I am always looking for quick tasty recipes. Life around us is always a buzz, time is scares, precious and we try to do the maximum in a day. There are so many things I want to do and there is so much to learn in life. I have often the feeling I am missing out on many things in life, that’s why I don’t like to waste time. So logical solutions are always welcome to improve and manage my life.
Actually by now I should have unlearned the hassle in live, for I am living in one of the most unpredictable places in the world. If the next minutes and hours are difficult to foresee, then how can one follow the straight clear organized path? India is a place where u have to know how to handle hurdles and how to accept that sometimes you just have to wait. You have to be prepared too for unexpected situations, because anything is possible.The best way to experience that is when sitting in a taxi the first time in India. A french man, who was traveling with an Enfield through India, told me once that you have to flow like a fish in a river and be sharp like an eagle. I totally understand what he means, cause if you try to follow the western rules on the road in India, I guarantee that you ll have an accident. There are many things on the roads dogs, cows, chicken, pigs, goats and some careless fools. So you understand, here it is all about using your senses, the “remembering rules like in Europe” way doesn’t work. In the western worlds life is organized, easy to manage but also full of regulations. We give our freedom in exchange of security and a smooth running life. All my life in Europe I did experience only once a power shut down, and then too only for 2 minutes. In Goa its happening everyday, any time and while I am writing, it just happened again ( I am serious!).
Coming back to food ( power returned, yuhuu!). My plan for today’s day, was to post a delicious, easy and quick to prepare dessert dish. My husband is the master of this dish and he is the one who introduced me to it. Its a traditional Indian recipe which is cooked and enjoyed throughout the country. It is mostly know as soji, in Goa they would spell it soege. Soji is a semolina cake/pudding which is prepared in a pan over hot fire, and traditionally served on a banana leaf (without the plate). No baking is involved, who has an oven here around anyways? I am sharing with you the basic recipe because I like it simpler and without extras. If you want, you can always add in scraped coconuts or almonds or even food colores to give it all an other dimension. Be creative, try out some flavour ideas for this dish, and share it with us here!
(Da** the electricity is gone again!)
Soji – Serves 2
100 g Semolina
60g Ghee (clarified Butter)
200 ml Milk
30 g Sugar
4 drops Vanilla Essence
Take out your non stick frying pan and heat it on low fire up. Add the Semolina into the pan and stir fry till you see a light colore change towards golden brown. Don’t burn it!
Now mix in the ghee and continuously stir fry till it gets all together thicker. Continue by adding in the milk (first half the amount), the sugar and the vanilla essence. Don’t forget to keep on stirring while it is all cooking and add in the rest of the milk once it is all getting thicker. The Semolina dish should be sticky and a bit dry.
Serve it warm, that’s when it tastes the best. The semolina hardens fast, if kept standing for longer, and the experience might be not the same.