Today I bring you a rare dessert, which in fact, comes from Bengal. They are Narkel Naru or what is the ladoo made with coconut, milk, sugar and cardamom. The narkel naru is a must during any puja, a religious ritual to worship one or more deities as well as to celebrate a spiritual event, which are held for a multitude of occasions, such as a birth, a wedding, the beginning of a business or to remind those who are no longer there.
Ceremonies can take place both at home and at temples, and there are also annual festivals such as the Durga Puja and the Kojagari Lakshmi Puja. Narkel Naru is not only made for different festivities, but it is a sweet that is cooked at any time of the year. And, to all of the Bengalis, this dessert inevitably remind of their childhood.
In order to make these sweets, earlier it would take several days. On the one hand, coconut was grated, which made the streets smell like coconut and, besides, it carries an ingredient called khoya or mawa that is cooked from the whole milk and that has a very slow processing. Nowadays, in any supermarket you can find both shredded coconut and mawa, so the preparation time has been reduced to more than half.
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per serving: 355 calories per 100 gms
1 cup jaggery
1 tsp cardamom
6 cups milk
Take milk in a pan and reduce to half the volume. Add the grated coconut and keep stirring. Add the jaggery or sugar and cardamom and continue cooking on low heat stirring frequently. Keep stirring till the milk almost dries up and the coconut mix becomes sticky and comes out clean from the sides. Don't dry it too much.
Take the pan off the heat and cool slightly. When mix is still warm to touch, make balls by rolling between your palms.