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Goan Prawn Pattice or Puffs Recipe

5 May

One of the popular snacks in tea stalls and coffee shops in Goa is the prawn pattice, puffs or patties. It is one of the spicier snacks in Goa. I just love the baked smell of caramelized onions from the pattice. It is a very simple recipe the prawns stuffing for the pattice is made with fresh salt water prawns, green chillies, turmeric, fresh cilantro, onions and a little sugar for sweetness.

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Serving Suggestions: 9 puffs

Ingredients:

1 box of puff pastry (2 sheets thawed)

1.5 lbs of diced raw shrimps / prawns

3 medium onions diced

2-4 green chillies chopped

1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

1 egg beaten for egg wash

1 tsp of sugar

1/2 cup of chopped cilantro

salt to taste

Directions:

Clean and diced prawn /shrimps apply salt and keep aside.

In a hot pan add oil, green chilies and diced onions saute till lightly brown.

To the browned onions add turmeric, shrimps, sugar and season with more salt.

Saute till shrimps are cooked 5-7 minutes on medium heat.

Turn off heat and add chopped fresh cilantro.

Keep aside to cool.

Spray oil in muffin pan and line 9 cups with cut puff pastry. Cut out rounds of exact size in puff pastry to cover the muffin cup on top.

Fill the prawn mixture and cover with puff rounds on top. Pinch them on the sides to from a cover. Brush with egg wash and bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes till golden brown.

Check out my quick video to see how it is done.

 

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Goan Meatloaf Recipe

10 Feb

Goan meatloaf  tastes just like the canned corn beef. I started to search for the recipe after my youngest son kept asking me for ham sandwiches for school lunch. I was trying to avoid buying ham till I caved in. But it reminded me of my mama’s meatloaf and I started to search for the recipe. I have only one goan cook book that my brother had given me when I got married. It has been well used and in tatters but the recipe was not there. I asked my mother and she could not remember the recipe, said she would call her friend who had initially gave it to her.  My only google search had me confused as the recipes listed as goan were nothing close to the actual recipe. But I truly give kudos to the human brain and God’s creation. As a computer engineer myself there is no supercomputer that can still replicate the sense of taste and the retrieval of historic data from our brains as fast as the human mind does.

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My mother is my only surviving parent and I want to get as much knowledge as possible from her. She will be 80 on March 15th. My mama was one of the few working mom’s in the early 1960’s. She was the principal of a public elementary school. She was very dedicated to her cause of education and work. She was educated in the Portuguese language but taught at an English medium school. I remember she spent her summers mastering the English language by taking classes. She was strict, organized and methodical and had high expectations for us 3 kids.

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Serving Size: 6-8

Ingredients:

1 lbs ground beef

1/4 lbs of ground pork with some fat

1 tbsp + 1 tsp of pink curing salt

1/2 tsp of coarse black pepper

1/2 tsp of nutmeg powder

2 white bread slices quickly soaked in water and set aside

1 whole egg

Directions:

Heat oven to 350F.

Squeeze the extra liquid out from the soaked bread slices and mix it along with the rest of the ingredients thoroughly with clean hand.

Spray bread pan with some oil and pack the meat mixtures into the pan nice and evenly.

Bake for approx 1.15 hrs till internal temperature is approx 160F.

Drain all the liquid and fat.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight or enjoy it warm out of the oven.

Use leftovers to make meatloaf sandwiches. Blend softened butter and meatloaf to a smooth paste and use it to make Hors d’oeuvre.

Pressure Cooker: Pressure cook for 45 minutes cover the container with aluminium foil.

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You can also check out my video to have an idea as to how simple and easy the recipe is.

Fruit Cake with Brandy Soaked Candied Dry Fruits

13 Jan

Since I am still enjoying my low sugar fruit cake for my evening teas, I think it would be ok to share this recipe past Christmas. I always enjoyed the fruit cakes in Goa till I came to the US and found the cakes way too sugary. I have always wanted to make it but felt it was a tough recipe till I made mine and found out that it just took time. Sharing my fruit cake recipe which has a surprising twist that includes a touch of heavy cream. I know call me crazy 🙂 I got the idea after enjoying many red velvet cakes made by Fresh and Easy. It had a lingering taste of creaminess from the dry milk powder and heavy cream used in the cake. My first attempt using dry milk powder in a cake did not turn out well. I decided to use heavy cream to the fruit cake since it is an intense cake with lots of sugar. You can make it alcoholic by adding brandy after the cake is baked read the foot note. I have added brandy while soaking raisins and candied dry fruits for 3 weeks.

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Serving Size: 7 x 11 baking pan

Ingredients:

To make mincemeat or dry fruit mix 3 weeks in advance

2.5 cups of tutti-fruiti / mincemeat

1/2 cup of candied orange rinds

1 cup of whole raisins

3/4 cup of brandy

Mix all the ingredients and keep in an airtight container for 2 to 3 weeks. Stir with a dry spoon every couple of days.

Cake Batter:

2 cups of flour

5 tbsp of heavy cream( optional)

1/2-3/4 cup of sugar

6 eggs

1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp of nutmeg powder

1/8 tsp of clove powder

1/4 cup oil / melted butter

1/2 cup of silvered almonds

1 bag 17oz of halves walnuts

1/2 tsp of baking powder / soda

3 pinches of salt

Directions:

Heat oven to 320F

Beat the egg, sugar, heavy cream, spice mix and salt mixture together. Next add the mincemeat.

After’s slowly add the flour and baking powder to the wet mix.

Spray you baking pan with some oil and pour in the cake batter.

Bake in the middle rack for 1.45 to 2 hrs. Check in between.

Let cool.

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Variations:

Aging your fruit cake with alcohol, then you can click on this link http://www.gratednutmeg.com/?p=4130 .

To make a darker batter you can make a dark caramel and add to the batter. Follow the link to my Plum Cake Recipe to make the caramel.

You can also watch my quick video to have an idea about how easy and simple it is to make the cake.

 

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.

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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

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Serving Size : 3 cups of cut cubes about 1″

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

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You can also watch my video for this recipe.

Bolo de Bolacha Marie – Marie Biscuit Cake Recipe

18 Nov

Bolo de bolacha marie is a dense cake which is not baked. It can be prepared a couple of days ahead. My dad loved his bolacha marie and cream crackers biscuits. We always had it at our home. My titi (my mom’s older sister) would make this cake for my sister’s birthday quite often when we were small kids. Once I started to cook I used to make it for Christmas, Easter and birthday parties. In fact it was the first dessert  I made for my husband on his first trip back home from the US before we got married 🙂 This dessert holds a lot of good old memories for me. I haven’t made it for a very long time.

