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Sweet Coconut Rice (Narali Bhat) Recipe

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Looking for Marathi sweets recipes? Try this recipe of narali bhaat, a Maharashtrian dish that's usually made on the Narali Purnima day.
Author Mukta Tikekar


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup grated fresh coconut
  • 3/4 th cup grated jaggery
  • 4 cloves
  • 2-3 cardamoms powdered
  • 2-3 tbsp raisins and sliced cashew nuts and almonds
  • 2-3 tbsp homemade ghee


  • Wash rice, drain, and then set aside to dry for an hour or so. (Basmati rice is preferable.)
  • Heat a pan, add 1 tbsp ghee and cloves.
  • Add rice, and roast on ghee for a couple of minutes.
  • Cook rice in pressure cooker by adding slightly more water than you usually do for rice. Mom added about 2 and a half cup water. (Excess water will get absorbed when you cook it later by adding coconut and jaggery.)
  • Meanwhile mix grated coconut and jaggery properly in a separate vessel.
  • Heat a pan on low heat, add 1-2 tbsp ghee, coconut-jaggery mixture, cardamom powder, sliced cashew nuts and almonds, and mix well.
  • Add rice and mix carefully to ensure that you don't break the grains.
  • Cook on low flame for about 15-20 minutes till the coconut and jaggery mixture gets cooked properly. Keep stirring every 5 minutes or so to ensure that the rice doesn't get burnt at the bottom of the pan. (Mom covers the pan partially, while the rice is getting cooked.)