Introduction: Barbecued Stuffed Coconut


We used to do this as kids... Barbecued Stuffed Coconuts in open fire...

Being from a countryside full of coconut groves, we used to picnic in our friend's coconut farm, making lunch out of open-fired coconuts stuffed with goodies. We carried biscuits, fried white chickpeas, sweets or some country-made jaggery. The coconuts were harvested fresh from the tress, husked, filled with powdered jaggery and other goodies we carried and open-fired. When the coconut was fully cooked, the core cracked open with a pop-up sound. We used to call it as Vedi Thengai: In Tamil, vedi means cracker and thengai means coconut. It was fun.

The open-fired coconuts are easily digestible, compared to indigestion caused by raw coconuts to few. The method to stuff and barbecue coconut is very simple and enjoyable anytime, anywhere...

Step 1: Selecting a Coconut for BBQ


The coconut selected for BBQ should be of medium ripe. The nut should neither be tender, which is full of water nor it be fully ripe, which contains more oil and somewhat tasteless water. Select a coconut with green husks and shake it nearer to your ears. You will hear the sound of rippling water inside.

Step 2: Husking the Cococnut


Husk the selected coconut using any tool available to you. We use a tool specially made for husking. You can also use a small machete for this.

Step 3: Ingredients for Stuffing


Ingredients I have used for stuffing:

  • 3/4th of a cup of fried white chickpeas
  • 150 gram of country-made jaggery
  • 10 numbers of medium sized sweet and salt biscuits

You can use anything edible for the filling. Biscuits, sweets, chocolates, anything you like as long as you can get them inside the coconut...!!!

Make a coarse powder of all the ingredients and mix them together. The biscuits can be crushed by hand. For the chickpeas and the jaggery, I have used a small crusher made of stone.

Step 4: Preparing the Coconut


If you look at the husked coconut, you can find three eyes on top of it. Using a skewer or any such sharp tool, open up only one of the eyes. It is very easy and not much force is required.

Step 5: Stuffing the Cococnut


Now is the time to stuff the coconut.

It is preferable that you should have atleast half of the space available inside the coconut for the stuffing. You can drain out some excess water if it is more than half.

Cup your fingers around the hole and using the skewer push down the mixed ingredients inside. It takes only about 10 to 15 minutes for this. The coconut should be completely filled, leaving no empty space inside.

After stuffing, plug the hole with a small piece of wood. You can tap down the plug to fit tightly.

Step 6: Grilling


Make a small pit and fill it with dried out twigs, leaves or anything suitable. Place the filled-up coconut over a grill on the fire-pit and light the fire. Let the coconut cook over a medium fire while turning it around so that all sides are grilled equally. It may take about 30 to 45 minutes for the coconut to cook. When the coconut is fully cooked, the core craxks open with a pop-up sound. Take out the coconut from fire and let it cool.

Remember, Safety comes First...!!! Keep a bucket of water near by at all times during the open fire. Douse the fire completely with water when finished...

Step 7: The Barbecued Coconut


When the coconut is sufficiently cooled down, remove any burned out shell from the core, cut open and make slices. You can press down the stuffing on the slices, if it is coming out. You can also see under the stuffing, that the coconut has absorbed some of the juice from the stuffing.

The grilled coconut with the stuffing has an excellent taste and an aroma acquired from the open fire, which will make you long for more...

Comments

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NoeB1 (author)2015-10-05

Hey, where'd you get that cool dehusking machine?

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antoniraj (author)NoeB12015-10-05

It is local made and available in shops selling Agriculture related tools in our area.

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satoko68 (author)2015-01-12

If I could get chicken curry into the holes, I would! It would taste AMAZING! I've got all sorts of ideas going through my head now.....stuffing ground meat or a spiced, ground mixture of vegetables of some type....YUM! Definitely something I need to do :-)

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antoniraj (author)satoko682015-01-12

you should try and do an instructable on stuffing ground meat with spices inside coconut... I think it will be very easy to get ground meat inside.

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canida (author)2013-07-25

This looks great, I've never seen anyone barbecue a stuffed coconut before.

Are there other versions? What other stuffing might be good?

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antoniraj (author)canida2013-07-25

thank you... you can also barbecue coconut without any stuffing. I have not tried it with other kind of stuffing, but mixture of anything edible can be used. Only thing is you have to get them inside the coconut.

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artworker (author)2013-07-24

voted! You know what! I was dreaming about how the output will look after your last ible! You captured exactly that!

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antoniraj (author)artworker2013-07-24

thank you...

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