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The origin of this recipe is definitely portuguese and has some likeness to Italian tiramisu. Unlike tiramisu you cannot over eat this cake because of high fat and caffeine. If you do, it makes you feel uncomfortable. I have made a few tweaks in the recipe to make the frosting light and skipped the raw egg for whipped cream. I have also used graham crackers instead of Marie biscuits as it is readily available in the groceries store. The only challenge is that graham crackers tend to fall apart even after a quick dip in black coffee compared to the marie biscuits.

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Serving Size: 3-4

Dish Size: 6x4x2.5 deep glass dish

Ingredients:

1.5 pack of graham crackers

1 cup of unsalted room temperature butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1 egg

1/3-1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp of vanilla essence

1 cup lukewarm water

1 tbsp of instant caffeinated or non coffee powder

1/8 tsp of salt

Directions:

Make the frosting first  by adding the butter, sugar,salt,vanilla and heavy cream. Whip for about 7-10 minute till light and fluffy.

Next make the black coffee by mixing instant coffee with 1 cup water put in a shallow dish so it will be easier to dip the cracker in.

Take you glass dish and first start by dipping the cracker in the coffee and layering the dish to cover it.

Next add a layer of frosting alternate between the crackers and frosting till all the frosting is done.

Decorate with crushed nut or sprinkle the top with some cocoa powder.

Let refrigerate for 3-4 hours before enjoying a slice.

Note: You can add cocoa powder to make chocolate frosting

You Can also watch a quick video to see how to make the recipe.

 

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Recheado Bhangde – Spicy Stuffed Mackerels Recipe

9 Sep

This recipe is not for faint hearted as it is spicy. It is quintessential Goan and an everyday food during the mackerel season. Growing up we ate fish, vegetables and fruits that were only seasonal. It was much healthier this way. The word “recheado bhangde” is a combination of 2 languages “recheado” is portuguese and means “stuffed” and “bhangdo, bhangde ” is in konkani meaning “mackerel, mackerels”. Goan love their fresh caught fish for everyday meals. Till today the fisherwoman comes over with the daily catch in the morning.

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A typical fish market in Goa

FYI: While I was researching for images on google I came across a YouTube video that had used one of my earlier image as the icon picture for the video and watermark it as their own. It made me very upset since I always credit my images and do not water mark.recheado-bangde-bangda-bhangde-recipe-ingredients-mackerels

Suggestion: 4 medium stuffed mackerel

Ingredients:

4 medium mackerel

5-6 tbsp of goan recheado masala

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup cream of wheat or rava for coating

Salt to taste

Directions:

Clean the mackerel guts and scales. Next butterfly the fish on both side of the bone and leave the bone in.

Apply salt on the inside out and keep aside.

Mix the recheado masala with sugar and salt to taste.

Apply the masala on either side of the fillet and marinate for 15-20 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan. Coat each sides with cream of wheat or rava or semolina and fry for about 4-5 minutes on each side on medium heat till golden brown.

Enjoy with a side of salad, pulao rice or some steamed vegetables.

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Pressure Cooker Seasoned Black Beans Recipe

22 Jul

I had never cooked with black beans before as I always bought canned ones from the store. I was very surprised as to how easy and flavorful it was cooking at home.  Making your own is a better option than the cans considering from a health safety point of view. You can refrigerate or freeze the beans for later use. I made this recipe a couple of time now with and without oil and you cannot tell much of a difference.

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One know fact about Goan cuisine is it does not use black beans neither did I see them in stores growing up. My husband has made an effort (with his wife’s helps 🙂  ) to eat more greener. He has been eating almost 90% plant-based diet and I must admit it can be monotonous if not being creative. It is also hard work and has to be planned. Since we do eat a lot of leafy green salads I am always looking for some protein to be included and black beans along with garbanzo beans are my goto.

Please feel free to share your Black Beans Recipes in the comments section.

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Serving Size: 4 cups

Ingredients:

2 cups of overnight soaked black beans

4 cups water

1 tsp of whole cumin seeds

4 crushed cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp of red chilli powder (optional)

1 chopped small onion (optional)

3 tbsp of oil

1/8 tsp of baking soda

Salt to season

Directions:

Add all the ingredients into a pressure cooker and cook for 25 minutes or 4 whistles.

Take off heat and let the pressure be released completely before you open the cooker to be safe.

Drain the liquid and save for making soup. Use black beans to make a variety of foods like rice, tostada, salad or more.

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Bolinhos de Coco – Coconut Cookies Recipes

24 Jun

Bolinhos de coco or Bolinhas ( cookies in portuguese) is a very popular cookie for evening tea time in Goa. They are also popular during christmas. Since cream of wheat /rava is used to make them, they have a nice crunch and can also be tricky if not made right. The cookies can be hard to bite. In India cream of wheat is used to make multiple sweets/ desserts, Baath / Batica (cake), Sheera / Xiro , Neureos ( deep-fried coconut stuffed sweet dumplings).

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As I was researching the recipe I found that some used white flour in the batter and some cooked the batter slightly before baking the cookies.  My recipe does not use flour but I did roast the cream of wheat/rava for a couple of minutes on medium heat to remove the rawness. My mom always did it and it gives a nice toasted smell. I also soaked the batter for 5 hours to soften the rava  before I baked the bolinhos and added a little extra baking powder to make it light instead of the cookies being dense. Since I used frozen grated coconut I replaced the water with coconut milk. In my opinion the frozen grated coconut found in the US is squeezed out of the first milk and so has no taste.

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Serving size: 20 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups of toasted cream of wheat / rava/ sooji

2 cups grated coconut

1.25 cup of sugar

3 tbsp of butter

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup water or coconut milk

1 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

2-3 pinches of salt

Directions:

In a pan heat sugar, frozen coconut, salt, butter and water / coconut milk till all the sugar melts. Take off heat and mix in the cream of wheat / rava and let stand for 4 to 6 hours.

Heat oven to 350F. Grease a cookie sheet or line a cookie pan.

Next add the 2 beaten eggs and baking powder and mix well.  Shape into cookies and bake for  25-30 minutes till light golden brown.

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Baked Doce de Grao – Gluten Free Coconut Blondie Recipe

29 Apr

I got the idea of testing this recipe after my success with my cheat version of coconut macaroons. Doce de grao (check recipe is a staple sweet made for weddings, Christmas, church feast and litany’s in Goa. This sweet requires a great labor of love. Depending on the quantity it can take an hour, two or more of constant stirring before it is ready to eat. Since it is laborious to make, I only put in the effort to make it during Christmas. Every time I go to Goa I would try to carry it back with me but since fresh grated coconut is used to make this sweet and having it packed would make the coconut go bad in a 27 hour flight. Always feeling disappointed, I truly was so excited to give this recipe a try and hoping it would work. I was so happy when my first batch came out just perfect. I can now make it often and it is gluten-free.

