Coconut toffee is a popular Indian Christmas sweet. You need only 4 basic ingredients to make this yummy dessert- Coconut, semolina, sugar, and ghee. You can either flavor it with cardamom powder, rose extract or vanilla extract. Today I’ve used vanilla extract. In terms of texture, it is hard on the outside, due to the crystallization of sugar, but just melts in your mouth and all of that grated coconut gives a wonderful chewy texture.
Shankarpali is a sweet and crispy, deep-fried, diamond-shaped, Indian cookie. Since they are bite-sized they make a great snack. In fact, these are really hard to resist once you start munching on them.
Continuing with my series of traditional Goan Christmas sweets here on the blog, let’s talk about these diamond-shaped cookies! Shankapali is yet another treat that’s prepared during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Christmas. It also happens to be one of the things that are served in the Kuswar i.e Goan Christmas sweet platter distributed to family and friends. But really, these can be prepared any time of the year, for they are perfect to snack on if you aren’t counting calories 😀
Goan Neureos are deep-fried, flaky pastry stuffed with coconut & dried fruit filling. They are also known as Karanji in Maharashtra, sweet Somas in Tamil Nadu, Gujiya or Ghughra in North India. Somas usually also include gram dal, and Gujiyas have mava (milk solids) in the stuffing. Other than tiny variations from region to region in India, they are almost the same. These are made for festivals like Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali & Christmas. The crescent shape is redolent of an empanada. You can pretty much say these are an Indian version of empanadas.
Bebinca , also known as bebic, is a classic and popular Goan multi-layered dessert that features in most festivities, be it Christmas, Easter, weddings or Christenings. It is made using flour, egg yolks, sugar, butter, coconut milk, and nutmeg. Continue reading →
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 →