RAWA CASHEWNUT DOCE


This is a Goan recipe which I found when I

searched for Goan authentic sweets.

It is like the semolina Burfi we usually make .

This has more richer taste ,as cashewnuts and

ghee is added.Melt in mouth addictive sweet.

Worth trying!

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rawa/semolina/rulang

1 cup grated coconut

1 cup cashewnut powder

2 cups sugar

1 cup milk

1 cup ghee

Food color

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients in a heavy bottomed

vessel and cook till thick .

Allow to cool and cut into shapes you desire .

KOKUM CHEESE CHICKEN NUGGETS


I’m excited to share a new innovation from my kitchen.

The remaining Ambulthiyal paste was in the fridge.

First, my idea was to make ‘ black chicken’,….in the spur of the moment I changed my

idea. Trust me ,when you open the fridge ideas emerge at times.

A description of the dish – boneless chicken marinaded in pepper and kokum paste.

Dipped in cheese sauce , coated with breadcrumbs and fried.You could dip in flour,egg

batter too for a variation.

My family loved it ( I have told you before , my kids are the best critics and appreciates😊)

So … for the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

500 gm boneless chicken

3-4 tblsp Ambulthiyal paste ( kokum pieces boiled in little water and made to a paste)

2-3 tblsp pepper powder

1 cup cheese sauce or melt cheese in milk with a little cornflour

Salt to taste

Breadcrumbs

Oil for frying

Note: Please check, for tanginess of kokum before coating

METHOD

Marinade chicken with the paste, pepper and salt for minimum 20 minutes.

Dip in cheese sauce , Coat with breadcrumbs and fry on medium flame till golden .

Serve hot !

WHITE FOREST MULBERRY CAKE


White forest cake is made with spongy vanilla /white chocolate layers , layered with

cherries and covered with white chocolate/ cream .

There was half a slab of white chocolate , lying in the fridge ,which was not sufficient to

make a big cake, so I triggered my innovations  to make a quick dessert .

When my eyes caught a glimpse of the mulberry preserve , my recipe took form,and the

result was too good.

Now let’s get into my version of the awesome cake . Mulberry and white chocolate

combination is really excellent!

Do try and let me know your comments!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 slab of white chocolate

1/2 cup milk

3 eggs

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

a pinch of salt

1 tblsp yoghurt

100 gm sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

Mulberry preserve

METHOD

Melt the chocolate with milk on a double boiler.

Separate the whites and yolks.

Sieve the baking powder and flour together.

Beat egg yolks and sugar till pale and creamy.

Add the chocolate mixture,yoghurt,vanilla essence.

Fold in the flour ,and the beaten egg whites.

Scoop spoonfuls of the batter into cups.

Top with mulberry preserve and bake in a moderate oven ( 180C) for 20 -25 minutes .

You can add a dollop of cream if you like.

CHOCONUT ROCK CAKES


Rock cakes are cookie type cakes , easy to make no definite shape , and within minutes

it’s done!

I have posted a rock cake recipe with raisins before. ROCK CAKES  (link to recipe)

This one is with coconut and chocolate with raisins . I baked one batch without raisins .

Both were equally tasty!

So.. do try, my version of this recipe ,and post in your comments!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup grated coconut / desiccated coconut

1/2 cup chocolate chips

100 gm butter

75-100 gm brown sugar

a pinch of cinnamon powder

2 eggs

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp almond essence

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

METHOD

Mix the flour and coconut ( resembling bread crumbs) .

Add the dry ingredients.

Beat eggs lightly and add to the dough .

Lightly mix in with your hands to form a crumbly dough (like cookie)

Place  spoonsful (use an ice cream scoop) on parchment paper or a well

greased tray.

Bake in a moderate oven (180C) till done .

The bottom of the cake should be golden brown.(correct consistency)

TENDER COCONUT PUDDING


This dessert is made with tender coconut water, tender coconut ( flesh), coconut milk and gelatine.

After the pudding sets , you could see the water set at the bottom clearly layered.

The flesh has to be ground coarse.

Note: You can use Almond milk in place of coconut milk .

Let me give you some pointers in health benefits.

*It has good source of antioxidants

*Aids in digestion

*It helps in lowering blood sugar levels

*Aids in kidney related issues

Coconut milk and the tender flesh of coconut too have many nutrients to add , but I’m not going into detail .

Let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup tender coconut water

Flesh of tender coconut ground coarsely (1-2)

2 cups thick coconut milk

3-4 tsp gelatine

Sugar to taste

1/2 tsp fine cardamon powder

Pinch of salt.

METHOD

Soak the gelatine in a little water for a few minutes.

Heat it on a low flame till the gelatine dissolves.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Mix well. Pour into moulds and allow to set in

the refrigerator.

Serve with praline, or any sauces you like .

ALMOND JAPONAISE CAKE


This pastry is an addictive one . The first time I tasted it was too awesome .

Once I got the recipe ,I’m trying it too often ,with filling innovations .

Check my cashewnut version of the same.

This will be with coffee filling .

Now for the recipe

INGREDIENTS

3 egg whites

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 tsp corn flour

3/4 cup powdered almonds

1 tblsp milk or milk powder

METHOD

Beat the egg whites. When it starts to foam, add the cream of tartar and beat to a stiff

froth.

Add sugar gradually ,and beat to a stiff froth( it should stand in peaks)

Mix the grounded  almonds and cornflour together .

Fold gradually into the egg whites .

Make circle patterns on a parchment sheet .Turn the sheet to the other side and pipe into

the drawn circles .

Bake in a slow oven 175-160 degrees, for 25 – 35 minutes till light brown .

Allow to cool in the oven itself ( it will turn crisp)

To prepare the filling

Heat the sugar and water till, sugar dissolves and slightly syrupy.

