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