Guava cheese (Perad)

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Guava cheese is a one of the most commonly prepared sweets in most Catholic households for Christmas. It is chewy and yet a melt in the mouth kind of fudge if prepared correctly. It is known as Perad in Goa.

Few basic ingredients go into the making of Guava cheese i.e guava, sugar, lemon juice & butter. The short list of ingredients are compensated for the lengthy procedure. But that end result definitely makes it worth the effort. These will disappear faster than the total time it will take you to prepare them. At least I can easily gobble 4-5 in one go 😀 They are extremely addictive. Continue reading →

Doce de grão ( Gram sweet)

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Hello folks!

How is everyone? How are your holiday preps coming along? Today I have another classic Goan sweet to share with you’ll.  ‘Doce’ and ‘grão’ means ‘sweet’ and ‘grain/bean’ in Portuguese. This is almost like a fudge, made of chana dal ( split Bengal gram) , freshly grated coconut, sugar and flavored with cardamom. It is quite a tedious and time consuming dessert, but the results are so worth it! I promise! Continue reading →


Goan Jackfruit sandon ( steamed Jackfruit rice cake )

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The Konkan region and southern India are blessed with an abundance of jackfruits! The jackfruit has a distinct aroma and a sweet taste. It comes in 2 varieties, one is hard called kappa  and the other is the soft variety called rassal. I prefer the later simply coz when it’s ripe it just melts in the mouth. A lot of people irk at the very mention of the word jackfruit, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s taste is something that has to be acquired. I have been enjoying this exotic fruit every summer vacations spent in Goa, and so I love it ever since I was a child! Continue reading →

Kesar peda (Saffron infused Indian milk fudge)

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Pedas are basically an Indian milk fudge, prepared from mava/khoya ( milk solids) and sugar, mostly flavored with cardamom. There are so many different kind of pedas such as malai peda, chocolate peda, mango peda, mawa peda, Mathura peda so forth and so on. Basically you can add your own flavors and make your own unique flavored peda. Today, I’d like to share one of my favorites- Kesar peda. Continue reading →

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