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Narali Bhat

Narali Bhat !

Traditionally, Narali Bhat is popular in Maharashtra ,Goa, Known as Meethe Chaval in the north & Sweet Pongal in the southern parts of India , made mostly during festivals .

The Full moon falling in July /August is called Narali Poornima . “Poornima “ being a full moon night !

On this auspicious Full Moon day “Narali Poornima” is celebrated with great zest amongst the Fishermen specially as the calming of the sea is done by worshipping the sea god 🙏

Boats are decorated in its best and new clothes are worn!

“Coconut “ the auspicious Fruit is often used in worship .

So fresh coconuts are offered up to the Gods & to the sea “Varun “ the guardian of fisherfolk, and lord Shiva .

Coconut is also incorporated into recipes and narali bhat is made in honour as an important dish on this particular day !

so here’s to this divine -

Sweet Naralli Bhat !

Narali Bhat

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp ghee

  • 3 pods cardamom / elachi

  • 3 cloves / lavang ( optional )

  • 1 inch cinnamon / dalchini

  • 1 cup short grain aromatic rice, soaked 15 minutes

  • 1 cup water

  • few saffron / kesar

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder

  • 2 tbsp ghee

  • 10-15 almonds

  • 2 tbsp raisins / kishmish

  • ½ cup jaggery or Sugar

  • 1 cup thin coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup coconut cream ( thick extraction of the coconut milk )

INSTRUCTIONS

  • in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp ghee and saute 3 pods cardamom, 3 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon until it turns aromatic.

  • add the washed & soaked rice (soaked for 15-20 minutes) and saute for a minute.

  • add 1 cup thin coconut milk , saffron and salt.

  • mix well, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until rice is almost cooked to al dente /80% done

  • in another pan heat 1 tbsp ghee and roast the chopped almonds , raisins until it turns golden brown.

  • add to the rice ,

  • add the crushed & powdered cardamom

  • add the jaggery / sugar and thick coconut milk to the almost cooked rice

  • saute on low flame until jaggery / sugar melts and combined well & mixture have turned aromatic.

  • cover and simmer for 5 mins

  • Finally top with a garnish of Almond finely sliced , saffron strands and enjoy narali bhat !!

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