Narkel Chapa is a Bengali dessert prepared with coconut. We make it using coconut paste, sugar, and a dash of camphor along with Khowa.
- 2 Coconuts
- 100g Sugar
- 75g Khowa
- 1 pinch Edible camphor
- 1/4 Tsp. Ghee to grease the mold
- Break the coconut and scrape it using a coconut scrapper.
- You will get around 1.5 cups of coconut from one coconut.
- Following the same process grate another coconut as well.
- Once done, use a food processor or shil batta and make a smoother paste of the scrapped coconut.
- Now take the coconut paste to a pan and on low flame roast it for 4 minutes.
- Once the aroma comes from the coconut, add sugar to it and let it cook till the sugar dissolves.
- Stir continously at this stage.
- The mixture will be a bit soggy after 2-3 minutes of cooking on low flame.
- Now add crumbled Khowa to it and mix vigorously.
- Cook for 3 minutes and you will see the mixture is leaving the edges of the pan.
- At this point add a pinch of Camphor (this is completely optional) and mix well.
- Take the mixture out in a plate.
- Be ready with a traditional mold (as I have shown in the pictures); and 1/4 tsp. Ghee.
- As you need to use your hands to make Narkel chapa, wait for at least 10 minutes before shaping those to avoid burn.
- Meanwhile, grease the mold with ghee.
- Take a small portion of the mixture and make a ball.
- Now press it using the mold and your palm to give the impression.
- Take it out from the mold carefully and make the remaining Narkel Tokti.
- Place them on a plate and leave them at room temperature for 30 minutes so that they can be dried properly.
- You can store Narkel Chapa for 7-10 days easily in an airtight container though it is a difficult thing to do!
- Do not directly make a paste of coconut pieces if you want to get a perfect consistency. The process is laborious but worth doing.
- You can adjust the sugar based on your preference.
- YOu can use jaggery instead of sugar.
- Last but not the least, edible camphor is completely optional/ Never use it more than a pinch as overuse will make the dessert bitter.
- Prep Time: 30min
- Cook Time: 30 min
- Category: Dessert
- Method: cooking
- Cuisine: Bengali
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