ODIA FOOD snacks

Coconut fritters or Nadia bara

November 16, 2017
Nadia Bara or fritters with few ingredients put together
Does fritters with coconuts in them sound a tad different? Coming from a coastal city, where coconuts grow in abundance, this recipe shouldn’t be a surprise coming from my kitchen.It has been a while since I have shared any recipe from my home state. It is not that I do not like cooking our traditional food & not that I am unfamiliar with it, but every time I cook something traditional and something bespoke from my home town I feel disappointed.
Nadia Bara or fritters with few ingredients put together
It could be because I am used to such a wonderful medley of tastes of my regional cooking that I certainly fail to match up to that unique taste. I generally pass on the blame to the ingredients & the water and the locally available produce or maybe there is that magic in my mom’s cooking & in my mother in laws cooking that doesn’t seem to work through me. This attempt was certainly stepping out of my comfort zone and making a batch of these coconut fritters, or popularly known as nadia bara, following my mum’s advice and referring to a book PURBA :FEASTS FROM EAST that was quite inspiring.These are one of the many delicacies I look forward to each time I visit to my native place. I feast generously on these little disc shaped fritters so there is no regret left when I return back to my adopted home in Sydney.Odisha being a coastal state is blessed with an abundance of sunshine, Surf & coconut trees.

Nadia Bara or fritters with few ingredients put together

Nadia Bara or fritters with few ingredients put together

We have 4 massive heavily fruit laden trees in our own home. These trees are a simply a sight to adore & every part of this amazing tree comes handy to the locals. It is unimaginable to have amazing dishes from this adorable drupe -A unique combination of a seed, nut and a fruit. Coconut is creating magic in western world these days with an amazing range of innovative ideas & uses. Coconut yogurt is something I am hooked to apart from its oil. I am still trying to figure out how to work with its flour.
Coconut fritters or nadia bara is pure bliss with very few ingredients put together.With a chutney made of curry leaves, it becomes an irresistible snack in itself. There are many ways to cook these fritters. My mum adds a touch of sweetness to these fritters while my MIL adds a savoury twist to it. Isn’t that interesting ? I followed their advice and adapted it to my taste. I have added brown rice powder instead of the regular soaked rice. Also few teaspoons of roasted chickpea flour adds a bit of flavour and binds it well too. Fresh coconut is the key ingredient and it honestly doesn’t work as well if replaced with dry and desiccated varieties. I have used frozen fresh coconut to make these fritters to share with all of you.

Nadia Bara or fritters with few ingredients put together

 Nadia Bara or fritters with few ingredients put together

 How to make Coconut fritters or Nadia Bara

Nadia Bara or Coconut fritters

  • 2 cups fresh coconut grated or frozen thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds / cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp besan/ gram flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice powder
  • 1 small onion chopped ( optional)
  • 1 or 2 chillies diced

Mix everything in a bowl and add enough water to bind all the ingredients together, few tablespoons at a time. Season it with salt. Heat a flat pan and add few teaspoons of olive oil. Shape the fritter into round disc and shallow fry them on a medium fire. These patties soak quite a lot of oil. Cook on the both the sides until they are golden and crispy.

Serve with ketchup or curry leaves chutney.

To make Curry leaves Chutney 

Dry roast the 3 cups of fresh curry leaves on a pan. Remove and blend with 1/2 cup roasted peanuts,1 tsp tamarind paste, chilies and 1tsp chopped ginger and water. Add salt to taste.


Nadia Bara

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Deepika|TheLoveOfCakes November 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I have never had these!! But they sound yummy Shibani!! I would love to know about the sweet version too 🙂

  • Reply Andreya November 22, 2017 at 6:01 am

    They sound great and tasty. I think these will be perfect for evening snacks

  • Leave a Reply