NARKOL NARU.....are too pious for us.....specially made during the festive season. At first it is offered to God before we consume. There are a couple of variety, the ones made with jaggery and sugar-milk being the most common.
Whenever I sit to make this prosperity balls, it brings back a lot of memories. Nowadays with shredded coconut available in the market, it has become easy to make these sweet, coconutty balls. But this was not the scene 30-35 years back. It was quite a complex process.
My maternal grandpa had 13 coconut trees surrounding his garden. In our country, there are specially trained people to get those coconuts down the trees and get rid of the the hard outer cover. After this, my grandma and other elderly ladies took charge of the whole process, from breaking the coconuts to making of the balls.
The red balls are made with jaggery and the white ones I have made with condensed milk. Authentically, the white ones are made of only sugar or milk n sugar.
INGREDIENTS :(for the coconut balls with jaggery)
Shredded Coconut: 250 gm
Sugarcane Jaggery : 125 gm
Camphor : 1 small tablet(can alternate with 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder)
Water : 200 ml
Put a wok on the gas. Once heated, pour the water first, then the jaggery. Let the jaggery melt at medium heat. Once it melts, lower the gas. Meanwhile, blend the shredded coconut to a fine paste with very little water. Keep stirring the jaggery, otherwise it may burn. When the jaggery will seem like getting bit sticky, put in the coconut paste. Mix very well. Put in the camphor tablet. Keep on stirring till the water from the coconut starts drying up and get sticky. When the mixture will seem coming out from the sides of the wok, it's ready.
Transfer into a plate. Let it cool a bit but not fully. Apply little oil on your both palms. While the coconut mix is still warm, take little by little on your both palms and shape into smooth, round balls.
Please note, the camphor is to add a distinct flavour to the coconut balls. You may skip it if you don't want.
INGREDIENTS :(for the coconut balls with condensed milk)
Shredded Coconut : 250 gm
Condensed Milk : 100 ml
Camphor : 1 tablet.(can alternate with 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder)
Put the wok on your gas stove. In a blender, blend the shredded coconut into a paste with little water. Once heated, pour in the condensed milk.
Once it comes to a boil, put in the coconut paste. Put in the camphor tablet. Keep stirring till the mixture get sticky.
Transfer into a plate. Let cool a bit. Shape into smooth round balls while they are still warm. Applying oil on your palms will help to shape better and smoothen.