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If you are a Goan who has eaten doce de grao then this recipe makes for a softer version of the doce. Doce is a semi-soft dessert but you can also make it harder by adding more sugar. I love my mum’s version which was the semi-soft but it would go bad if not properly stored. Since I usually use less sugar in my deserts I only used 1/3 cup as the sweetened flakes of coconut would add more sweetness. The only alteration to the original recipe is the addition of eggs to bind the doce de grao batter/ coconut blondie(brownie). But it does not alter the taste in any ways. The flavor that is prominent is the chana and cardamom used.

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Serving Size: 9″ Brownie pan

Ingredients:

2 cans or 3 cups of cooked garbanzos beans/ Chana dal

1/3-1/2 cup of sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup of sweetened flakes coconut

1/2 tsp of ground cardamom powder.

3 tbsp of oil/ghee

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Directions:

Heat oven to 350F

In a food processor add all the above ingredients and pulse a couple of times till all is well combined and smooth.

Pour into a well-greased / well lined brownie pan and bake for 25-30 minutes till a toothpick comes out clear.

Cool and enjoy with a nice cup of hot tea.

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Easy Coconut Macaroons Recipe

22 Apr

I always wanted to make coconut macaroons but never looked up the recipe since I thought it might not be easy. Until I had got some sweet shredded coconut for a dessert that I made to take over to a friend’s place. It was a milk custard with canned pineapple, whipped cream, almonds and some sweet grated coconut.  After that day I was left with almost a full bag of sweet shredded coconut. That is when I thought of giving coconut macaroons a try. When I checked the back of the package it asked for 4 whipped eggs white and I thought what will I do with the egg yolks and so I changed my recipe to use whole eggs.

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The recipe is so simple it can be whipped up in a jiffy and turns out chewy with a light crunch on the outside. It only needs 5 simple ingredients. Along with the eggs I used a bit of flour for binding and baking powder to make the macaroons light and airy. I also did not use any extra sugar since I do not enjoy overly sweet desserts.

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Serving Size: 16 macaroons

Ingredients:

1 pack or 5 cups of sweet shredded coconut

2 eggs

4 tbsp of all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp of baking powder

pinch of salt

Directions:

Heat oven to 325F

Mix in the flour and baking powder together well.

In a mixing bowl beat 2 eggs and salt.  Add the shredded coconut and slowly fold it into the egg mixture.

Next sprinkle the flour and fold it in careful till well mixed.

Shape them into coconut macaroons and line them on a cookie sheet tray covered with parchment paper. Spray oil on the paper so that the macaroons will not stick.

Bake for 25-30 minutes till the macaroons are done.

Let cool and enjoy and store in an airtight container for a couple of days.

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Variations:

Use chopped almonds and cranberry.

Unsweetened cocoa powder about 4 tbsp.

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Beef Croquettes Recipe – Shallow Fried and Baked

15 Apr

I should have done this recipe way back but knowing that it does take extra effort I kept pushing it off till this week. So here is my mother’s recipe. I also experimented by baking some of the croquettes which were equally firm and held their shape. Beef croquettes definitely has a Portuguese origin and is somewhat close to the Dutch and Japanese.

        Shallow-fried Beef Croquettes

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There are many variation in cooking the ground beef and how the croquettes are cooked. Some recipes  use Goan smoked sausages, recheado masala or the popular meat dry spices called Jeerem-Meerem for cooking the ground meat. Some use bread crumbs or cream of wheat/rava. And finally they are either shallow-fried or deep-fried. The reason I shallow-fried is my mom makes it that way. For extra flavor she adds more sautéed onions with a dash of sugar and fresh chopped cilantro/coriander to the ground meat mix, before she shapes them into cylindrical croquettes rolls. If you have leftover cooked beef like a roast you can use it.

Baked Beef Croquettes

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Beef croquettes are very popular in a catholic household in Goa as a snack or h’orderve for parties, weddings and celebrations along with Coriander chutney sandwiches, Forminhas and Beef patties, Rissois de camaraoclick on each to go to the respective recipes.

Popular Goan Party Snacks

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4 Step in making croquettes

Cook the ground meat.

Grind the cook meat and add extra sautéed onions, egg, fresh cilantro and 3 slices of bread and let refrigerate for 30 -60 minutes.

Roll them in cylindrical croquettes and coat them in cream of wheat.

Shallow or deep fry the croquettes.

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Serving Size: 16 croquettes

Ingredients:

1 lbs of ground lean meat ( 94% to 6%)

1 medium onion diced very finely

2 tbsp of recheado masala/goan jeerem-meerem (click for recipe)

1 tsp of vinegar

1 tsp of sugar

4 cloves minced garlic

1/2″ ginger minced

1 cup cream of wheat for coating/ finely ground bread crumbs

1 egg

3 sliced of bread crumbled

8-10 sprigs of finely chopped fresh cilantro/ coriander

oil for shallow frying

Salt to taste

Directions:

Cooking  the ground beef/ mince/ keema

Heat oil in a pan and saute half the amount of onions, ginger, garlic till soft and fragrant. Next add the recheado masala/ jeerem-meerem, vinegar and saute for 30-60 seconds.

Add the meat and mix very well, season with salt and half the amount of sugar. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. Keep checking occasionally and stir as not to stick or burn.

Let cool completely or overnight.

Making the Croquettes

Saute the remaining onion till soft. Take off heat and add the remaining sugar, season with salt and fine chopped cilantro/ coriander. Let cool.

In a food processor/ meat grinder add the cooled meat, egg and crumbled bread slices and pulse a couple of times till all is mixed well.

Take out the mixture from the food processor and mix the cooled sautéed onion mixture. The texture and consistency have to be similar to a cookie dough to be able to shape the croquettes. Refrigerate it for 30 -60 minutes.

Divided the meat mixture into equal portions about 16 portions, roll them as ball and then press them down to form in cylindrical shape. Coat them in cream of wheat or finely ground bread crumbs and shallow fry on each side for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat.

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For baking:

Heat oven to 400F. Line a cookie sheet tray with parchment paper, spray oil, then line the croquettes and spray the croquettes on top with oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes turn the croquettes halfway through the baking process to be baked evenly.

Tip: Make the croquettes ahead of time and freeze it. You can reheat them in the oven for 15 minutes at 375F.

