Candied coconut (Gari pag) | Watch out | Red dot recipe

Candied coconut (Gari pag) | Watch out | Red dot recipe

Candied coconut (Gari pag) | Watch out | Red dot recipe

This is one of my favorite sugary treats that I grew up eating. Especially during the Fall season when there are so many festivities — this was a treat everyone could eat in the family.


Coconut sliced 2 cups (Available in most of the Asian Indian Stores)

Sugar:    1.5 cup

Water: 1/2 cup


Put sugar and water in medium pan over medium heat.  Let it boil till sugar dissolves completely.  Add coconut ribbons and stir well with a spatula. Keep cooking while stirring to coat the sugar evenly. Switch of the flame when sugar gets honey like consistency and keep the coconut flakes string until the mixture dries up. Transfer the coconut into a clean dish and enjoy!

Note: Discard the left-over sugar in the pan. You will lose about ½ cup sugar.

Recipe rating and food profile:  Red dot – Watch out food,  Asian Indian recipe, can be used for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diet.

Nutrition and therapeutic health value: This recipe make a nice sweet treat to satisfy sweet cravings after a healthy meal but watch out your portions. It is rated as red dot, watch out food due to its high saturated fat content (45% of daily value), 25 gram added sugar per serving (50 of daily value), and poor protein value. However, it can fit into your healthy diet plan as long as you balance out your saturated fat, sugar, and protein in rest of your meals for the day. Coconuts are good source of potassium, selenium, mangnese and dietary fibers. Dietary fibers are known for digestive health and to keep you full longer. Potassium can keep your blood pressure in check. Magnese and selenium ae known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

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Author: Shraddha Chaubey, MS, RDN, CD

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