Doce de grão ( Gram sweet)

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Hello folks!

How is everyone? How are your holiday preps coming along? Today I have another classic Goan sweet to share with you’ll.  ‘Doce’ and ‘grão’ means ‘sweet’ and ‘grain/bean’ in Portuguese. This is almost like a fudge, made of chana dal ( split Bengal gram) , freshly grated coconut, sugar and flavored with cardamom. It is quite a tedious and time consuming dessert, but the results are so worth it! I promise! Continue reading →


Goan Jackfruit sandon ( steamed Jackfruit rice cake )

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The Konkan region and southern India are blessed with an abundance of jackfruits! The jackfruit has a distinct aroma and a sweet taste. It comes in 2 varieties, one is hard called kappa  and the other is the soft variety called rassal. I prefer the later simply coz when it’s ripe it just melts in the mouth. A lot of people irk at the very mention of the word jackfruit, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s taste is something that has to be acquired. I have been enjoying this exotic fruit every summer vacations spent in Goa, and so I love it ever since I was a child! Continue reading →

Kesar pedas (Saffron infused Indian milk fudge)

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Pedas are basically an Indian milk fudge, prepared from mava/khoya ( milk solids) and sugar, mostly flavored with cardamom. There are so many different kind of pedas such as malai peda, chocolate peda, mango peda, mawa peda, Mathura peda so forth and so on. Basically you can add your own flavors and make your own unique flavored peda. Continue reading →

No-cook kesar pista kulfi ( Saffron pistachio Indian ice cream)

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Kulfi is basically a rich and creamy, traditional Indian ice cream. It is prepared by evaporating sweetened milk, with continuous stirring until the milk is reduced to almost half its quantity. During this laborious process, the sugars caramelize which give kulfi it’s distinct taste. The thickened milk is then poured into kulhars ( kulfi molds ) and placed in an ice + salt mixture, which facilitate the freezing of kulfi’s. Kulfi’s are available in all sorts of flavors – saffron, pistachios, rose, almond, custard apple, mango etc. Well, I love all of them 🙂 Continue reading →

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