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Coconut barfi/ Narla chaya Vadya

This is a special post for Narali Poornima- Cocount Day, which is observe in coastal region from Mumbai, Kokan and some parts of Goa. This holiday is celebrated on a day with the full moon in Sravan month.

On this day, the Koli/fishing community offers coconuts to the sea and prays to the sea god for calmer seas and a good catch. It’s an official start of fishing season after a break in monsoon season.

It’s a very important day, celebrated with lots of dancing and food made out of coconuts. Some examples of these would be: cocount sweets, coconut rice, and coconut karanjis.

Usually, Raksha Bandhan falls on same day. It calls for a double celebration.

Yields: 14 servings 

prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook time: 20 minutes


You will need:

  • 1 cup fresh /frozen coconut
  • 1/2 cup preferred whole milk
  • 1/2 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee.
  • some ghee to grease the tray
  • silver foil for decoration.(optional)
  • slivered/ sliced nuts for decoration.

If using frozen coconut defrost, before use.
Grease the tray and keep aside.

How to proceed:

  1. In a pan add milk , stirring occasionally. Reduce it to half.
  2. Add milk powder and  mix well so there are no lumps.
  3. Next add coconut.
  4. Add sugar after 5 minutes.
  5. When the mixture starts to pull from sides of pan, add ghee and cardamom powder.
  6. Immediately remove the mixture on a greased tray and spread evenly.
  7. Press nuts on top.
  8. Once cool completely cut in desired shape.
  9. Place silver foil on top, if desire.
  10. Serve at room temperature.
  11. Consume within 2 days.

By Cardamomncream

Hi, I’m Neeta and welcome to my blog, Cardamomncream. On this blog, you will find family recipes and some new recipes, but with a twist.
Cooking comes naturally to me, I guess I inherited it from my maternal grandmother. I love baking as it’s a good activity to spend time with my kids.
Baking is my first love. I had a home based baking business of custom cakes. But, with constant moves comes adjusting and settling to new environments and starting over again. So decided to share my experience and knowledge with you all.
The idea behind the blog is to document all my recipes and experience with food, and record all my traditional family recipes, which is a part of my culture.