Narkel Naru

Narkel Naru

"Chinir Narkel Naru" and "Gurer Narkel Naru" are two different types and their preparation and quantities are also different. "Gurer Naru" is little difficult to make. Narkel Naru is a dessert from Bengal. They are ball-shaped and made from khoya/condensed milk and coconut, a traditional food during Pujas such as the Durga Puja/Lakshmi Puja. They are consumed through-out India. Here is the recipe of another version of Narkel Naru, which is made with scraped coconut & date palm jaggery. This "Narus" are served specially during "Lakshmi Puja". Specially in the event of Laksmi Puja, coconut laddu's are made in every Bengali houses. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

Scraped Coconut of 2 Medium size Coconut, Or Frozen Scraped Coconut - 4 cups, thaw it before using
Gur Or Date Palm Jaggery - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Khoya - 1/3 cup

Instructions:

1. Take a non-stick pan, add the scraped coconut, gur, sugar all together and mix all the ingredients using your hand.
2. Now place the pan on low heat. Give it a stir to check that it is not burning. Cook this on low flame so that you will know that it is slowly forming a mass.
3. If you want to make it sticky and love the deep brownish hue then add two to three tablespoon jaggery more. Adjust the quantity of jaggery as per your taste.
4. Keep on cooking it on low flame till all the jaggery melts and is well incorporated into the coconut. When the mixture will look like little sticky, add the khoya and mix with it.
5. Now turn off the heat when you think that it is forming small lumps.Remove the mixture immediately from the non-stick pan and spread it out on a plate.
6. Take 2 tablespoons of coconut mix and roll into a ball. The Naru has to be formed while the mix is still warm, almost hot.
7. It will harden when it cools and you will not be able to give it shape. Make the rest of the Naru and let them cool down completely. Your "Gurer Naru" is ready to serve.

Source:
Bangla Ranna: An Introduction to Bengali Cuisine: Satarupa Banerjee
Publisher: Orient Longman