Beat the egg yolks till creamy.

Drizzle in,the  hot sugar syrup into the yolk mixture ,whilst beater is on and beat till

creamy .

Add the butter cubes one by one and beat well .

Allow to rest in the fridge till the meringues cool .

Then, beat again lightly till creamy ( do not beat too much)

Now, sandwich generously (the flat side of the meringue should be the top and the

base)

Coat with powdered almonds

You can drizzle chocolate if you like.

CASHEWNUT JAPONAISE CAKE


This is a meringue based cake , sandwiched with a filling made with butter, egg

yolks,sugar and flavouring,and coated with a nutty mixture.

Some use powdered biscuits or breadcrumbs for coating . Whipping cream can be used

for a variation .

The flavourings can be coffee, light chocolate,….I did a passion fruit this time.

Anyway, let your innovations wild and try your ideas too.

As I promised, now I’m sharing the cashewnut based Japonaise cake .

Note: The meringue has to be piped uniformly.

INGREDIENTS

For the meringue

3 egg whites

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar / vinegar/ lime

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 tsp corn flour

1/2 cup ground cashew nuts

For the filling

3 egg yolk

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1 /2 tsp. vanilla

100 gm butter

1/2-1 cup powdered cashewnuts ( for coating)

METHOD

Beat the egg whites. When it starts to foam ,add the cream of tartar and beat to a stiff

froth.

Add sugar gradually and beat to a stiff froth ( it should stand in peaks)

Mix the grounded cashewnut and corn flour.

Fold into the egg whites gradually.

Make circle patterns on a parchment sheet .

Turn the sheet to the other side and pipe into the drawn circles .

Bake in a slow oven 175-160 degrees for 25 – 35 minutes till light brown .

Allow to cool in the oven itself ( it will turn crisp)

To prepare the filling

Heat the sugar and water till sugar dissolves ,and slightly syrupy.

Beat the egg yolks till creamy.

Drizzle in the hot sugar syrup into the yolk mixture, whilst beater is on and beat till

creamy .

Add the butter cubes one by one and beat well .

Allow to rest in fridge till the meringues cool .

Then beat  the yolk and butter mixture again lightly till creamy ( do not beat too much)

Now, sandwich generously (the flat side of the meringue should be the top and the base)

Coat with powdered cashew nuts.

You can drizzle  with chocolate if you like.

KERALA KINATHAPAM


This dish is made with ground rice , or ground cooked rice,with generous amounts of

coconut milk, jaggery and channa dal .

Tastes like dodol , the addition of the dal seems a little different from other types of

sweets like this .

Well, I made this with ground cooked rice . The quality of rice has to be good .

I made with kichili samba left over rice. There you are now …left over rice can be

transformed into delicacies like this.

This can be made with soaked and ground rice too.

Choosing good jaggery is important.

Muscle power,time and patience is needed in the mixing, but worth the effort!

So ..moving on to the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked rice ground fine to a paste

2 cups jaggery

3 cups second extract of coconut milk

1 cup first extract of coconut milk

1 tsp cardamom powder

1 tblsp.rice flour mixed in water/coconut milk

2-3 tablespoons channa dal soaked( kadala parippu )

A pinch of salt

5-6 tsp. Ghee

METHOD

Mix coconut milk (second extract),jaggery, the rice paste and salt in a thick bottomed

pan/non stick kadai and heat . Keep stirring.

Once it get’s slightly thick , add the rice flour mix,and keep stirring .

Add a tsp. of ghee at intervals whilst cooking.

Add remaining ingredients and the thick coconut milk.

The correct consistency ,will be when you run the spatula  down to the bottom of the

mixture, you should  be able to see the bottom of the pan clearly .

The mixture should never stick to the pan when you transfer the mixture to a greased plate .

Allow to cool and set for 3 hours.

Cut into desired slices.

GOAN BAATH/ BATHIKA CAKE


This is a traditional Goan cake made with semolina,cashewnuts and coconut.

The ingredients have to be soaked for 5-6 hours,and then baked in a slow oven.

This cake tastes better,and tastier as it becomes stale.

Do, try this recipe and post in your comments

and suggestions.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rawa/ semolina/ sooji

2 cups grated coconut

1/4 cup coarsely ground cashewnuts

3 egg yolks

3 egg whites

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

50 gm butter

1/2 tsp. nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp. cardamom powder

1/2 tsp rose essence

1/4 cup raisins

1 tsp.baking powder

METHOD

Heat the water and sugar till sugar melts.

Next add the butter , rawa and all the ingredients except the egg whites.

Mix well,cover and allow to rest for 5-6 hours.

After the resting time , beat egg whites till stiff and fold in to the rawa mixture .

Pour the mixture into a well greased or lined tray. Bake in a 170C oven till done ( 35-40

minutes).

My suggestions :Raisins soaked in sherry,rum,/brandy will add flavor to the cake

COFFEE STEAMED YOGHURT (EGGLESS)


This is my version of the dessert. The same recipe can be made with chocolate too.

It’s eggless and ‘one bowl stir’ . Easy on mixing , and a creamy dessert you could not

resist.

Made with yoghurt/ curd, milk, and cream .

Some make it with condensed milk ,but since I use unrefined sugar in my desserts , I do

not use.

Those who love to use condensed milk can replace milk for it.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cream

1 cup milk

1 cup curd / yoghurt

2-3 tsp instant coffee powder

1/4 cup custard powder/ corn flour

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients to a smooth mix . Pour into a bowl , or individual ramekins .

Cover and steam till done .

You could bake in a water bath too.

This dessert has to be served cold .

After you have baked or steamed refrigerate it and serve.

If you make it one day before, it will taste better.

You could serve with praline or any sauces you like .