A favourite Goan sweet – rice halwa
750 gm raw Goa rice
10 large coconuts
2 ½ kg coconut jaggery
2 tbsp sugar
Salt to taste
200 gm cashew nuts, chopped
Grind the rice or powder it and blend it with a little water or coconut juice and keep aside. Grate and grind the coconuts coarsely. Extract about one and half litres of thick coconut juice and around 8 litres thin juice. Keep the thin coconut juice on the fire, preferably in a large copper vessel, and bring to the boil stirring continuously. Add the rice mixture, a little at a time, continuously stirring. Let it boil for around 2 hours. Add coconut jaggery and sugar and salt and continue stirring. When the mixture begins to thicken, add the coconut juice.
The dodol will start leaving the sides of the pan when it is done. Pour into an aluminum or stainless steel container. Decorate with chopped cashew nuts. Serve sliced.