Narali Bhat (Sweet Coconut Rice)

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 2
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Steam Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

Narali Bhat is a delicious rice recipe made with coconut and sugar. The recipe is best to satisfy your sweet tooth. This vegetarian recipe is hugely popular in coastal areas where coconut is in abundance.

This easy to make recipe is served as main and loved by those with sweet cravings. You can learn how to make this at home in a few easy steps with our recipe guide. Soaked rice are steamed first. Coconut and sugar are added to the cooked rice along with grated coconut and some ghee.

The ingredients are mixed well and some drops of lime juice are also added. Cooked rice is then garnished with nuts like almonds, raisins, saffron strands and varkh before they are served.

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  • 300 g - sugar
  • 2 tbsp - oil or ghee
  • 200 g - rice
  • 200 g - fresh grated coconut
  • 10 to 12 raisins
  • 5 to 6 powdered cardamoms
  • 5 to 6 saffron strands soaked in a tbsp of milk
  • 4 to 5 almonds
  • a pinch salt
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 3 to 4 tsp - ghee

How to Make Narali Bhat (Sweet Coconut Rice)

  • Wash the rice thoroughly. Drain in a colander for at least 2 hours. In a deep pan, heat the 2 tbsp of oil or ghee.
  • Add 1 cup of water and cook the rice till the grains are separate but not soft.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in the sugar and coconut while the rice is still hot.
  • Replace the pan on the stove and cook over a low flame, stirring occasionally.
  • Mix the rice gently so that the grains do not break and turn to mush.
  • When the rice starts to bubble, reduce the heat to minimum and stir in the lime juice.
  • Cover the pan and let the rice steam through once.
  • Remove the narali bhat from the heat. Mix in the cardamoms, saffron and 3-4 tsp of ghee.
  • Place the dish in a serving bowl and garnish with varkh, raisins, silvered almonds.
  • This rice tastes good both hot or chilled, fresh or stale.