Narkel Naru (coconut And Jaggery Fudge)
‘Narkel Naru is the original Bengali sweet dish with religious importance. Just like we North Indian cook ‘ Halwa’ to offer to God in many religious rituals, Bengali prepare ‘Narkel Naru’. In Villages of West Bengal where there are no local sweet shops, villagers often make these ‘Naru’ and serve to their guests. I guess this is more due to abundance of the main ingredients – Coconut and Jaggery than due to choice. In Town and metros like Kolkata, Dhanbad, Asansol, the consumption of Naru is however more as religious offering during ‘Sankranti’ or ‘ Saraswati Puja’. The original Naru however is relatively tough to eat as the jaggery solidifies after it is cooked with coconut. This makes it hard to chew by kids and old people. I added a close substitute of Jaggery, Dates to make it little softer than conventional ‘ Naru’. So if you were avoiding ‘Naru’ for being hard to chew, try the following recipe.