“Christmas comes but once a year
now it’s here, now it’s here
Bringing lots of joy and cheer”
Tis the season to be jolly as we make way for traditional Christmas sweets. The entire platter of Christmas sweets is known as ‘Kuswar‘ in Konkani which includes little portions of all the sweets that are distributed among friends and relatives during Christmas. Most of us are into buying the packed sweets that flock the market during this holiday month; however there are traditional recipes available all over the internet to experiment a few. Out of the many high end sweets available these are very easy and quick to make.
Most of these sweets involve coconut as a primary ingredient since the recipes hail from the Portuguese who handed over their traditional recipes to the people in Goa. The wave of sweetness spread across the entire region and most of these sweets became a Christmas favourite in every household.
It is a traditional cake recipe made of coconut and semolina. You can swap fresh coconut with desiccated since the fresh one needs to be consumed within 3 days. The cake is a warm and fluffy beige result with a golden brown crust.
It is also known as bibik or bebinka and is a type of traditional Goan pudding that has around 16 layers! It is made of plain flour, sugar, clarified butter, egg yolk and coconut milk. It is usually served warm with a scoop of cold ice cream. It can be eaten fresh or preserved for a long time.
Kulkul forms an integral part of this hearty galore. Introduced by the Portuguese in India, it is a crispy deep fried snack dusted with sugar.
It is also known as Channa Dosh since it is made of gram flour. This Christmas delicacy is a favorite and requires a lot of patience and tremendous stirring. With fairly available ingredients like Gram flour, coconut and sugar, Dosh is an easy to make recipe. Make sure you give it a try since it is very delicious and not available on a commercial scale.
It is a legendary Christmas sweet that is the ultimate favorite among all. With a firm jelly like texture, Dodol is full of flavour that just melts in your mouth. It is made of Ragi or Nachni along with coconut and palm jaggery. This classic sweet is popular in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries as well.
This is a popular evening tea-time delight that simply crumbles in your mouth. It is made if coconut, semolina and sugar baked to golden brown perfection.
It is a cylindrical form of sweet made by toasting rice, black jaggery and coconut. The mold is rolled into mini croquettes or sausages and taste absolutely delicious.
These are little flower bud cookies that are fried crisp till golden brown and serve to be a great snack. Kormola is made of refined flour, sugar, water and vanilla essence. the procedure may seem difficult at first, but once you get a hold of it, you can give your own artistic touch.
It is ideally made of almond paste, but the Indian recipe includes cashew nut paste. It is made of cashew powder, sugar, egg white and rosewater that is knead in all sorts of shapes and designs. You can use food coloring to try out some creativity here.
Christmas Fruit/Rum Cake
It is a cured dish which is best when made before hand. This traditional Christmas cake is made by soaking dry fruits in rum for a few days which are later added to the cake mix. The cake needs to be prepared a couple of days in advance and fed alcohol at intervals. The result is extremely delectable.
So go ahead and give these traditional Christmas recipes a try and pat yourself when you get a glorious outcome. Free Press Journal wishes all our readers a Merry Christmas!