch, ghee - 1/2 cup, cardamoms - 5-6, cloves - 5-6, Cashews halved- 10-12, Almonds - chopped - 8-10, few saffron strands - mix with warm milk.

 Procedure: Wash the rice and set it aside. Heat a pan (preferable flat), add ghee, when it melts, add cloves and cardamom, cashews and almonds. Saute till cashews are very light brown. Add the washed rice and saute it for 4-5 mins. Add a pinch of salt. Add water and cover and cook for 10-12 mins on medium low heat till rice is almost done. Add grated coconut, sugar/jaggery and saffron dissolved in warm milk to the rice. Take care not to break the rice. Cover and cook for 5-8 mins on low heat. Turn off the gas and let it sit for 10 mins. Remove everything in a pan and let it cool. Decorate with nuts and serve.

Happy Narali Pournima and Rakhi Pournima to all. Till my next post, take care everyone.


Ria J said...

That looks so delicious.

R Thomas said...

Delicious and well captured picture.

S Sane said...

This is so yummy.

R said...

@Ria J: Isn't it? Thanks!

R said...

@ R Thomas: Thanks so much!

R said...

@ S Sane: Thank you :)