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Semi-Homemade Malai Paneer Curry Recipe

20 Mar

malai-paneer-curry-recipe-masala-simmer-sauce-pasta-spicyAn accidental recipe that became a hit and helped me to discover and easy way to make any Indian malai curry. My husband later refused to eat the frozen malai paneer curry I had got from the Indian store. I love the tikka masala curry for its creaminess and since I had Trader Joe’s masala simmer sauce in my pantry for a while I had the idea to use it with some heavy cream. What I got was a very well spiced creamy curry which was close to any typical tikka curry available in the restaurants. You could use the curry with paneer, chunky pieces of eggplant, chicken, mushrooms,prawns (shrimps), crab or losbter and it will be equally delicious.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 bottle of trader joe’s masala simmer sauce

1 block or 2-3 cups of cubed paneer about 1 inch cubes

1/4 cup water

1/3- 1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup frozen peas

season with salt (optional)

Directions:

In a pot add the simmer sauce and bring it to a light boil /simmer.

Next add the heavy cream, paneer bring it to a simmer again add the frozen grean peas and check for seasoning.

Let cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Take off heat and add some fresh cut cilantro for additional flavor.

Serve with white rice, pasta for a vegetarian option as the sauce is creamy or fresh baked bread, naan or roti.

Check out my video to see how easy and quick it is to make the Malai Paneer Curry.

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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.

 

Indo-Chinese Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

19 Sep

The Indian hot and sour soup is one of my husband’s favorite and now it’s my 9-year-old’s as well. I grew up with Indo-Chinese cuisine outside of goan and indian as it was the only other cuisine.  Now a days you can find all sorts of different cuisine in Goa. A Indo-Chinese restaurant called “Gaylin” was the most popular one in Margao.  You can also check out my other Indo-Chinese recipe  Chicken Manchurian.

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This recipe is fairly easy and can be done a vegetarian or non-veg version. In the vegetarian version you can add cabbage, green beans, mushroom, carrots, bamboo shoots and tofu and for a non-veg shredded chicken. Else you can leave it as a thick broth without any additions. Last week I  used the same recipe to make chicken wonton soup.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

6 cups of water or stock

1/2 onion finely chopped

5-7 finely chopped garlic cloves

1″ ginger chopped fine

3 tbsp of corn starch

1.5 tbsp of vinegar

4-5 tbsp of soya sauce

1 tbsp of chili-garlic paste

1/2-1 green chili chopped

salt to taste

Optional

1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage

1/2 cup finely chopped green beans

1/4 cup finely cubed carrots

1/2 cup cubed tofu

1/4 cup bamboo shoot

1/2 cup mushrooms

12-16 wonton

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup shredded chicken

Directions:

In a pot saute the onion and green chili till soften. Next add the ginger, garlic and saute for 30-40 seconds. Next add the vegetables and sweat them for 4-5 minutes.

To this add water or stock, chili-garlic paste, soya sauce, vinegar and salt to season and cook covered for 15 minutes on medium heat. You can add the wonton or tofu or shredded chicken bring to a boil.

Mix the cornstarch with 3-4 tbsp of water to form a paste. Add this mixture to the hot soup and stir till it thickens and starts to bubble. Finally add the beaten egg and stir the soup slowly to get egg stands.

Take of heat and serve hot. You can add fresh chopped cilantro for garnish.

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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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Methi Bhaji – Fenugreek Leaves and Urad Dal Recipe

26 Aug

Fenugreek leaves is popular in a Goan household. It is usually made into a vegetable while in the rest parts of India methi leaves is used in many ways. It has many health benefits  which makes it very popular. I had never cooked with methi leaves before so this was my first time. Just fyi, I have to be in a zen state before I get cooking with first time ingredients so as not to mess up the recipe 😉

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

leaves of 2 bunches of methi

1 small onion chopped finely

1 cup of moong or urad dal soaked for 30 minutes in water

1/4 tsp of Asafoetida (hing)

1/2″ finely chopped ginger

3 finely chopped garlic cloves

1 slit green chili

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp lemon/lime juice

salt to taste

Directions:

Heat a pan add oil. Once the oil is hot add asafoetida (hing), chopped garlic, ginger and sliced green chili.