Orange Cranberry Loaf Recipe

18 Mar

Here is a vibrant colored moist, low-sugar cake/loaf idea for your Easter brunch with a citrus burst. If you want a low sugar version then just skip the orange sugar glaze at the end. Allergic to nuts than skip them and the cake/ loaf will be equally delicious. The flavor is more from the orange. Depending on the type of pan you use the baking time might vary. On my first try I had used a rectangle larger pan the cake baked in 25 minutes but when I used the 9×13 it took about 40 minutes.

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I tried this recipe after  my husband wanted me to buy the orange-cranberry scones they sell at the costco.  But the day I went shopping they were not available and so I convinced him that I would make them at home minus the preservatives. The reason being I love cakes more than scones. I also enjoy dessert with nuts in them and on my first try I used walnuts.

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Serving Size: 9×13 loaf pan

Ingredients:

Cake batter:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp of baking powder

1/2 cold cup milk

1/2 cup orange juice

3 eggs

3 tbsp of melted butter

1/4 cup oil

3/4-1 cup sugar

2 tbsp of orange zest

1/3 cup cranberries

1/3 cup almonds/ walnuts/ pistachios

1/8 tsp salt

Sugar Icing:

1 cup powder sugar

1 tbsp of lemon zest

3 -4 tbsp of orange juice

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Directions:

Heat oven to 350F

Grease a cake pan with oil.

Beat eggs, sugar,melted butter, oil and salt. Next add the milk, juice and mix it together.

Strain and mix the flour & baking powder together and add it to the wet mixture.

Next add the nuts and cranberry fold it in carefully and then pour  in the pan and bake for 30-45 minutes till the toothpick comes out dry.

Let the cake cool. Then pour in the icing sugar or enjoy it without for a low-sugar dessert.

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Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Recipe

11 Mar

Here is another vegetarian recipe for lent. It is gluten-free and a one pan meal. I learnt this recipe from a vegetarian friend. My husband and kids love it. I am waiting for Easter so I can try it with chicken. I have a recipe for shredded chicken with chipotle peppers, salsa and a few more ingredients that I use to make tostadas.

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You will need a 9×13 baking dish. For the vegetables you can use corn, black beans, bell-peppers, mushrooms or cooked pinto beans (Mexican frijoles).  I used Sprouts enchilada sauce but I prefer the Trader Joe’s. It has a nice kick and flavor.

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Serving Size : 6-8

Ingredients:

18 corn tortillas

2 can black beans drained

2 fresh corn steam in the microwaves for 6 minutes take the kernel of the cob

1 medium onion diced

4 cloves garlic diced

1/2 cup chunky salsa

3 cups of fresh grated cheese ( I used medium cheddar)

1.5- 2 bottles of enchilada sauce (12oz/bottle)

9×13 baking dish

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Directions:

Saute the onions till translucent. Add the garlic and saute for a few seconds. Next add the corn and black beans, salsa and saute well. Cook for 5-7 minutes covered on medium heat. Let cool.

Next warm the tortillas quickly on a pan to make them pliable.

Set oven to 350F

Pour a thin layer of enchilada sauce at the bottom. If your enchilada sauce does not have a great flavor mix it with some salsa.

Stuff each tortilla with the corn and black bean mixture. Line them with the seams side down. Pour enchiladas sauce on top of them sprinkle with cheese and make the second layer the same way.

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes then take of the foil and bake another 5 minutes.

If you like it more moist then pour some more enchilada sauce on top before serving. Enjoy with a side of guacamole and fried plantains like we did.

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Baked Sev Strips – Gluten Free

22 Jan

Sharing with you the baked version of a popular Indian savory snack recipe that I enjoyed a lot in my college days specially while studying for exams. I was very surprised how close it tasted to the fried version. Sev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste, which is seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and ajwain before being deep-fried in oil. These noodles vary in thickness. It is vegan and gluten-free.

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You can use this recipe to either fry the strip or use the sev maker to fry or bake the sev. There are variations to this recipe depending on each state in India. I am sharing with you the one that is popular in Goa.

On a side note I do apologize for being slack with my blog the reason being I fell very sick the day after Christmas and am still recovering and to add to it all my husband fell sick last week that ended in him being in the hospital and having various test done to see the cause of his sickness. The next 3 weeks are going to be hectic with doctor’s appointments and I want to focus on him being well. I will be there to support your blog post but will take a break from posting my self. I truly appreciate all your support. Thank you all so much 🙂

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Serving Size ; 4

Ingredients:

1 cup of besan/garbanzo beans flour 

2 tbsp of oil

1/4 tsp of turmeric powder

1/8 tsp of Asafoetida

1/4 tsp of red chili powder

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp of ajwain/ Carom seed powder

1/4 cup water

salt to taste

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Directions:

Heat oven to 355F or 180C or heat oil for deep-frying.

Mix all the dry ingredients together well. Knead the flour to a nice dough using little water at a time. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes.

If you have the sev maker, press the dough through the sev maker  to form thin noodles strips and lay it on parchment paper to bake or deep fry the sev.

If you do not have a sev maker then place the ball of dough in-between to parchment papers, roll the dough to a very thin layer. I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into long strips. You can cut it in cracker shapes as well.

Bake for 13-15 minutes till crisp. Let cool completely and enjoy it as a snack or mix it with roasted nut for extra flavor.

Store in an airtight container for a couple of days.

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Pork Empadinhas

11 Dec

Goan Pork Empadinhas is not to be mistaken with empanadas that are popular in Mexican and South American restaurant. They are made with flour, are sweet and are shaped as mini pies. I have only eaten them twice when I was really young. And now I know why…..they take a lot of egg yolks and time 🙂 My aunt who lived with us would make all the Portuguese specialties in our family since they were time-consuming and needed attention to details.

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The Goan Pork Empadinhas does have a Portuguese influence. Traditionally empadinhas are made with pork but if you want to make it vegetarian you can use mushroom and follow the same recipe to cook it as below. Do note, the stuffing has to be dry so drain out all the liquid. If you do visit Goa you may not find it on regular restaurant menu’s but ask a Goan born during the Portuguese regime in Goa like my mum’s generation they know about the Empadinhas, Bacalhau (cod fish), Sardinhas à PortuguesaBeef Roulade, Assado de Leitão(Roasted Piglet) and a few more.

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This recipe is a 3 step Process.

  1.  Cooking the pork meat.

2.   Making the sweet dough and shaping them in a muffin pan

3.  Baking the mini Pork Pies at 350F for 18-20 minutes.

I made 12 empadinhas and used the remaining dough and meat to make a Pot of Gold ( as I call it).

