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…

Puran Poli (Sweet Flatbread)

Puran Poli is a traditional flatbread that’s stuffed with a mixture of cooked chana dal (Bengal Gram) and jaggery. Considered a rich festive treat, these sweet Puran Polis are served with dollops of melting ghee (clarified butter) and are usually made to celebrate festivals like ‘Holi’. The liquid in which the lentils are cooked is…

Alle Kaap (Ginger Barfi)

‘Alle Kaap’, ‘Ginger Barfi’ or ‘Allyachi Vadi’ is a traditional version of Ginger Candy in Goa and Maharashtra. Sugar, ghee, milk powder and fresh ginger form the base of our version of this delicious sweet, that’s easy and quick to make. The Alle Kaap seems sticky when cooked but hardens as it cools, turning into…

Mushroom Pattice / Mushroom Puffs

Mushroom Pattice, or Mushroom Puffs, are a very popular teatime snack in Goa. Spicy, savoury mushroom filling is enclosed in layers of buttery, flaky and crisp Puff Pastry. It’s believed that Cafe Central in Panjim offers customers the best puffs in all of Goa. But for anyone who’d like to relish this teatime snack at…

Easy to Make Puff Pastry Recipe

Here’s our easy to make Puff Pastry recipe that bakes into crispy, flaky layers filled with butter! It’s the perfect dough for Chicken Puffs, Vegetable Puffs, Egg Puffs and a host of other savoury snacks, as well as sweet treats. We always keep a batch of the dough handy for whenever we feel like baking. …

The Saucy Chicken

Tender chicken pieces stir-fried in a sticky sauce that’s hot, tangy, salty and sweet. This dish is a real explosion of flavour and perfect for a Saturday night treat! The chicken is marinated in a combination of store-cupboard ingredients for a quick, easy and filling meal. The credit for this delicious recipe goes to my…