I was thinking while clicking the pictures Gurer Narkel Naru what should be the perfect one-liner for this post! The line which came to my mind on the first note is “Back to the root”.
Bengali Narkel Naru
I am not very strict on writing specifically about Bengali food as for me food has no boundaries but I can't ignore the fact that our upbringing, culture, and taste have a great influence on food. So after some back-to-back Westernized Baked dishes now it's the turn of a typical, traditional Bengali sweet dish which is nothing but Narkel Naru. I believe almost every active cooking member of Bengali families can make Narkel Naru. Gurer Naru is one of the basic yet important sweets from Bengali cuisine prepared with freshly grated Coconut and Jaggery.
Gurer Narkel Naru or Narkel Naru flavored with Jaggery
Before going further it is better to describe Narkel Naru a bit, especially for the readers who are not much aware of the Bengali cuisine. Narkel Naru is a fudge prepared with Coconut and flavored with either sugar or Jaggery. In this post, I am going to share the recipe of Gurer Narkel Naru or Narkol Naru flavored with Jaggery.
Durgapujo and Naru; the unconditional relation
Gurer Narkol Naru prepared by my Dida (grannie) was the ultimate! We used to visit my Mom’s ancestral place Dhaniakhali during some special occasions of the Poojas of Madanmohan Thakur and Dida used to stay there for Three months a year (during Rathjatra, Mochchob, and Doljatra) for the special Pooja. In the evening, Thakur was worshiped with Gurer Narkol Naru every day. That Prasad was divine. For the rest of the 9 months, she used to stay in her house in Howrah, and every now and then she used to send containers full of Naru for me. Mehebub is also a great fan of Dida’s Naru and Mom used to carry Narkel Naru Prepared by dida for him ( and for me too). Dida is no more today but the recipe is with me and it will remain..
In fact, Dida used to make Naru during Durga Puja as well but at that time she used to add little Mawa to the Narkol Naru to make it richer. The recipe I am sharing is with Mawa, however, you can skip that and use only Jaggery.Print
Gurer Narkel Naru is a signature Bengali Sweet prepared with fresh grated coconut and Jaggery
- 3 Coconut
- 350g Jaggery / Gur (I've used Patali Gur)
- 150g Mawa
- 50g Mixed Dry Fruits
- Grate Coconuts using a grater or if using frozen one then just thaw it before using.
- Break the Jaggery into small pieces or if available use powdered Jaggery.
- Now take grated coconut in a non-stick pan and start roasting in low flame till the grated coconut turns light brown in color.
- Stir continuously. This process would take 2-3 minutes.
- Now add entire jaggery to the coconut mix and stir vigorously till the Jaggery stars melting.
- Continue cooking on low flame for around 15-20 minutes or till the mixture turns sticky and golden brown in color.
- Add Mawa and dry fruits and mix thoroughly till Mawa dissolves.
- Switch off the flame after getting desired consistency (as shown in the picture).
- Transfer the mixture to a plate and start forming small balls out of the mixture when it is a bit warm. Don’t wait to let it cool since you may not be able to shape it after that.
- Narkel Naru can be stored in an air-tight container for 10-20 days.
- Don’t use desiccated coconut for preparing Narkol Naru.
- You can skip Mawa and dry fruits
- Cardamom powder can be added for extra flavor
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Category: Sweet
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: Bengali
- Serving Size: 50g
- Calories: 151
- Sugar: 10.4g
- Sodium: 444mg
- Fat: 10.8g
- Saturated Fat: 9.1g
- Carbohydrates: 13.7g
- Fiber: 2.7g
- Protein: 1.4g
- Cholesterol: 1mg
Bengali Sweet recipes
- Narkel Chapa (also known as Narkel Tokti | Bengali Coconut Sondesh)
- Bengali Mishti Doi (also known as Laal Doi)
- Chaler Payesh (also known as Bengali Rice Kheer)
- Besan Laddu (also known as Besan Ladoo | Besan Ka Ladoo)
- Kolar Bora (also known as Bengali Banana Fritters)
- Kamala Bhog (also known as Kamalabhog)
- Darbesh | Bengali Laddu | Dorbesh Recipe
- Motichur Ladoo | Motichur Laddu | Motichoor Laddu
- Gokul Pithe (Bengali Madan Gokul Pitha)
- Patishapta | Bengali Patishapta Pitha
- Bhapa Doi (also known as Bengali Steamed Yogurt)
- Baked Soan Papdi and Mishti Doi Cheesecake topped with Mini Gulab Jamun
Have you tried the authentic Bengali Gurer Narkol Naru Recipe from Debjanir Rannaghar!
Do let me know how it came out. Also, I would love to see a picture of the same which you can share here at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, on Instagram, you can use my hashtag #debjanirrannaghar and in addition, you can tag me at @foodofdebjani.