According to Wikipedia about Nariyal Pag Recipe
Wiki doesn’t know nariyal pag recipe. He doesn’t know coconut barfi too. Now that’s annoying\!
According to Vinipedia
A very simple coconut barfi, prepared on the occasion of Janamashtami (and at times in emergency when I am short of milkmaid/khoya and need to make coconut barfi).
Let’s talk about the recipe
I found it here.
At my place it is prepared on Janamashtami. In fact we also add some dry fruits and makhane to it for variations.
You may also like 7 cup barfi, rose flavoured coconut ladoo etc.
The Beauty (the good thing about this recipe)
It needs very few ingredients. Very few as well as simple ingredients! Sugar, water and coconut… these things are always available in the kitchen. Yes, even coconut… in the kitchen ALWAYS! #ilovecoconut
And the Beast (the difficult part about this recipe)
Nariyal Pag Recipe, doesn’t ask for more when you talk about ingredients, but when it comes to the method, it throws lots of tantrums. And while doing so it might,
- Dry out refusing to set
- Be too moist, refusing to set
Experience and experiments (tips and tricks)
I have two kids. I know how to handle the tantrums. You know what I mean. I mean I’ll tell you what to do when the nariyal pag refuses to set.
- If the Nariyal Pag Recipe gets too dry, just sprinkle a few drops of water and cook till desired consistency.
- If the nariyal pag doesn’t set, re-cook it for a couple of minutes and re-set.
- To make sure the nariyal pag is ready to be set, just take a small ball of it and put in the glass of cold water. If it spreads, it isn’t ready to be set yet.
- The consistency of sugar syrup should be of a single string.
Let’s just talk
Coconut pag is prepared on Janamshtmi. On this occasion, let’s discus some interesting facts about Krishna…
- Lord Krishna had 16,108 wives in total, out of which eight were his principal wives known as ‘Ashtabharya’ namely Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Nagnajiti, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Bhadra, Lakshmana who bore him 10 sons each. He rescued 16,100 women from the clutches of a demon Narakasura who had forcibly kept them in captivity in his palace and freed them. However, they all returned to Lord Krishna as none of their families were ready to accept them back and so he married them all to protect their honour. However, it is said that he never had any relations with them.
- Krishna is said to have loved his consort, Radha to the point of devotion and many images show him worshipping her. But interestingly, many spiritualists have mentioned that there is no trace of her in any of the ancient scriptures; be it the Shrimad Bhagvatam or the Mahabharata or the Harivansham which is about Krishna’s life. They argue that her name first cropped up in works of Acharya Nimbark and poet Jayadeva. Others argue that her name has been carefully concealed in scriptures like the Rigveda and some of the Puranas.
- Krishna’s good looks are the matter of folklore, but though commonly depicted in paintings and idols as blue, his skin colour was actually dark. Spiritualists believe that his all-inclusive, magnetic aura had blue hues and so he is generally depicted as being blue in colour.
- One of the unknown facts about Lord Krishna is that Hanuman was also present when Bhagvad Gita was narrated to Arjuna. He was present as an emblem on the chariot’s flag.
NARIYAL PAG RECIPE
Cook Time 10 Minutes + Cooling Time
Servings 9 Pieces
INGREDIENTS FOR NARIYAL PAG
- 1 and 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- Ghee for greasing
- Handful of chopped pistachios for garnishing or any nuts
HOW TO MAKE NARIYAL PAG
- Collect the ingredients.
Heat 1 cup water in a pan.
Add 3/4 cup sugar.
Add 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Let the sugar dissolve and then boil the mixture till the sugar syrup has 1 string consistency.
To check the consistency, take a drop of sugar syrup between your thumb and finger tips. It will form a single string.
Also when you place a drop on a plate, it will form a shape.
Add 1 and 1/2 cup desiccated coconut.
Mix and cook until the mixture comes together and leaves the sides of the pan.
Make a ball and put in a glass of water. If you aren’t able to form a ball, you have dried out the mixture. Add little water and cook and again try to make a ball. If the ball disperses in the water, the mixture needs further cooking. If you are able to form a ball and when put it cold water it doesn’t disperse, the mixture is ready to be set.
Spread the mixture in a greased plate/pan.
Spread and press in handful of chopped nuts.
Cut into pieces before the mixture cools down completely.
Once it cools the nariyal pag ready to be served.
Make it this Janamashtami and offer as prashaad to Lord Krishna.
I too shall do the same.
“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” – Srimadbhagwadgita