Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Narkol Naru/Sticky Coconut Balls with Chopped Pears - Microwave Method

Today was a bit busy. In another two weeks i m leaving to india, for a two month bindaas vacation. So a bit of cleaning up started. And also, I met Nalini Suresh of Nalini's Kitchen in my home. It was such a pleasure meeting.  She came home with her hubby Mr. Suresh and her two Kiddo's. The Little one was still in Jet Lag and didn't open a eye-lid!!! We had a nice chat for some time and didn't know how the time flew. I felt like we knew each other for a long time ,would love to have such pleasured company and thanks to this Blogging World, for bringing us together as family and friends.
Coming to today's recipe, these truffles i made long ago, not knowing, that they belong to Bengali Cuisine. Originally thought of posting it for Next week's theme. While Blog-hopping, looking for Bengali Recipes, i came across these truffles @ Ishita's Space. Since today i couldn't manage to do what i intended to do, i thought i will post this today!!! Sigh!!!
So, let's talk some history about these truffles Traditionally this is made using Notun Gur/Nolen Gur/Date Jaggery, Nolen/Notun Jaggery literally means New Jaggery, which is available during Winter season. But here, i get the normal jaggery, but i m not sure of Date Jaggery. But , we do get, a lot of Date Syrup, fresh, thick and tasty, aromatic Date Syrup!!! I have made this using Date syrup. 
As i said, i didn't know this belongs to Bengali Cuisine, if known i wouldn't added Pear. So, if you guys want an authentic Bengali Delicacy, try without adding pears.!!!But i don't  regret adding Chopped pears to these truffles, Happy that  one way or the other some fruit is getting into their diet!!! :)
You can read some more about this Wonderful Cuisine @ Kolkatta's Sweetest Season

Ingredients
1 Cup Freshly Grated Coconut
3/4 Cup Date Syrup
2 Rosemary Pears, Finely Chopped (optional)
2-3 pods of Cardamom, Crushed
2 tbsp Roasted Almonds, Silvered (optional)
Method
  • In a Microwave Safe Pan/Bowl, Take the Almonds Silvers, add a drop of oil and Cook @ Microwave for a minute or two, for it to roast. In my Microwave, for this amount it takes a Minute to roast. Every Microwave works different, so cook accordingly.
  • In Another Microwave Safe Deep-Bowl, Take the Coconut and Date Syrup.  Cook @ Microwave High for 6 minutes. Taking the Bowl out. after Every 1 minute and Stirring well. After the first 3 minutes, the mixture might look runny, don't worry, Keep Cooking, it will start thickening.
  • After the first 6 minutes, the mixture will be medium thick, now add the chopped pears to this and Mix well. Cook @ Microwave high for another 3 minutes, taking out after every 1 minute and stirring.
  • After this add Crushed Cardamom and chopped almonds, Cook @ Microwave high for another 2-3 minutes, for the mixture to come together.
  • Take it out of the oven, let it sit for 4-5 minutes and Cool. Make Golf-size balls out of it and if needed you can roll it on some fresh coconut. But i skipped that, as such they tasted Good.
  • Store it in an Air-tight Container in the Refrigerator. It will stay good for a week, mine got over in 2-3 days.
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15 comments:

  1. Omg, thos sticky coconut balls are just addictive and damn cute.Thats wonderful and happy that you guys met , have a nice vacation Priya..

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  2. it is so nice to meet fellow bloggers. glad you had so much fun. Bengali sweet looks fab too!

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  3. Lovely to hear that you met Nalini.. Blogging has sure given us all some good new friends :-)
    Those truffles look awesome and are packed with healthy & delicious ingredients.
    Enjoy your India trip!!

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  4. wow thats great and nice to hear that you guys had great fun dear :) lovely recipe and healthy looking sticky balls :)

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  5. It is nice you could meet Nalini. Coconut balls looks great. Enjoy your vacation!

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  6. Enjoy your vacation in India. The sticky coconut balls look yum.

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  7. these looks so addictive and healthy... yumm...

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  8. Healthy recipe and coconut balls looks so yummm...

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  9. looks soooo healthy n yummy...

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  10. Good that you met Nalini..and the treat is looking great...hoping to meet you when you come down here..:)

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  11. Oooooooooooo! these are yum. I am sure we will love these. Wish I can eat some off the screen right now.:)

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  12. These treats look stunning and drool worthy!!

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  13. the laddoos are just yummy, so cute and great twist with addition of pears...

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  14. Wow.. That's a new one to me.. Looks perfect & great :)

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Thanks a Lot for taking your time out and Visiting my Kitchen!!!!! Your Valuable Comments keep me going!!! Feel free to ask your doubts , i will definitely try reply you back. Good Day!!!

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