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…

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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…

Bolinhas de Coco (Coconut & Semolina Cookies)

‘Bolinhas de Coco’ are small cookies, typical of Goan-Portuguese cuisine, that are crisp on the outside and soft within. These special cookies, referred to as Bolinhas (balls), Bolinhos (cookies) or even Bolinyas, are made with semolina and Coco, the Portuguese word for ‘Coconut’. The recipe is an unusual one, wherein the semolina and coconut dough…

Doodh Peda (Milk Peda)

Doodh Peda, also called Milk Peda, is a soft, fudge-like dessert that’s made to celebrate special occasions and festivals in India. Traditionally, these sweets are made using Mawa or Khoya (dried, evaporated milk). We’ve used Condensed Milk and Milk Powder to simplify the recipe and still give a delicious flavour. The Doodh Peda can be…