Saturday, 29 August 2015

Narali Bhat on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan

Narali Bhat  is a famous Maharastrian sweet dish, made specially on Raksha Bandhan that falls on the full moon day of Shravan Month known as Narali Poonam. 

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated by Brothers and Sisters, wherein on an auspicious time, sisters tie Rakhi to their brothers and in return receive gifts and blessings from brothers. Sisters tie Rakhi and in return brother promises that he will always be their to protect his sister. 

After such emotional and happy time, its time for the sister to prepare something special for her brother. Same here, I am making Narali Bhat. Narali Bhat is a sweet rice dish preparation made of coconut, jaggery and rice.  Its simple, easy and perfect for the occasion.

Rice 3/4th cup
Freshly grated Coconut 1 cup
Jaggery 11/2 cups
Ghee 3 tbsp
Cloves 3
cardamom Powder 1/2 tsp
Kesar / Saffron few strands
Raisins few
Cashew nuts few
Water for cooking

Wash rice under running water and drain. Keep rice to stay so for 20 minutes.

Now in a pan, heat ghee. Once heated, add cloves and washed rice and saute for a minute. Now add around 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water and mix. Now cover and cook the rice until done. It takes almost 8 - 10 minutes.

Once rice is cook, switch off flame and fluff it gently with a fork and allow the rice to get cooled.

Now in a bowl take grated coconut and add jaggery by breaking it into small pieces. Also now add the cooked rice, that must have become warm or come to room temperature. 

Now gently mix and keep ready aside.

In a pan, add ghee. Once hot, add cashew nuts and raisins and once done remove it and keep ready aside.

Lets cook the final part of Narali Bhat....
In a pan, add the coconut, jaggery and rice mixture and stir gently. 

Now add fried cashew nuts and raisins and some kesar / saffron strands and cardamon powder and mix well carefully and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. 

Once done, carefully transfer narali bhat into a plate and Garnish with cashew nuts or as per liked.

Our Narali Bhat is ready. Enjoy this simple yet a perfect festival delicacy dish on Raksha Bandhan.


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