Naralachi Vadi is a Maharashtrian delicacy especially prepared during the festivals of Ganesh Chaturthi & Diwali or to celebrate any occasion. Naralachi Vadi tastes best when prepared with freshly grated coconut. If you are looking for other Ganesh Chaturthi recipes check out Churma Ladoo and Modak recipes.
Coconuts are highly nutritious and we should include them in our food may it be through Coconut Chutney or by garnishing our subjis with them or in any other manner like dry coconut (kopra) or coconut oil for cooking.
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1 tsp ghee and a few drops for greasing the plate and knife
1. In a pan heat 1 tsp ghee
2. Add grated coconut and sugar. Keep stirring till the sugar melts. It will take around 1-2 minutes. Keep the gas flame on low to medium.
3. Once the sugar melts, add milk and cardamom powder. Keep stirring till the liquid in the mixture has almost dried up. This will take around 10-12 minutes on low to medium flame. (Please check in the video for the exact consistency)
4. Grease a plate (preferably a steel plate or a wooden chopping board). Do not use a plastic plate as it might get deformed due to the heat.
5. Pour the mixture into the greased plate and spread it evenly into a square. Let the mixture cool down for 1-2 minutes.
6. Grease a knife and cut the evenly spread out mixture in square or diamond shapes.
7. Let it cool down for 35-40 minutes (You need to check if it has cooled down completely before you start taking out the nariyal vadi pieces).
8. Store them in air tight container. They will stay good for 2-3 days. If you store them in a refrigerator they will stay good for 4-5 days.