Add sliced onions and saute the onions for 1 minute until they turn soft.

Drain the water from soaked dal, add dal in the pan. Let the dal cook along with onion for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add turmeric powder and coriander powder. Give a stir and mix well.

Now add washed methi leaves or fenugreek leaves and stir.

Let the methi gets cooked for 2 minutes until it reduces in size.

Once methi starts shrinking add salt as per taste and sugar. Squeeze 1 tsp of lemon juice.

Mix well and let cook uncovered for 2 minutes.

Methi bhaji is ready to serve with phulkas, chapati or rice.

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Nachne Polle – Gluten Free Sweet Red Millet Flour Pancakes Recipe

29 Jul

According to my mum Polle/Pole/Polo in konkani is a sweet or savory pancake made of flour. I really do not know much history about the Goan polle/polo nor could I find any information online. Hopefully on my next trip to Goa I can get more information on less popular Goan recipes that are disappearing. Another on my wish list is “Shollio/sholorio“. I hope I have spelt it right….if not please correct it in the comment section below…Thanks!

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The nachne(millet in konkani) pole are almost red-black in color if you use the goan coconut jaggery but if you use the pale brown then it had a reddish-pink color. I do make these pancake often now since my husband and I enjoy them for breakfast and evening tea and it is gluten-free and vegan 🙂  . These pancakes are not fluffy but if you like them to be fluffy you can add about 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the batter. Growing up as a child we had a variations of the pancakes made for evening tea and some more homemade snacks. We ate boiled sweet potatoes, coconut stuffed pancakes called allebelle,  nankhatais, patolios, boiled taro, gorchem, bolo de rulao, bolinhos de coco, xiro, docebaji, plum-cake, atoll.

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Serving Size: 12 pancakes

Ingredients:

2 cup red millet/ragi/nachne flour

1 cup grated fresh coconut

3/4  cup grated jaggery

1.5-2 cups water or coconut milk (pancake batter consistency)

1/2 tsp of baking powder (optional if you do not like dense pancakes)

2 pinches of salt

Directions:

Mix the batter together till the jaggery mixes well and dissolves.

Heat a nonstick pan and pour approx 1/4 cup of the batter and let cook about 4 minutes on each side on medium heat.

Enjoy a nice healthy tea snack.

You can make in advance and store it in the refrigerator or the freezer. Just warm them up in the microwave before eating.

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Goan Guisado de Galinha – Chicken Stew Recipe

8 Jul

Guisado in portuguese means “stew”. This recipe is credited to the portuguese influence on Goan heritage. It is more of a chicken curry than a stew. My mom makes it often at our home. Since my dad loved potatoes, she always added some. In my recipe there is a little added heat from fresh green chilli as my mom says that it adds a nice fresh flavor to the curry. If you feel it has too much heat then substitute the red and green chilli with paprika.

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I may be wrong but based on my online search, in Portugal polvo(octopus) guisado is more popular than galhina(chicken). Also I found out that guisado is a very popular dish in south america with variations from each country.

Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

2 lbs of chicken (thighs, drumsticks with or without bones)

1 small onion chopped

1 small tomato chopped

5-6 garlic clove chopped

1″ ginger chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp red chilli powder

1 green chilli halved (optional)

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

1 dime sized tamarind

1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds

2 potatoes cleaned and quartered

1 cup of water

salt to taste

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Directions:

Clean, wash and apply salt, ginger and garlic to the chicken pieces and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.

Add the tamarind ball to the cup of water and let soak.

Heat oil in a pot add onions and saute till soft. Next add the green chilli, cumin, red chilli powder, turmeric and tomato and saute till the tomato softens.

Next add the chicken and saute for 4-5 minutes till well coated with the spices.

To this add tamarind water, cut potatoes and season with salt. Cover and cook on medium heat for 30-35 minutes. Check in between and stir.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or bread.

