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Going nuts

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Versatile NUT Coconut lends itself to most Indian dishes

Coconut can be used to make exciting dishes, besides adding value to chutneys and pulaos. Eat it raw, or extract its milk for any biryani or bagara dish, the flavour of coconut only enhances the taste. And those who have a sweet tooth, you can try out these easy-to-make coconut sweets.

COCONUT LADDU

Ingredients

Four coconuts (grated) - 4
Sugar - 200 gm.
Jaggery - 200 gm.
Almonds (chopped) - 1 tbsp
Pistachios (chopped) - 1 tbsp

Method

Melt sugar and jaggery together. Add in the grated coconut with chopped almonds and chopped pistachios. Cook the mixture till it becomes thick enough to be moulded. Make laddus of the above mixture and serve.

PHIRNEE

Ingredients

Milk - 250 ml.
Coconut milk - 100 ml.
Rice (raw) - 50 gm.
Sugar - 50 gm.

Method

Soak the rice in water for one hour and then grind it to a paste. Boil the milk, add sugar and coconut milk with the rice paste. Cook till the mixture becomes thick. Strain it to avoid formation of lumps and the Phirnee is ready. Serve cold garnished with chopped pistachios and silver leaves.

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