How to make Dhondus -

An unusual sweet of cucumber and rice semolina.

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Cucumber (खीरा), Rice (चावल)

Cuisine : Goan

Course : Desserts

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Dhondus

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Goa's 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West that is at once exotic and strangely familiar.  The various influences have made the Goan cuisine an interesting blend of tastes as a result of which it has a phenomenal repertoire of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.  Though the recipes and techniques of the two major communities – Hindu and Christian – are different but as a rule the cuisine that comes under the umbrella of Goan is simple but chilli hot and spicy. Traditionally the food is cooked on wood fires in clay pots that are fired by the village potter. Though in the modern times, quite a few Goans have had to leave their land in search of greener pastures, they still get homesick for the smoky flavour of the fish curry and rice that get their distinct taste being cooked in crowded sweaty, smoky kitchens in earthenware pots over wood fires.      

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Dhondus Recipe

  • Cucumber 1 large size

  • Rice 1 cup

  • Peanuts (optional) 1/2 cup

  • Salt a pinch

  • Jaggery (gur) grated 1 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoon

  • Ghee as required

Method

Step 1

Wash rice and drain. Dry the rice by spreading it on a towel. Dry roast the rice and grind coarsely to resemble semolina (rava). Lightly roast and grind the peanuts coarsely. Peel, halve, de-seed and grate cucumber.

Step 2

Squeeze out excess water. Reserve the cucumber juice. Add reserved cucumber juice to grated cucumber. Cook on low heat with a pinch of salt. When done, add rice rava and continue cooking till it begins to leave the sides of the pan.

Step 3

Squeeze out excess water. Reserve the cucumber juice. Add reserved cucumber juice to grated cucumber. Cook on low heat with a pinch of salt. When done, add rice rava and continue cooking till it begins to leave the sides of the pan. Add grated jaggery. Once the mixture becomes thick, add the coarsely ground peanuts and green cardamom powder.

Step 4

Mix well. Pour onto a greased thali and let it set. When quite cool, bake in the preheated oven or on a tava till both sides are golden brown. Cut into pieces and serve with pure ghee.

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