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Arroz Con Pollo Recipe – Indian Spices Inspired

27 May

Arroz which means rice in portuguese is a staple in Goa but the confusing fact is that when a Goan says they made arroz it means they made pulao. I had arroz con pollo only a couple of times but each one had a variation and as a home cook I wanted to make a recipe based on my taste. I do know that the Peruvian version uses cilantro and not all south american countries have the same recipe. Though the argument is that it first originated in Spain. To an Indian it’s more like a biryani pulao recipe. I have found that my kids enjoy my food experiment. Every time I come with something new they get excited and willing be my taste testers, while my husband on the other hand is more cautious and has a refined tongue not everything is a hit 😉

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Goan’s make arroz de camarao (shrimp/prawns),  arroz de verdura(vegetables) or Clam Pulao (arroz de mexilhão). The basic ingredients for making Pulao/Arroz is turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, onions, tomatoes, chicken or vegetable bouillon, bay leaf is optional. My recipe of arroz con pollo had a strong flavor of ginger, garlic, mint and cilantro. You can also use the same spice recipe to make a very aromatic curry for chicken, fish or meats.

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Serving Size: 8-10

Ingredients:

2-3 lbs of chicken thighs/ drumsticks

3 cups basmati rice

4 cups water or stock

2-3 chicken bouillon (according to preference)

4 tbsp of lemon or lime juice

salt to taste

Grind into paste

1 medium onion

1 medium tomato

5-7 cloves of garlic

1″ ginger

1 bunch of cilantro

8-12 leaves of mint

Dry Whole Spices

3″ cinnamon stick

8 whole cardamom

8 whole cloves

2 bay leaves

2  whole star anise

Directions:

Wash the chicken, apply salt and lemon juice and keep aside. Grind the wet ingredients and apply to the chicken. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Next heat oil add whole spices and till the oil is aromatic about 2-3 minutes while watching carefully on medium heat. Next add the marinated meat and saute for a couple of minutes. Check for seasoning. Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes. Check occasionally.

In most cases there should be a gravy about 1.5 to 2 cups approx. Now add the washed rice, water or stock and season the liquid with bouillon. Bring it to a boil, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15 minutes. Turn of heat and let stand for another 20 minutes.

Open the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.

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Variations:

You can use any meat of choice, shrimps or if you want to make a vegetarian version use soya nuggets

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Sticky Chicken 65

13 Nov

I came across a Chicken 65 Recipe online sometime last week. It brought back great memories from my college days. About that time it was just starting to surface on restaurant menu’s and parties and getting to be a popular appetizer. But it is always the first time when you like something that is the impression you remember. I have tried it a couple of times after I came to the US but there was always something amiss. It either was dry, lacked seasoning or sweetness. When I started to search for the recipe I was surprised to find that it was a popular street food in south Indian. My understanding for the longest time was an Indo-Chinese recipe. A cross between tandoori and chicken manchurian.

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The fried red chicken pieces is very distinctive of chicken 65. I do not recall ever making this recipe. Mind you, I started my cooking adventures at an early age of 9.  My first recipe being mixed vegetable soup and then experimenting with beef, prawns/shrimp and chicken and other types of soups. For a couple of years my Christmas gifts were cook books. Stuffed tomatoes, meat pies made with Maggie noodle as a base, Indo-Chinese recipes and desserts followed. I was fortunate to have a very supporting family who enjoyed my home cooked foods, specially my dad and brother.

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For any recipe that I cannot remember too well I tend to go by my memory of taste, texture and smell. Trying to search for the recipe for Chicken65 I could not find anyone that struck a chord. Going with my gut and the number of recipes I saw online this is my version knowing that I may be called out on the ingredients. The wise-nut that I am, I decide to appropriately name it as Sticky Chicken 65. These deep-fried puppies get tossed in a light sweet and sour gravy. They are served dry or wet but I like them wet. I have also replaced the artificial red food color with natural vegetable color (paprika and turmeric). My recipe also has no eggs and white flour. To soften and keep the meat moist the meat was marinated in plain yogurt.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

Marinade

1 lbs of boneless chicken meat diced in 1″ cubes

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1/8 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp of cumin powder

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

2 tbsp plain yogurt

1 tbsp of paprika

Salt to taste

Batter:

4 tbsp of cornflour

1 sprig of curry leaves

Sticky Sauce

1/3 cup of diced bell-pepper

1 tbsp of ginger-garlic paste

3-4 tbsp of ketchup

1/4 tsp of cornflour

1/3 cup water

salt to taste

Directions:

Wash the chicken, cut in 1 inch cubes. Apply ginger-garlic paste,pepper,turmeric, paprika, yogurt and salt. Marinate overnight if possible or 1-2 hours least.

