Friday, October 22, 2010

Narkel Naru for Lokkhi Puja

Aaj Lokkhi Pujo, which means Narkel Naru is necessary. IMG_2265

So it was natural for me to give in to peer pressure. IMG_2269 IMG_2270IMG_2277 IMG_2260

Ingredients for Narkel Naru/Bengali Coconut Laddu are:

3 cups shredded coconut (fresh or packaged; I used the unsweetened kind)
300 ml sweetened condense milk
1 cup plain milk
6-8 green cardamoms, coarsely ground

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Move around the coconut in a thick bottom pan for about 4-5 minutes on very low heat. Add the condense milk and the cup of milk, mix well. Keep the heat at the lowest gas mark.

The coconut and the milk mixture should start bubbling on the sides and get thicker. Keep mixing it with a silicon coated ladle if you have, else use a steel spoon. Make sure you keep scraping the bottom of the pan and watch the mixture all the time.

After about 10 minutes on low heat the mixture would have cooked. Turn the heat off and add the cardamom powder. Give it a good mix and let the coconut mixture cool down.

When the mixture is cool enough for you to handle, make little lemon-size balls with your hands and place on a clean platter. This quantity makes about 20 naru/ laddu.

Store in an airtight box and do refrigerate.

IMG_2274 IMG_2253 The Narkel Naru is an essential offering in many Indian festivals, and particularly the Lokkhi Puja/ Lakshmi Puja that Bengalis do just after Durga Puja.

IMG_2249 IMG_2272IMG_2253 IMG_2257May the Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth shower her blessings on all of you and some Narkel Naru too, but watch that head. Bhalo theko.

More photos are here.

12 comments:

sinfullyspicy said...

I love the clicks of goddess in your post.Really beautiful! I liked the narkel naru made with khejur gur a lot at my in laws house.They were addictive.

GB said...

In our home that big batch won't last more than two days----hubs loves coconut and has a major sweet tooth.

Hope you had a lovely Lakshmi pooja!

purplehomes said...

how the hell do you manage to cook so many goodies all the time & so perfect for the occasion!!!!

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Jaya said...

Pree,

Bijoyar shubhecha ..amader bari te O narkel nadu hoto Pujor samay ..protek ta chobi bishon shundor hoyeche..hugs and smiles

Priya said...

Cute and prefect looking coconut laddoos..yumm!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

perfect ladoos and love the clicks of goddess too...

Lynne said...

What a lovely dish!

shooting star said...

i love narkeler naru..mom used to make it!!!!

btw, i made the bitter gourd recipe yesterday and the in laws appreciated it!!!
thanks for your recipe, do check out my blog, i have posted the pic of the dish!!

aipi said...

very nicely made nariyal ladoos and equally beautifully presented..I especially love the Goddess statue..its a pity I don't find beautiful artwork like this here..have been looking for a while now:(

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