Being away from blogging for a long time, I once again decided to cook and post something on the eve of Navratri. And while writing this post suddently I realised that this is my 200th post. OMG.. is it true or a dream? I started this blog just for fun, but when I look back, I cant believe that I have cooked so many dishes. Once again, I take this opportunity to thank all my followers, visitors and friends for always inspiring me with comments and likes. And last but not least I really want to thank my Mom and Wife for always supporting and guiding me.
Co-incedently my 200th post is a traditional Maharashtrian recipe and that too very simple. Traditionally Naralachya Vadya or Coconut Burfi are made by using only three ingredients namely, scrapped Coconut, Sugar and Cardamom powder for flavouring. However, I have also seen people adding milk and cream to make these Vadi soft. Hence, I have added milk and garnished it with Silver Varq and Pistachios, which is not part of the traditional recipe.
Servings: 20-25 pieces
Approx. Time: 30-45 min (excluding cooling time)
3 cups scraped Coconut (2 small sized Coconuts)
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Full fat Milk with Cream
1 tspn Cardamom Powder
Ghee for greasing plate
Break the Coconuts from centre. Scrape out only the white portion out of it. Then mix scraped Coconut, Sugar and Milk with Cream together in a bowl. Set it aside for approximately half an hour.
After resting, transfer the mixture into a non stick pan. On medium flame, cook the mixture for 25-30 minutes by continuously stirring it. You will find that the mixture thickens and lumps are formed. Pick litte bit of mixture and roll it on your thumb with one finger. If the mixture doesnt stick to your thumb or finger, that means it is appropriately cooked. Turn off the flame and add Cardamom powder to the mixture. Mix well.
Then grease an aluminium plate and pour the mixture on it. Spread it evenly with the help of greased Spatula. Cut it into squares when it is hot. Allow it to cool and set. Once the bottom of plate has cooled off completely, remove the Vadis from plate. Garnish it with Silver Varq and Pistachios. (Optional). These can be stored outside refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Notes:1. If you feel that the mixture has turned dry, then add a tablespoon of Milk to make it moist.
2. You may also substitute fresh Coconut with Dessicated Coconut.
3. An addition of 1 cup Mava (Khoa) will make these Vadis more rich and tasty.
4. You may make variants like Rose by adding rose water, Saffron flavoured by adding Saffron, etc.
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