Mix the cornflour to coat the pieces of meat. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the piece for 4-5 minutes till done. Drain on paper towel. Once done quickly fry the curry leaves and toss them with the deep-fried chicken pieces.

You can serve it dry or for a sticky coating follow the below steps.

Next heat another pan, saute the bell-pepper about a minute.

Next add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.

Then add the ketchup, cornflour, water and saute till the gravy thickens.

Finally toss in the fried chicken pieces and enjoy it hot.

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Bolo de Rulao – Batica

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This recipe has many names, Bolo ( “Cake” in Portuguese), Bolo de Rulao (Cream of wheat Cake) and Batica. It’s a poor men cake. This cake is more popular in the villages(town) then the city.

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Bolo de Rulao – Batica

Bolo de Rulao is made during Christmas along with the popular Doce (Garbanzo Coconut Bars), also as a gift from the bride’s household a day before the wedding to the grooms when her personal belongings, gift and the silent word dowry (shhh….) is sent to her future home and when Mother Mary’s statue visits devotees homes from the local church. It is called as Litany(Ladainha), where the rosary is recited as a community, the Litany is sang in Latin and Konkani and then home-made sweets are shared with some local alcohol and soda’s. Goa has the most number of Churches and Chapels then other states in India. I have fond memories of these celebrations growing up. I hope someday when we visit Goa with my kids we will get a chance to experience it one more time. You can watch a video on YouTube to better understand here.

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Batica has a Corn Bread texture and is a little dry. It is recommended to let the batter stand for 9-10 hours or overnight as the cake will be soft. A lot of online recipes use butter but the authentic version does no need butter. Butter or ghee is used only to line the pan so the cake does not stick.

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Servings: 9″ cake, 6-8 pieces

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Ingredients:

1 cup cream of wheat/ rava/ semolina

1 cup sugar white or brown

1 cup fresh / frozen grated coconut

7 eggs separated ( 7 yolks + 1/2 cup of whites)

8 cardamom seeds powered

1/2 tsp of baking powder

Butter to line the 9″ cake pan

Pinch of salt

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Ingredients

Directions:

* Toast the cream of wheat/semolina on a non-stick pan for approx 8-9 minutes on medium heat by constantly sauteing to remove the rawness and gives it a nice nutty and toasty texture. Keep aside to cool.

* In a mixing bowl whisk sugar, 7 yolks and 1/2 cup of egg white approx a cup, till it mixes well. Then add the grated coconut, mix and finally add the toasted cream of wheat. Mix, cover and let it stand for at-least 9-10 hours before you bake it.

* Set oven to 375F and add the baking powder, mix well. Pour the mixture in a 9″ cake pan that was lined with butter and bake it for 20-25 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.

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Bol de Rulao – Cream of Wheat Cake

Enjoy it with a nice hot cup of tea.

Moong(Mung) Dal Pudding with Coconut Milk (Gorchem)

4 Oct

In Goa the evening “Tea Time” is still very popular just like the “Siesta”, which is a break taken after lunch to catch up with a quick nap. Tea time in Goa is around 3 to 6pm. It’s usually consist of Tea and Biscuits, Cakes, or home-made sweets. Gorchem, is something I grew up with for tea time. Didn’t enjoy it much growing up but guess age and trying to be healthy makes you get wiser that some of the older cuisines were simple and had a better nutrition content. Guess this makes it a good reason for the new “paleo diet” to be a new fad.

Moong(Mung) Dal Pudding(Gorchem) or call it what you may, is a great gluten free or a lactose-free desert. Its quick and easy and can last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Moong-Dal Pudding Ingredients

Moong(Mung) Dal Pudding Ingredients

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup Moong(Mung) dal soaked overnight

1 1/2 cup water

2.8 oz raw sugar ( can be found in Spanish or Asian Stores)

1 Can Coconut Milk

5 Cardamom

1/3 cup roasted Cashews or nuts (optional)

Cook the soaked moong dal with water and a pinch of salt for 15 minutes covered on medium heat. then add coconut milk , crushed Cardamom, raw sugar, cashews and cook for another 15 minutes stirring occasionally till it thickens. Enjoy this great healthy desert.

