Monday, February 10, 2014

Goan Pumpkin Bebinca

The Goan bebinca is known the world over but if you are looking for a bebinca recipe that is not as sinfully rich as the real Goan bebinca made from a couple of dozens of egg yolks then you might like to try this pumpkin bebinca recipe.
Pumpkin Goan bebinca recipe

½ kg pumpkin
4 whole eggs
¼ kg maida/all-purpose flour
¾ kg sugar
1/2 Nutmeg, grated/powdered
salt to taste
Pure ghee for layering

  • Put the sugar in a vessel and add sufficient water to it till it is all just absorbed and all the sugar is just wet. 

  • Boil till all the sugar has dissolved and a syrup is formed.
  • Keep aside to cool.
  • Skin and cut pumpkin into 1 inch pieces.
  • Boil pumpkin with a little water and salt.(Pressure cook for about 5 whistles on simmer after the first whistle)
  • Evaporate water if any.
  • Mash the pumpkin. (I ground it in the mixer) 
  • Mix the pumpkin with the cooled (important!) sugar syrup, whole eggs, enough coconut juice & nutmeg. I used the electric beater for this.The resulting batter should have a pouring consistency as shown in the picture.
  • Bake in layers the first layer of the bebinca being made on the fire.
  • Drop a teaspoon of ghee in a pan and place on the stove on simmer.
  • Add a cup of batter and continue to cook on simmer.
  • When the edge gets browned, it is time to take it off the stove. You can also check by lifting the layer with a butter knife as shown in the picture.
  • Next put it under the grill for 10 to 15 minutes or so depending on your oven, checking regularly to make sure it doesn't not get overdone.
  • Add a teaspoon of ghee and using a teaspoon press down the layer just done.
  • Add a cup of batter for the next layer of the pumpkin bebinca.
  • Repeat layering with ghee and batter till all the batter is used up. 
Goan pumpkin bebinca recipe
  • Cut into slices and serve. Bon appetit!

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We strive to bring you the best of Goan recipes handed down from our mothers and grandmothers whether it is Goan sweets recipes, Goan dessert recipes, the famous Goan xacuti recipe, the vindaloo recipe, the sorpotel recipe and so much more... Enjoy making the best of Goan dishes to tickle your palate and there are so many other favourite recipes you can use as well. So happy cooking and... bon appetit!!