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Coconut Based Vegan Dessert- ‘Narkel Naru’ That You’ll Love

by | April 16, 2019

Do you have a sweet tooth just like me? Are there times when you feel tired of having vegan chocolates and want something fun and new to munch on? Well, it seems today is your lucky day as I am going to share with you a beautiful (adjectives are falling short) recipe of sweet coconut balls. This coconut based vegan dessert has a lot of memory to my childhood and I can literally write a mini book about it. But for now, let’s just stick to the recipe.

Coconut Based Vegan Dessert- 'Narkel Naru' That You'll Love
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Narkel (coconut in Bengali) Naru (a sweet ball) is mostly prepared by the Bengali families to offer to their revered deities during any festival. It is a must offering for the Gods. And the best part is that it can be stored for months that is if you can keep it (I usually finish off an entire batch within a few days).

The magic ingredient of this recipe is the love that goes in while preparing the dish by hands. It has to be done with care and patience. But the end product is way more satisfying than you can imagine.

Coconut Based Vegan Dessert


1 whole coconut: freshly grated

Organic sugar: 250gms

Fresh Coconut milk or almond milk: 1 cup (You can also take half of both)

Cardamom powder: 1/4 teaspoon


Heat up a heavy bottomed pan. Put the ground coconut in the pan and toast it for a few minutes so that it releases some oil. Now add the sugar, coconut milk or almond milk and cardamom powder. (For a brilliant new twist, you’ll have to add some organic jaggery and lessen the amount of sugar, or not use at all. Adding jaggery will also add a deep brown color).

Turn the flame to medium and cook the mixture. Keep on stirring the mixture to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. After some time you will notice that the mixture will turn sticky. Cook till the mixture can be shaped to balls. It should be a sticky mound and all the coconut/almond milk should be dried up.

Coconut Based Vegan Dessert
The mixture that’ll form into balls
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Coconut Based Vegan Dessert That You’ll Love

After the mixture is done, let it cool for some time. Oil your palms with some vegan butter or coconut oil and take small portions of the mound to make little balls or ‘Narus,’ as Bengalis like to call. Make as little or as big balls as you want. Let it cool completely and enjoy. It can be stored in airtight containers. The final product will be dry and hard.

Narkel Naru is a classic Bengali sweet dish. It is a legacy that has been passed down from generations to generations. Besides, it is always fun to try out cuisine from other cultures and the best part is you can include your family, especially kids while shaping the balls, I bet they’ll love it. Hope you like this coconut based vegan dessert recipe. Let us know in the comments if it turned out good for you.

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Debayan Paul

Digital Writer | West Bengal, India | [email protected]



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