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Serving Size: 12 mini pies + 1

Ingredients:

Cooking the pork meat

1.5 lbs of pork meat diced into small cubes

3 medium onions chopped

8 cloves garlic

1.5″ ginger

8 whole cloves

8 whole peppercorns

1.5″ cinnamon stick

1 green chili

1 red chili

1 dime sized tamarind ball

1/2 tsp of turmeric

1 tsp of vinegar

1 tsp of sugar

1/4 cup water

salt to taste

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Directions:

Wash and cut the meat into tiny cubes.

Grind the garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, tamarind, peppercorns, green & red chili and vinegar to a paste.

Apply salt and ground paste to the cut meat. Keep aside.

In a pot heat oil and saute the onions till soften. Next add the turmeric and saute for a minute.

Add the cut meat, sugar, water season with more salt if needed and saute well till all mixes and cover and cook on medium low heat while checking for 15 -20 minutes. Till the meat is cooked well.

Let cool completely. You can also make this the night before.

Making the sweet dough:

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cream of wheat

9 egg yolks

2 tbsp – 3 tbsp of cold milk

6 tbsp of fine sugar

2 tbsp of melted butter

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp of water beaten together to brush the tops (optional)

1/8 tsp of salt

Directions:

Mix the flour, cream of wheat, baking powder, sugar and salt well.

Next add the melted butter and mix it well into the dry ingredients.

Beat the yolks together and pour in and mix to form a dough if the dough id too dry add some few tablespoon of cold milk to form a nice dough.

Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Spray or brush the muffin pan with oil.

Divide the dough into 12 equal part and roll out each part to have the muffin pan covered at the base and the top. For this I used a 4 1/4 inch round for the bottom and 2 3/4 inch round for the top as per my muffin pan.

Fill each with the pork filling.

Cover  each pie with the 2 3/4 inch crust and give them all a yolk wash on top.

Bake in the oven at 350F for 18-20 minutes till all have a nice golden brown crust.

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Plum Cake -Goan Black Cake

20 Nov

Frankly speaking Goan Plum Cake has nothing to do with plums. I do not know the history as how it was named but I do know that  it still is a very popular cake in Goa. The almost black cake has a flavor of candied orange rinds, blackened sugar and is dense. It smells and taste very close to the Italian Panettone Bread except it has a cake texture. I enjoy eating this cake for evening tea and it’s on my must have list to bring back from Goa. This recipe has been on my to-do list for a long time. Trying to search for the recipe online was not easy as the search only showed the Famous Goan fruit cake which is made with brandy or rum, dry fruits and nuts. But they were listed as Plum cake. For a Goan born and raised in Goa we sure can tell the difference in recipe.

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As it is that time of the year where costco has a lot of panettone bread I bought some, kept eating and reading the ingredients to guess what the recipe would be. It took me a couple of attempts including adding molasses which was not a really good idea before I got the recipe right. Like I said before, for recipes that I do not know I use my memories of that dish, the way it smells, taste and texture. I am so happy to finally almost nail the recipe. Plum cake is an everyday cake usually served when friends and family drop by. It is a non boozy cake unlike the Goan fruit cake which may look close but has a few more ingredients. It is cut in about 9 x 4″ rectangle with the burnt edges trimmed and wrapped in plastic wrap and sold at bakeries and Tea Cafe’s.goan-plum-cake-recipe-collage-of-ingredients

Serving Size: 9 inch loaf pan

Ingredients:

Black Caramel Syrup – Make 30 minutes ahead and let cool

1/2 cup sugar

3 tbsp of water

Cake Batter

1 cup flour

1 tsp of baking powder

1 stick soft butter

2 eggs

1/2- 3/4 cups sugar ( I used only 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp, I prefer less sugar)

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup candied orange rinds

1/4 cup tutti-frutti or candied fruit

1/2 tsp of vanilla  (optional)

Directions:

On medium heat in a heavy bottom pan add the 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tbsp of water and heat till the sugar becomes black about 4-6 minutes.

Keep a close eye not to over burn.

Carefully add the remaining water and gently stir till the caramelized sugar turns to syrup.

Take of heat and let cool completely.

Heat oven to 385F.

Grease a loaf pan.

With a hand mixer mix sugar, eggs and softened butter till creamy. Next add the cooled sugar syrup and dried fruits and mix well.

Finally add the flour and baking powder to the batter and mix well.

Pour it in the pan and bake for 26-28 minutes till a toothpick comes out clean.

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Let cool, trim the edges and enjoy with a nice cup of tea.

You can also wrap the cake in saran wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 weeks.

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Baked Pumpkin Pudding

30 Oct

My kids and I enjoy pumpkin desserts and since it is raining pumpkins, I decided to jump on board. Ever since my kids have figured that mom can bake, they now think I am a 24/7 bakery. My oldest wanted me to bake a pumpkin pie. But mom always has wise plans, I wanted to skip the pie crust 😉 My first try wasn’t as successful but I think for my taste the second try worked out well. I balanced the pie-crust calories by replacing milk with heavy cream 🙂

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This recipe does not have the trilogy of pumpkin spices but just nutmeg. If you love eggnog with its bold flavor of nutmeg then I am sure you will enjoy this pumpkin pudding recipe. My puddings are not overly sweet and I do not use a water bath to bake it.

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Serving: 4-6 ramekins or 9″ pie pan

Ingredients:

2 cups pumpkin puree

4 whole eggs

6-8 tbsp of raw sugar

1/2 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 cup heavy cream

pinch of salt

Directions:

Heat oven to 350F

Cream sugar, nutmeg, salt and eggs.

Next add the cream. Mix well.

Finally add the pumpkin puree.

Spray your pie pan or ramekins. Pour in the mixture. Place the bake-ware on a cookie sheet and bake for 35-40 minute till a toothpick comes clean.

Let cool and then refrigerate for 1-4 hrs.

Serve with some home-made whipped cream and pumpkin seeds.

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Love Pumpkin, then here are some more recipes you can check out Creme Brulee in Mini-Pumpkin’s Recipe here. Also a Creamy Pumpkin Curry Recipe with coconut milk.

