Festival time is the most enjoyable time for every Indian family. Every occasion is celebrated joyously together with the entire family. The festive time is the time when the entire place is lit up, and everyone enjoys the occasion. But no festival is complete without delicious items cooked by the ladies of the house. It is during these days that we share our meals with family and friends and have fun. And now it’s the season, for the most celebrated and cherished festivals of India and especially Maharashtra that are Raksha Bandhan and Narali Purnima.
These festivals are celebrated with great pomp in Maharashtra, and various traditional dishes are cooked during this celebration period. One of the most delicious dishes that are cooked during these festivals is the ‘Narali Bhat’. This is a Maharashtrian recipe and is also known as Coconut rice. This dish is very simple to cook. All you need are the following ingredients.
- A cup of Basmati Rice
- Some shredded or grated coconut, should be fresh
- A cup of sugar
- Coconut milk and some unsalted butter
- A few tablespoons of Pure Ghee
- Salt, Cinnamon, Cloves, green Cardamom, all according to the quantity and spice you require.
- Some dry fruits like Almond, raisins, etc.
After you have all these ingredients ready, it is very easy to cook the dish. The first step is to wash the basmati rice. Then heat the ghee, add cardamom, a stick of cinnamon and 3 to 4 cloves. Add this to the rice and sauté. Then boil the coconut milk, add a pinch of salt and add some water. When it is boiled, add this mixture to the rice.
Mix well and let the rice heat on medium and let it get cooked for 10 minutes. Now take another pan and create a mixture of grated coconut, sugar and dry fruits. When this mixture starts to cook add some rice, some saffron for colour, and one or two tablespoons of ghee. Mix this mixture with the cooked rice lightly and put it to heat for some more 5 minutes. Let it cool and enjoy your yummy ‘Narali Rice’.