Moon Dal Pudding (Gorchem as its called)

Moon Dal Pudding (Gorchem as its called)

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Experience Goa just like the locals

28 Sep

Wondering what to do if you ever decide to visit Goa. I’ll like to share with you what I look forward to doing every time I visit home (Goa). Through the years the list evolves for the tourist, but its the same for any goan who lives away and has missed home. The land is known for its Sun, Sand and Seafood or for its wine and song, which is true as the saying goes, if you throw a stone it will fall on a bar or a church. Goans as the locals are called, don’t need a reason to celebrate be it rain or shine but with all the  merry-making it is still considered the most peaceful place in India communally.

Goa is the Hawaii, for Indians. Very popular with the newlyweds from all parts of India and popular with the Europeans. The Euro stretches a long way in Goa then Hawaii where a gallon of milk  on an average cost $7.49. So cross over and experience the tropics.

1. Visit the beaches

Goa being a coastal state just like California has a coastline of 78 miles.The further north or south you travel the beaches are less crowded and cleaner. The Rich Aqua blue waters and the rustic white sandy beaches along with the warm tropical weather makes it a very scenic place to live or visit. Enjoy some great food on the “Shacks” which are wooden huts made with palm leave roofing. It couldn’t get any better than this.

Colva Beach, Goa

Colva Beach, Goa

2. Try the local foods

The local specialties which is hard to find in other parts of India are the Goan Sausages, Sorpatel made of pork, rice curry and fried fish, the local staple. Vindaloo a dish very popular in Goa and abroad and the freshest local seafood. Sweets like Bebinca made with coconut milk and eggs and flour, Dodol made with jaggery (raw sugar),coconut milk and wheat flour and Doce de Grao made from fresh grated coconut, gram dal and sugar.  These are just, to name a few.

Goan Sausages and its famous " Chorizo or Chouriço Pão" (Sausage Bread).

Goan Sausages and its famous ” Chorizo or Chouriço Pão” (Sausage Bread).

3. Try the local Spirits( Alcohols)

Goa has its own range of liquor, wine and beer. It’s not just called a party place for nothing. Popular wine is the Sweet Port Wine, influence of the Portuguese. Feni(Fenny) which is made from fermentation of the fruit of the cashew tree, while coconut feni is made from the sap of toddy palms. Try out Kingfisher or Arlem Beer a mild brew which are popular.

Kingfisher beer. Picture credit "phdrehabilitation.blogspot.com"

Kingfisher beer. Picture credit “phdrehabilitation.blogspot.com”

4. Visit churches

Most Churches built during the colonial period leave an everlasting impression on the visitors. Built during the 15th to 17th century they remain intact and still retain he old charm. Basilica of Bom Jesus Basilica, St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, Church of St Francis of Assisi, church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Holy Spirit Church and many more churches that offers a treat to your eyes with is architectural magnificence.

Holy Spirit Church in Margao, Goa is dated back in 1564-1675.

Holy Spirit Church in Margao, Goa is dated back in 1564-1675.

Basilica of Bom Jesus, final resting place of legendary Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier, who worked in Goa and achieved sainthood after his death.  Picture credit to "eagersnap.blogspot.com"

Basilica of Bom Jesus, final resting place of legendary Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier, who worked in Goa and achieved sainthood after his death.
Picture credit to “eagersnap.blogspot.com”

5. Markets

Local marketplaces and flea markets offer a good opportunity for bargain shoppers. One of the biggest marketplace in Goa is the Mapusa market place in North Goa and Margao down south. It’s a great experience to a street market and local foods.

Margao Market

Margao Market

6. Festivities

I always want to experience the excitement of the Goan festivity and so my travel is scheduled around Christmas or just before Lent, its carnival time. Every street and corner of the state is perfectly decked up to set the festive mood of locals as well as visitors. The celebration is marked with lots of drinking, feasting and merry-making. Experience the “Dances” they have during the festivity which is dancing through the night with great live music and good food. No picture can capture the liveliness of the moment.

Christmas in Goa. Picture credit "www.travelhangover.com"

Christmas in Goa. Picture credit “www.travelhangover.com”

This will be a trip that will be etched in you memory forever.

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