Jujubes – Goan’s Turkish Delight Recipe

16 Dec

Goan jujubes is a spin-off of the Turkish delight and is one of the popular sweets specially during Christmas. In my early childhood I remember that in Goa we would exchange assorted sweet trays with family, friends and close neighbors on Christmas day. The whole day family, friends and neighbors would visit and exchange Christmas sweets.  My mum made most of the sweets at home but I always remember her buying the jujubes from the store. So I am a little proud of myself to have made them at home for the first time. The recipe is fairly simple and makes for a very kid friendly Christmas sweet.


A typical Goan Christmas sweets tray could look like the image below. All sweets were made by hand and at home.

It has the following sweets neureos, kulkus, carambolas, bebinca, dodol, doce, marzipan made with cashews, plum cake, bolinhas, jujubes and a few more. You can click on each item and it will take you to that recipe


Serving Size : 3 cups of cut cubes about 1″


3 packs of unflavored knox gelatine (50gms)

2 cups of sugar

2 pinches of salt

1.5 cup water

1/2 tsp of lemon/lime extract

1/2 cup of granulated sugar for coating

3 assorted food color – 10-12 drops each


Have 3 separate 2 cup each tupperware containers ( square or rectangular shaped)

Line each with plastic wrap as it is easier to turn over and take the jujubes out with no mess.

To a pan add the water, gelatine, salt, sugar, lemon essence stir till no lumps and heat the mixture till it comes to a boil.

Pour a cup each in 3 separate bowls to add your preferred color.

Now pour the colored mixture in each individual tupperware.

Let stand at room temperature till fully set maybe overnight.

Next day take them out of the container and grease a knife and cut them in 1″ cubes.

Coat them well with granulated sugar and enjoy.


You can also watch my video for this recipe.


106 Responses to “Jujubes – Goan’s Turkish Delight Recipe”

  1. Mr. Militant Negro December 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini December 16, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      Thank You for the re-blog :-). Happy Holidays!

  2. kimboxin December 16, 2016 at 3:59 pm #


    • Nandini December 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

      Thank you so much 🙂

  3. payel December 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    Excellent recipe as usual and nice video!

  4. Jim December 16, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

    ooooo! nom, nom, nom!

  5. fravitch December 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

    Wow! This is so great for holidays!!! 🙂

  6. Mel & Suan December 16, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    Oh wow…sweets for my sweet…
    Sugar for my honey…

  7. Anuradha Mukherjee December 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Lovely recipe.

  8. Archana December 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    Wow! Looks so good!

  9. Plectrumm December 16, 2016 at 7:17 pm #


  10. Simply Splendid Food December 16, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    So bright and colourful! Great for holiday memories of home made sweets!

  11. Hans Susser December 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    Flashback to my childhood 🙂 Great stuff !
    Thank you.

    • chattykerry December 17, 2016 at 11:19 am #

      Flashback to my childhood too – Jujubes!! You have made me happy just looking at them. 🎅

      • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

        Awww….that makes me so happy to hear Kerry 🙂 Happy New Years!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

      Thank You Hans…yes it was the same feeling for me too 🙂 Happy New Years!

  12. Colin Noel-Johnson December 16, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    I never knew these were so simple to make, if I have the chance to make some next week I will! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

      Thank you Colin so much. It is awesome to hear that. I hope you managed to give it a try 🙂 Happy New Years!

      • Colin Noel-Johnson January 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

        Unfortunately I was too busy to make them, but I’m keeping the recipe for next December.

  13. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso December 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

      Thank You Ronit so much. I still am a long way from a perfect video 🙂 Happy New Years!

  14. circadianreflections December 16, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    The colors look wonderful and very festive for the season!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

      Thank you Deborah. it sure was 🙂 Happy New Years!

      • circadianreflections January 6, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

        🙂 Thank you Nandini! I wish you and the family all the best in 2017! Especially health, and prosperity. 🙂

        • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

          Thank You Deborah, we sure need the good wishes 🙂

  15. Ruchisvegkitchen December 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm #

    Excellent… Looks very beautiful

  16. joeandpakslife December 17, 2016 at 2:50 am #

    wow this is my dad’s favorite and I never thought it was so easy to make! brilliant!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

      Thank You…yes it sure is and I would encourage you to give it a try someday 🙂 Happy New Years!

  17. newsandviewsjb December 17, 2016 at 3:06 am #

    Congrats on successfully creating Jujubes at home. They look fun and tasty – I posted the recipe on Pinterest.
    Have a Merry Christmas!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

      Thank You Jackie, much appreciated 🙂 Hope you too had a great Christmas with your family, Happy New Years!