Creme Brulee in Mini Pumpkin | Goan Imports

Please feel free to share your Pumpkin Recipe’s in the comment section 🙂

No Crust Baked Cheesecake Recipe

9 Oct

My kids love cheese cake and when I attempted to make my first one it was exciting to note how easy it was to make with just 4 ingredients. My ambitiously lazy self always looks for ways to make easy, low-calorie desserts without compromising the flavors. This weekend I am making some more cheesecake for a friend’s birthday and am going to add some pumpkin for fiber and color 🙂

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Cheese cake reminds me of a dessert which Goan’s make called Posu. It is made with cows Colostrum, it is the first milk the cow gives after it has given birth. To that sugar, nutmeg and a hint of turmeric is added and then steamed for 15 -20 minutes to form a thick pudding. Chilled and enjoyed. I love this sweet. It is a rare treat  in Goa as colostrum is not sold in stores. You need to know a generous farmer who would share it. We were lucky  enough growing up to know one. Three generations of farmers had delivered fresh milk to my family. By the time we were in college the milk-man (dudkar) had stopped coming. Last time I visited Goa my Madrinha(God-Mother) had made some and I enjoyed every bit of it.

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Serving Size: 9″ Round

Ingredients:

2 packs of 1/3 fat cream cheese

1/2-3/4 cup organic sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

2 room temperature eggs

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Sour Cream Topping (optional)

1.5 cup sour cream

1/4-1/2  cup sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla

Directions:

Heat oven to 350F

Cream the eggs and sugar first. Next add the cream cheese and vanilla.

Pour in a 9″ round greased pie dish. Bake for 30 minutes till you see a golden brown edging and the toothpick comes out clear.

Cool and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2hrs.

If topping with sour cream whisk the 3 ingredient well. Spread the mixture on a cooled cheese cake and then chill for 2-3 hours before serving.

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Enjoy as a light dessert. Great for parties as you can make it a day early.

Easy Oven Baked Barbecue Ribs

2 Oct

Making ribs can either be easy or intimidating and I was latter. All the baking, basting and pasting just seemed too confusing to me 🙂 till I saw a snippet of easy oven baked ribs on Disney Jr when my kids were watching TV. Everyone has a preference of the type of ribs they like. Some like it dry (Memphis Style Ribs), sauced, sweet, savory or spicy. My husband and me enjoy dry savory ribs and my sons like sauced sweet ribs.

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                                      Oven Baked Sauced Ribs

Making the dry rub was easy and me the impatient person that I am did not want to bake them at 225F but at 350F. My Goan infused dry spice rub made me very anxious and edgy till the ribs were done and I had my first taste. I added cloves, chile and cinnamon powder which are a common ingredients for most of Goan Meat cooking recipes.

Ribs Dry Rub Recipe

Serving Size: 8 -10 lbs of ribs

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cumin powder

1/4 cup onion powder

1/4 cup garlic powder

2 tbsp or 1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp of ancho or chipotle

2 tbsp of sea salt

1 tbsp of pepper powder

2 tbsp of chili powder or cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp of cloves (optional)

1 tbsp of cinnamon powder (optional)

Direction:

Mix all the powders together and store in an air-tight container.

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Researching online I figured 8 steps to follow for making my Easy Oven baked Ribs.

  1. Marinate ribs in liquid smoke overnight or at least 2 hours
  2. Dry with paper towel.
  3. Heat oven to 350F
  4. Apply the dry rub and massage on both sides.
  5. Wrap the ribs in layers of  heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 2 hrs.
  7. Let it rest for 1 hour
  8. Apply sauce of choice and broil on high for 7 minutes(keep a close eye as it can get easily burnt unattended).

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

4-5 lbs of spare or short ribs.

1/2 part of above dry rub

6 tbsp of Mesquite liquid smoke

8 cups of water

2 tbsp of sea salt

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Directions:

Wash and clean the ribs. Carefully take the sliverskin under the ribs (helps to season the back of the ribs better). In a large bowl soak the ribs overnight or at least 2hrs minimum with liquid smoke, salt and water.

Heat over to 350F

Dry the ribs with a paper towel, rub them with dry spice mix on both sides.

Place them in 3 to 4 heavy-duty aluminium foil wrapper and seal the ribs well.

Place then in the oven and baked for 2hrs till done.

Let the ribs rest for about 1 hour without opening the foil.

Baste it with barbecue sauce of choice( I used the Texas Style Spicy Smoky Mesquite Sauce) and broil it on high about 7-8 minutes so it does not burn.

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Enjoy with a nice side of Steamed Garlic Soy Green Beans.

Please share your recipes or tips on making ribs in the comment section. I would love to hear from you since I am still a novice at this 🙂

Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

25 Sep

This recipe appealed for 2 reasons. Firstly Goan’s use beans to make sweets/desserts like Doce de Grao (Gluten-free Coconut Bars), Gorchem ( Moong Dal Pudding with coconut milk), Atoll (Rice and split pea pudding)and secondly I try to eat gluten-free often. I had to try this recipe 3 times till I got it right (according to my oh so humble opinion 🙂 ) and along the way I came up with a cupcakes recipe. My kids enjoyed these brownie as long as they did not know they were made with black beans but after overhearing my conversation with a friend they just decided it was not to cool to eat black bean brownie no more.

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My recipe is made with reduced sugar. Here are a few variations you can make.

Replace the oil with 1 ripe avocado

Sugar with 10-15 medjool dates.

Make it vegan by replacing the egg with a Flax Seed Egg.

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Serving Size: 9 brownies

Ingredients:

1 can of black beans rinsed and drained (1-3/4 cups)

1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tbsp of vanilla

3 tbsp of cocoa powder

3 tbsp of oil or 1 mashed avocado

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/8 tsp of salt

1/4 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup crushed walnuts/ cashews/pistachios (optional)

1/2 cup crushed raspberries (optional)

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Directions:

Heat oven to 350F

Mash or use a food processor to mash the drained beans.

In a bowl mix all the remaining ingredients well eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, oil, salt, chocolate chips, nuts and crushed raspberries.

Add the mashed beans to the mixture. Pour in a 9″ brownie pan or in muffin pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check after 25 till the top looks set and toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool and enjoy with a nice glass of milk.

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Marble Cake

24 Jul

Marble Cake is very much part of the Goan culture. In-fact in the 80’s stores would mostly sell 4 types of cakes in Goa Pound, Plum, Marble and Rainbow cake. During Christmas we would get Walnut and Fruit Cake. The batter was a basic pound/sponge cake with different twist. In mid 90’s coffee and pastry shops were getting popular and these cakes started to lose their charm to newer pastries.

marble-cake-recipe-goan-indian-cupcake-sponge-white-chocolate-usaThis cake does brings back fond memories. Tea time after siesta is very much the “Susegado(peaceful)” Goan lifestyle that is slowly dying. Family or friends usually drop by to visit between 10-12pm or 3-6pm and that is when either tea or soda will be served along with snacks.

marble-cake-recipe-goan-indian-from-scratch-moist-low-sugarPlease note: If you are a professional baker than my measures may not seem right. I like my cakes to be less sweet and low-fat 🙂 . If you skip the cocoa powder than you can use the same batter to make the famous Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe. A very easy to make basic moist sponge cake.

