Goan Rhapsody

August 6, 2008

This Friendship’s Day, I tried making one of my favourite sweet dishes – Bebinca. Its a Goan speciality and is really tasty. But it takes quite some time to make, so attempt at leisure.

Ingredients: (serves 10 people)
250 gms plain Flour (Maida)
700 ml thick Coconut milk / cream
Ground Nutmeg powder -1 tspoon
Ground Cinammon powder -1 tspoon
200 ml ghee / Hydrogenated fat
1/2 kg Sugar
Salt – 1 tspoon.
¼ cup water if required
Cake mixture:
Mix the coconut milk and sugar together and stir till the sugar is completely dissolved
To the flour add the coconut milk, salt, nutmeg and cinammon
In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks till creamy
Add the eggs to the flour and mix well, making sure that no lumps are left
If the cake mixture does not seem smooth enough, a maximum of a ¼ cup of water can be added
Heat a pan on the fire till smoking
Add 1 cup of the cake mixture and swirl around till it looks like a thick omelette
Cook over a low fire, swirling the pan frequently till cooked and fairly dry on top
Transfer to oven and let it cook slowly till browned on top
Remove from oven add a tablespoon of ghee and 1 more layer of the cake mixture
Return to oven and grill till brown
Repeat this procedure till all cake mixture is finished
When it has cooled slightly, the cake will shrink from the sides of the pan
Invert slowly on to a serving dish
The top should be a nice toasted brown colour
Serve hot or cold. Both taste delicious.

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