  18. chezlerevefrancais December 17, 2016 at 5:58 am #

    Pretty colours for Christmas and a merry Christmas to you!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

      Thank You so much Amanda. I hope you too had a great Christmas. Wishing you a very Happy New Years!

  19. Loretta December 17, 2016 at 6:00 am #

    Wow, good for you Nandini, you nailed it! Growing up in Kenya, we too exchanged trays of Goan sweets with neighbors and friends. It was always wonderful to add to your own home-made sweets. Gosh, it brought back such warm memories looking at that tray. I loved all of them, craving dodol right about now 🙂

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

      Thank You so much my dear Loretta. It made me happy too specially since my mom asked me for the recipe as she never had made them :-). I hope you had a great Christmas with your family. Happy New Years!

  20. timothy snap massey December 17, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    Thank you for showing me your experience…I was inspired to make blox this morning…Using Knox the first time was mysterious. It takes 5 to 10 minutes of stirring the blob in hot water to dissolve the gelatin…Eventually, you may have to remove small flakes of dissolved gelatin from the mixture with a spoon. Soak it, then put hot water over it… You can use your finger to know if their is undissolved gelatin on the bottom of the bowl. Knox suggests 2 cups of liquid to 1 package of gelatin. But these Knox blox are not firm enough for me. There are old books at online bookstores that have more Knox gelatin recipes. Some of them use more gelatin than the 2:1 ratio. The most professional way to remove set gelatin from a mold is by submerging the mold in warm water for a couple of minutes. Here is a very attractive video, I used the search query ‘unmolding Knox gelatin’:

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

      Thank You so much Timothy for taking the time to explain the blob. It sure was a bit of a challenge. I figured next time I would not soak the gelatin but add it directly to all the liquid. Will definitely check the video. Hope you had a great Christmas 🙂 Happy New Years!

      • timothy snap massey January 6, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

        I had a great holiday. I hope your holiday was great. I just put a blog post about gelatin on my website. I have a couple more to post also. If you look at the pictures, you will see that I eliminated all the confusion that I experienced using gelatin since I was not excited when I used gelatin the first time. I want to make Norwegian cakes that use whipping cream modified with gelatin. To have a “melt in your mouth” experience! Pinterest has tons of gelatin, cream and pudding recipes. I did not know there were beaches in India until I saw your website 8)

        • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm #

          Thanks Timothy, yes I did check the in-depth post 🙂 I am a bit scared to use gelatin since I haven’t cooked much with it. It takes me couple of tries before I can use basic science to play around with the ingredient.

  21. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel December 17, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Your homemade Jujubes look so much better than store-bought. Yum! I remember the taste from childhood, and then having my own kids, but not homemade. Mmm.

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

      Thank You so much Mary. I too was happy to share it with my kids and they enjoyed it since it is a lot of sugar 🙂 Happy New Years!

  22. terrepruitt December 17, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    They are very pretty. Nice color. I enjoyed the video!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank You so much Terre 🙂 Happy New Years!

      • terrepruitt January 17, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

        Happy New Year to you, too! (Late in replying, sorry!)

  23. Ganga108 December 17, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    They look so good! We can buy jujubes here, but sadly they aren’t necessarily associated with Xmas. I might just have to change that trend!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

      Thank You Ganga so much…I think now a days they have it through out the year. Happy New Years!

  24. Freda @ Aromatic essence December 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    Looks perfect!!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

      Thanks Freda so much 🙂

  25. laflor5233 December 18, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    Lovely treats.

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂 Happy New Years!

  26. Tofino Photography December 20, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    OH I just can’t wait for computers to be so advanced that a sample could be created for tasting! I’d be first in line! You always create such tasty looking delights!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

      Thank You so much for your kind words. I too wish it will happen sometime soon 🙂 Happy New Years!

  27. michnavs December 20, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    Happy holidays…they all look sooo delicious

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂 Happy New Years!

  28. Jyoti's Kitchen December 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    Nice Recipe!

  29. cookandenjoyrecipes December 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    WOW. They look awesome. Will keep for a later date. Merry Christmas /Happy Holidays. 🌲⛄️🌲⛄️

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

      Thank You so much. Hope you too had a lovely holidays 🙂 Happy New Years!

      • cookandenjoyrecipes January 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

        Thank you so much! Had a good time, but back to work and already at the end of week 1 of the new year!!

        • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

          Time flies so quick…I am still in vaca mode as my kids are still at home. Monday it will be back to the rut 🙂

          • cookandenjoyrecipes January 6, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

            Good for you, I had my first week in the office, and TGIF. Enjoy your weekend.

