Maharashtrian Narali Bhaat Or Sweetened Coconut Rice
Narali Bhaat or coconut rice is an authentic Maharashtrian cuisine. Its sweet in taste and added flavours of coconut makes this dish divinely tasty. While I’m on a mission of exploring different regional cuisine (which I will post soon on my blog) this seems as a great addition to my food-bank. Well I will give full credit to one of my friend Kirti Mahadik for sharing this beautiful recipe of Narali Bhaat with me. I have given few variations to the authentic recipe.
Well there is a superb story behind this as well. Thats the beauty of our traditional cuisine that every food must have some or other story associated with it. Some we get to know from our grand parents and some still not known to many. This rice is specially made on Narali Poornima (Shravan Poornima). Coconut related dishes are prepared on this day. (Anyways western part and southern part of our country are very fond of coconut. Isn’t it?) This is celebrated as last day of monsoon. So the fishing season starts from this day onwards. So the fishermen offer coconut is offered to Lord Varuna who is known as lord of sea for their safety and prosperity.
Wow.. but this rice is so tasty and you can actually make it on any day. Jaggery is used to sweetened the rice. So from health factor also its a good one. Here to give it some more healthy aspect I am taking brown rice. (I have started low-carb diet and can’t wait to taste this super delicious rice). Again its loaded with lots of raisins and nuts. So healthy for kids as well.
Lets make this Sweetened Coconut Rice or Maharashtrian Narali Bhaat.