Serving size: 6-8

Ingredients:

1 cup of all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

1 tsp of vanilla essence

1 (1/4 lbs) stick of room temperature butter

1.5 tsp of baking powder

2 tbsp of cocoa powder

marble-cake-recipe-goan-indian-mix-ingredientDirections:

Heat the oven to 400F.

Grease and flour a bread loaf pan.

In a mixing bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence, baking soda till all the mixture is smooth.

Next add the milk and mix well.

Add the sieved flour slowly and keep mixing with your hand mixer till smooth.

Divide the batter into 3 equal portions and add the cocoa powder to one portion.

Pour in the vanilla batter first then slowly add the chocolate and top it again with the vanilla batter. Use a knife and swirl it around through the batter.

Bake for 20-30 minutes. Till a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes take it out and then cool it on a cooling rack.

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Enjoy the moist Marble Cake with a nice cup of afternoon tea like a true Goan.

If you have a similar recipe please share in the comments section. I would love to know all about it 🙂

Baked Onion Bhajia – Vegan and Gluten Free

22 May

This recipe can have many names it just depends on what you wish to call it. Pakoras, pakodas, bhajia, Bhaji, savory muffins, pancakes…yes, I use the same batter to make breakfast pancakes. How cool is that :-).

goan-onion-pakoda-pakora-bhajias-recipe-besan-bhaji-bhajjiI have used the traditional Goan recipe for deep-fried bhajias. It is a common sight along the street in the evening. I remember the Aai(mom) who would make it just outside of the general store with a stove, deep-frying pan and newspaper that she wrapped the bhajias. On my recent visit to Margao in Goa I saw her daughter who does it now. The smell of deep-fried onions would make me drool on my walk back home from the bus stop during my college days.

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Deep Fried Goan Onion Bhajia’s

The batter is made with gram flour (besan, chickpea flour, garbanzo bean flour), turmeric, ajwain or jeera(optional) and water. Sliced onions, overnight brine whole green chillies or slices of potatoes are added. You can spoon a small amount at a time and deep fry or bake like I did. This is a very common street food snack in Goa and perfect for those raining days with a nice cup of hot tea.

goan-onion-pakoda-pakora-bhajias-recipe-ingredients-gluten-free-savory-muffinsI made my baked onion bhajia in the muffin tin for its shape. I did not want to make the batter too thick and was not too sure of the shape if I had baked small scopes on a cookie sheet.

Serving Size: 11-12 muffins

Ingredients:

goan-onion-pakoda-pakora-bhajias-recipe-ingredients1 cup gram flour

1/4 tsp of powder ajwain (optional – but good for digestion – antiflatulent)

1/4 tsp of turmeric (for color)

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1.5 sliced medium-sized white or red onions

1 jalapeno chopped

1/2 bunch of fresh chopped cilantro.

2  tbsp of oil

3/4 cup water

Salt to taste

goan-onion-pakoda-pakora-bhajias-recipe-indianDirections:

Heat oven to 500F

Grease a muffin tin

In a mixing bowl add the first 4 dry ingredients, water and strip well to a smooth batter. Next add the onions, cilantro, jalapeno, oil and salt and mix well.

Spoon into muffin pan and bake for 8 minutes then flip the muffin and bake for another 8 minutes.

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Eat it hot off the oven with a nice cup of milk tea. Cool and refrigerate the rest. Warm up and enjoy it for a quick healthy snack or a breakfast muffin.

Nankhati – Indian Shortbread Cookies

17 Apr

I must admit that I do not know the exact history and origin of Nankhati (Nan-cut-tie) Biscuits in Goa but I sure do know they were sold at most Goan Bakeries and stores. Nankhati is a melt in you mouth biscuit made with flour, ghee, sugar and cardamom. Unlike stated online that they were made for Christmas they were actually an everyday biscuits for evening tea.

nankhatai-biscuit-recipe-goan-indian-short-bread-cookies-wheat-flourGhee is clarified unsalted butter which has a lovely browned butter smell. It has the milk proteins removed and has a high smoke point, making it perfect for cooking. I have made it twice before. It just takes a little of patience. Since ghee is not easily available at local grocery store I decided to use melted butter.

nankhatai-biscuit-recipe-goan-indian-short-bread-cookies-blogThis recipe is vegetarian, has no eggs and just 5  ingredients that are in most kitchen pantries and is really quick and easy. A great snack for all the outdoor activities we are heading towards with the warm weather.

 nankhatai-biscuit-recipe-goan-indian-short-bread-cookies-no-eggsI used to love these cookies but as I grew older and saw them around all the time I just did not like them anymore. But time does has a great sense of humor if you know what I mean :-). Lately I suddenly started to crave for them with my evening tea.

 nankhatai-biscuit-recipe-goan-indian-short-bread-cookies-vegetarianA few variation you can try is replacing white flour with whole wheat and butter with oil. The popular toppings for these biscuits( Biscuits is a word used more often than cookies in India) were cashew, cherry, corn flakes or just plain.

Serving Size: 12 – 3″ cookies

nankhatai-biscuit-recipe-goan-indian-short-bread-cookies-ingredientsIngredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsalted melted butter / ghee(clarified butter) I know I used salted butter as that is what I had

1/2 cup powder sugar

8 cardamom seeds powder

1/4 tbsp of baking soda

pinch of salt

nankhatai-biscuit-recipe-goan-indian-short-bread-cookies-doughDirections:

Heat oven to 325F

Mix well flour, sugar,cardamom powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the melted butter and mix to form a nice smooth dough ball.

Divide the dough in 12 equal portions and shape into a ball an then lightly flatten it.

Place the on a cookie sheet and bake approx 15 to 20 minutes till you smell the cookies and they slightly change color.

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Do not over bake as they will be burnt underneath.

Let cool to harden the biscuits. Enjoy with a nice cup of hot tea.

Goat Xacuti Curry

27 Feb

This was a recipe that happened by chance as in my household it is very rare we eat goat / mutton meat. Also there is no recipe I know of, in Goan cuisine with goat meat. The two popular meats used in Goan recipes are beef and pork and occasionally chicken.

goat-meat-xacuti-curry-goan-indian-recipe-spicy-coconut-lambYou can use lamb as well to replace the goat. I prefer goat as it is less gamey tasting than lamb. I also found out it is a great alternative to red meats. It is leaner and a much healthier choice when compared to equal serving sizes of chicken, beef and pork.

goat-meat-xacuti-curry-goan-indian-recipe-lambIf you own a pressure cooker then this recipe is much quicker to make. You will also need a mixer/grinder to grind the roasted coconut. It does take patience and time but the final outcome of the Goat Xacuti Curry makes it all worth it. The curry has a beautiful roasted spices and coconut flavor that is so unique it make you want for more.

