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.