Pineapple Sheera (Semolina Pudding)

‘Pineapple Sheera’ is a rich and decadent pudding made out of rawa (semolina), ghee (clarified butter) and pieces of sweet, tangy Ananas (Pineapple). Dry fruits are toasted in the ghee before being added to the pudding, making it a perfect traditional treat that’s often relished in Goan households. The Sheera is too special to be…

Lamb Sorpotel

Sorpotel, ‘Sarpatel’ or ‘Sarapatel’ is one of the most popular curries of Indo-Portuguese origin. It is a fiery-red Sorpotel is tangy, spicy and sweet all at the same time. In the olden days, pig rearing was a common practice in Goan villages. Every ingredient and source of food was cherished and the people believed in…

Easter Bunny Bread

The festival of Easter is most famously linked with the traditional ‘Hot Cross Bun’- a rich, aromatic and flavourful bread that’s filled with dry fruits and decorated with a Cross on the top. We’ve adapted our favourite Hot Cross Bun recipe to make ‘Easter Bunny Bread’ that’s as sweet to taste as it is adorable!…

Pais (Rice Pudding)

‘Pais’ or ‘Rice Pudding’ is a thick, creamy and fragrant dessert that’s often made to celebrate festivals in Goa. It is traditionally flavoured with pieces of Turmeric (Haldi) leaf and is relished either warm or cold. In the northern parts of India, the rice pudding is called ‘Firni’ or ‘Phirni’ while further south, the pudding…

Gulab Shrikhand

Thick sweetened curds are flavoured with a fragrant jewel-coloured Rose syrup to make this exotic dessert. We’ve used a Rose concentrate called ‘Rooh Afza’ (Persian for ‘one that enhances the spirit and lifts the soul’) to make this delightful pink Shrikhand. Adding notes of ‘Gulab’ or Rose flavour to an otherwise traditional Indian dessert gives…

Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand

Thick sweetened curd flavoured with Saffron and Cardamom is a popular dessert offered to the Gods on many festive occasions in India. ‘Shrikhand’, as the dessert is traditionally known, is served in dollops with deep-fried circles of crispy dough or ‘Pooris’. As children, we often snuck in spoonfuls of Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand straight from the…

Amrakhand/Mango Shrikhand

‘Amrakhand’ is a delicious summer dessert that makes the most of the season’s sweet mangoes. Traditionally, fresh mango pulp is added to thick sweetened yoghurt that has been strained of its whey overnight. We’ve used a fabulous short-cut to whip up Instant Amrakhand in just ten minutes, ready to be served in all its fruity…

Almond Tart Shells

Almond Tart Shells are made of three simple ingredients within just an hour. They contain absolutely no flour and are a great gluten-free alternative to regular tart crusts. These versatile Almond Tart Shells can be used to make desserts with baked fillings (like jam tarts or mini pies). They are also ideal for being filled with…

Candied Oranges

‘Candied Oranges’ are translucent fruit slices that have been caramelised in thick sugar syrup and are bursting with flavour! They are a reminder of Christmas flavours and are perfect as a treat on their own or even when added to other sweets! ‘Purument karun davarap’ (to preserve) is an important pre-monsoon ritual in Goa. Special…

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Candied Oranges is a simple dessert that looks stunning and is perfect for a special teatime treat. We’ve scaled down a basic vanilla sponge to make this 4-inch round mini lemon drizzle cake that’s wonderfully tangy. A simple lemon glaze covers the top of the cake while candied oranges add another dimension…

Ansache Mel (Pineapple Jam)

Pieces of fragrant and ripe Pineapple simmer in a thick sugar syrup to form a delicious golden jam.  ‘Mel’, the Portuguese word for ‘honey’, aptly describes this aromatic Pineapple Jam or Ananas Jam. A spoonful of it is like a burst of summer flavours! Whether spread across buttered toast, added to chilled milk or savoured…

Sungtache Lonche ( Prawn Pickle)

‘Sungtache Lonche’ or Prawn Pickle is traditional Goan pickle made with small or medium-sized prawns cooked in a perfect blend of spices. This wonderful recipe comes from my mom Kamakshi and has been a family favourite for many years. The prawn pickle is easy to put together and is a great accompaniment to any meal. It…