Lakshadweep’s Dweep Halwa Is Similar To Bengal’s Narkel Gur’er Naru Yet Different; Recipe Inside

Lakshadweep’s Dweep Halwa is a sweet delicacy served inside dried banana leaves.

by Ankita Mazumdar
Lakshadweep’s Dweep Halwa Is Similar To Bengal’s Narkel Gur’er Naru Yet Different; Recipe Inside

Every Indian has thronged the tropical archipelago of Lakshadweep. This surge was after our PM urged Indians to explore the tranquil lands and beaches of Lakshadweep. Relax with some flaky octopus fries and sip on a yummy Piña Colada! While you are engaged in creating your itinerary for Lakshadweep, do not skip out on this sweet delicacy, Dweep Unda or Dweep Halwa! It is said to be one of their traditional sweets. But were you aware that Dweep Halwa is strikingly similar to West Bengal’s Naru, especially the Narkel Gur’er Naru?

Debate: Is It Dweep Halwa Or Narkel Gur’er Naru?


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Dweep Halwa is an extremely delish sweet dish from Lakshadweep. It is mind-blowing good and your taste buds would literally thank you! Dweep Halwa has primary ingredients such as coconut and jaggery. The halwa is cooked, then made into small balls and wrapped in dried banana leaves or dried coconut palm leaves and tied with thread. What makes us question is the fact that the ingredients and preparation are very similar to Bengal’s yummy Narkel Gur’er Naru!

Dweep Halwa and Narkel Gur’er Naru are both delicious and lip-smackingly good. Narkel Gur’er Naru is also made with coconut and jaggery. Once the mixture is prepared, it is made into small balls and that’s it. It is not put in any dried leaf. Oh, the joy of enjoying warm balls of jaggery-flavoured shredded coconut! You cannot stop but pop a couple of narus in your mouth. So, both these sweet delicacies are the same yet different! Remember that the location and the cultures changed but the original dish and the emotions behind remained the same. Hence the change in names.

Also Read: What Makes Lakshadweep Islands’ Coconut Jaggery The Costliest & Unique Culinary Ingredient?

Let’s Make Lakshadweep’s Yummy Dweep Halwa


  • 1 tbsp of ghee
  • 2 cups of grated jaggery 
  • 2 cups of grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp of roasted rice flour or Idiyappam powder
  • 5 to 6 cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Dried banana leaves

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  • In a large heated pan, put ghee and let it melt.
  • Add the coconut and mix well with the ghee. Then add the jaggery and mix it well so that the coconut changes colour to that of the jaggery.
  • Add salt and crushed cardamoms to the mixture and cook it.
  • Then add roasted rice flour and mix it well. Turn off the heat and let it cool down for a bit.
  • When it is slightly a little warm to the touch, make small balls of the entire mixture. 
  • Next, take small sections of dried banana leaves and fold the Dweep Halwa in it nicely. Some people tie it with a thread to secure it. 

Your Dweep Halwa is ready! Enjoy with your friends and family.

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