Serving Size: 6-8

Ingredients:

2 lbs of goat meat trimmed of skin and fat.

7oz of frozen grated coconut thawed

1 medium onion quartered

6 garlic cloves

1 inch ginger

4-5 tbsp of xacuti masala

2 tbsp of lemon juice

1/2 cup coconut milk

2.5 cups of water

2 sprigs of curry leaves (optional)

salt to taste.

goat-meat-xacuti-curry-goan-indian-recipe-ingredientsDirections:

Wash and cleans the goat meat, apply salt, lemon juice and refrigerate for 30 minutes (applying salt & lemon juice seasons the meat better).

Heat a non-stick pan add the grated coconut and saute it on medium heat for 15-20 minutes till it is toasted to be lightly brown. Add the xacuti masala to the coconut and roast it for another 2 minutes.Take off heat and keep aside.

Next add to the same hot pan quartered onion and roast till soften.

In the ninja single serve cup add the coconut mixture, onions, ginger, garlic along with 1/2 to 1 cup water and grind it to a paste for about 2-3 minute (If required grind it in 2 batches).

Heat oil in a pot, add the ground paste and saute for 1 minute till well blended. Add the goat meat and saute for about 3 to 4 minutes till mixed well. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Next add the remaining water, coconut milk and check on the salt. Add salt to your taste if required.

Cook covered for another 1 hour and 15 minutes on medium heat. Keep checking and stirring every 15-20 minutes. Till the meat has softened and the gravy thickened.

If you do add the curry leaves then add it 5 minutes before you take it off the heat.

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You can enjoy it with rice, Ciabatta Bread or Appam (A gluten-free rice pancake). It taste better the next couple of days. If you are not a big fan of goat than try my recipe for Chicken Xacuti or Beef Xacuti.

Appam – Rice Pancakes Recipe

20 Feb

The origin of this recipe is from Kerala and is traditionally eaten with Meat Curry similar to the Goan Xacuti Curry. Making this recipe made me realize that it can be used to make the famous Goan Steamed Rice Cakes called Sanna (Sannam) with the addition of grated coconut to the batter specially when coconut toddy is not readily available. This will be my next project to make. It is gluten-free and kid friendly.

rice-pancakes-gluten-free-appam-coconut-milk-kerela-recipe-sannamAs my mother in law is visiting us from Goa and she being from Kerala I have found some similarities between the Goan and Keralite cuisine. If you are a Keralite then probably you may judge me by the picture of my Appam or Rice Pancakes that it does not look like the real thing as Appam is made in a shallow wok and has a much lacy texture than mine. That is why I choose to name this recipe Rice Pancakes.

rice-pancakes-gluten-free-appam-coconut-milk-kerela-recipe-goanMy husband and I are constantly looking to replace our overload on gluten foods with alternatives and this is our new find for breakfast this week. I have been enjoying it with my leftover Fish Curry. The pancakes are so airy and moist they absorb curries really well. In India overall breakfasts are savory than here in the US. And so I want to go back to my roots and have my kids start their day with a savory breakfast rather than cereals, pancakes and sweet breads.

rice-pancakes-gluten-free-appam-coconut-milk-kerela-recipe-meat-curryYou will need a 1.5 days before you can make these pancake. Overnite to soak the rice and the following day to let the batter ferment and rise with yeast.

Serving Size: 12-15 Pancakes 6″

Ingredients:

2 Cup of overnight soaked raw rice

1 can of coconut milk

3/4 cups of cooked white rice

1/2 cup of water

1 tsp of sugar

1 tsp of dry yeast

salt to taste

rice-ingredients-for-goan-sannam-kerala-appamDirections:

In a grinder or mixer, grind to a paste soaked raw rice, cooked rice, coconut milk and water.

Add sugar, yeast to 3 tbsp of warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.

Now mix both the above mixtures and let stand overnight till the batter rises and ferments.

The mixture should be very similar to a pancake mixture. Not too thick.

In a nonstick pan spoon some batter cover and cook for 3-4 minutes till done.

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Enjoy it with Curries or with Sweeten Milk. You can refrigerate the leftover batter for a day or two.

If you are adventurous  you can make alternative combinations.

1. Add chopped onion, tomatoes, green chilli and cilantro to the batter.

2. Once the pancakes are done shave some jaggery to make a sweet pancakes.

Ground Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

13 Feb

It was my husbands birthday this week and I wanted to make something a little healthy, spicy and different from the usual Goan Chicken Xacuti, Beef Stew and Pork Sorpatel as I had made it all for Christmas Day lunch. I am sharing with you today my 3 different versions of the final Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe.

Lower Calories Healthy Version Stuffed Peppers.

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Healthy Lower Calories Stuffed Bell Pepper with just Ground Chicken.

 

For those who love their Cheeses, this one is specially for you 🙂

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Cheese Lovers Stuffed Ground Chicken Peppers with Oven Roasted Beets

 

For me and my Carbs loving friends 🙂

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Mashed Potatoes Topped Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Serving Size: 6

Ingredients:

2 lbs of ground chicken

1 medium onion chopped finely

6 medium bell peppers cleaned

5 cloves of diced garlic

1/2 ” ginger chopped finely

2.5 tbsp of Xacuti Masala

8-10 sprigs of cilantro

1/4 cup of water.

salt to taste

stuffed-bell-peppers-capsicum-with-ground-chicken-xacuti-masala-ingredientsDirections for Ground Chicken:

Saute chopped onions, ginger and garlic in a pot till the onions are soft. Next add the xacuti masala and saute for 1 minutes.

Add the ground chicken, water and stir it well till no big chucks of meat. Add salt to taste and cook covered on medium heat for 20-25 minutes.

Turn the heat off and add the chopped fresh cilantro. Let cool.

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Seasoned Ground Chicken Recipe

You can also use this recipe for making Chicken Patties if you do not eat beef.

Directions for Stuffed Bell Peppers:

Heat oven to 350F.

Cut thin slice from stem end of each cleaned bell pepper to remove top of pepper. Remove the seeds and membranes.

Apply little salt to the bell peppers on the inside. Place them in a microwaveable dish add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the dish and microwave for 45 to 60 seconds to soften the peppers a little.

Pour out any liquid from the inside of the bell peppers. Next spoon in the ground chicken in each pepper. If you want you can add the topping of your choice like I did and then baked for 30-35 minutes.

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Serve and enjoy while it is still hot.

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