  30. Sumith December 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    Wow this sounds amazing!!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

      Thank You so much Sumith 🙂 Happy New Years!

  31. Stan the Man December 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm #


    GOOD GRIEF! Them ‘JUJUBES’ take Me/Us back in time. If My memory serves Me right. they used to come in small transparent plastic bags, correct Me if I am wrong. The ‘JUJUBES’ used to give a lot of colour to the ‘PLATTER OF CHRISTMAS GOODIES’.I am ‘ABSOLUTELY GOBSMACKED’ that Eu managed to produce them indoors. KUDOS to Eu. And thanks for reminding Me/Us about this ‘JUJUBES’. I almost forgot about this ‘FABULOUS FOOD’. It is a bit too late to prepare ‘JUJUBES’ for Christmas 2016, but rest assured We will definitely make ‘JUJUBES’ for Christmas 2017. And finally,LET LOVE AND PEACE BECOME EVEN MORE PRONOUNCED DURING THIS ‘YULETIDE SEASON’. And may the ‘LOVE OF CHRIST,MARY AND SAINT JOSEPH BE WITH US. LET’S TRY TO INHERIT THEIR PEACE. To Eu and all in Your household have a ‘HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017.


    Stan & Linda from the ‘DARK AND STORMY BRITISH ISLES’

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

      Thank You Mr Stan. I hope you all had lovely and a blessed Christmas. Wishing you all a truly blessed New Years!

  32. thebluepolarbear December 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm #

    Merry Christmas

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

      Thank You so much a very Happy New Years to you!

      • thebluepolarbear January 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

        Thank you, been a little sad this year. Decided now to look forwards.

  33. ruthann1 December 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    I always loving peruse your recipes and learning about the traditions of Goa. These Turkish Delights look like they would be tons of fun to make and to eat.

    Thank you again for your inspiration
    RuthAnn from inspiringcuisine.come

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

      Thank You so much RuthAnn for your kind words 🙂 Happy New Years!

  34. Sheryl December 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    mmm. . . these look delicious.

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

      Thank You Sheryl 🙂 Happy New Years!

  35. Rhonda Sittig December 31, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    These are so bright and beautiful!! worth the extra effort Nandini!! Hope you had the best Christmas!!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

      Thank You so much Rhonda 🙂 I hope you too had a great one. Wishing you and you family a very Happy New Years!

  36. Misty Meadows Homestead January 1, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    These are beautiful and would work for any type of party. I can’t wait to try and make some for Valentine’s day and use a small heart cookie cutter to cut them out. Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

      Oh yes, such a great idea. Thank you so much 🙂 Happy New Years!

  37. B January 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    So festive and almost too beautiful to eat! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and I’m wishing you all the best for the new year! I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings to your blog.

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

      Thank You B so much 🙂 Wishing you too the Best in 2017, God Bless!

  38. Juanita Sumner January 2, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    Happy New Year Nandini!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

      Thank You so much Juanita 🙂 Wishing you too a very Blessed New Years!

  39. deelightfullyveg January 2, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    So lovely! Happy New Year!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

      Thank You Deepa 🙂 Happy New Years to you too!

  40. mistermaxxx08 January 5, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    you always stay coming correct and this was the truth. the best in the new year peace and the best always

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

      Thank you so much. Wishing you too a very Blessed New Years!

  41. Sautéed and Baked January 5, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Really nice! I must try this recipe!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:53 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂 Happy New Years!

      • Sautéed and Baked January 6, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

        Happy New Year to you too!

  42. fetinatwinkle January 6, 2017 at 5:11 am #

    Yummy!!!! 😍

  43. dtills January 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    Your Jujubes are adorable looking and I am sure they are delicious! Thank you for visiting my blog, I truly appreciate your time!

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

      Thank You so much for the kind words 🙂 And for stopping by 🙂

  44. Beth January 10, 2017 at 5:20 am #

    Nice and probably very tasty! Homemade sweets is always a holiday!

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

      Thanks Beth it is 🙂

  45. newsandviewsjb January 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm #


    Thanks for your like of my “Christmas Cooking and Oranges in Stockings” post. Wishing you & your family a very Happy New Year! Looking forward to more of your interesting recipes.


    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

      Thank You Jackie, Wishing you and your family too a very blessed 2017 🙂

  46. elliebleu January 22, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

    Love this idea! It would be fun to make the candies for Valentines too!

  47. alwaysdessert1st January 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    These look really cute and fun to make! Never had Turkish delight but looks like gummies 🙂

    • Nandini February 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

      Thank You! It is very close to gummy just less chewy 🙂


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