As much as the sun and the sands lure you to the golden beaches of Goa, so does the coastal aroma and the perfect amalgamation of Portuguese cuisine and local ingredients.
I have travelled quite a number of beaches along the Northern and Southern hemispheres..still, I hold the beaches of Goa close to my heart. The reason, the vegetarian food variety to choose from is abominable. When it is a coastal cuisine, there definitely is coconuts that run in your head. So this was the reason to choose the famous Alle bele, coconut crepe rolls, from the Goan cuisine for the Shhhh cooking challenge.
It all fell into place when AmritaIyer of The Food Samaritan, chose the secret ingredients as flour and sugar. I couldn’t think beyond the lace-like crepe filled with the sticky caramelly sweet coconut to partner up with a cup of warm green tea for a perfect evening.
Moving away from the traditional the only difference I have made is the sugar instead of the coconut jaggery. I have tasted Alle bele with coconut jaggery when my mom made it when we were small. I remember it being drizzled with honey..but can’t remember beyond.
If you can get your hands on some coconut jaggery don’t miss the opportunity to add that, for that will give the perfect aroma and mild sweetness that it amply deserves.
Over and again I do a lot of snacks than perfect mains as we do feel its healthier to eat smaller meals than one large one. In this case, the evening tea and afterschool snack play an important role. Alle bele, therefore, is a perfect afterschool treat for the hungry tummies and a wonderful sweet teatime for the adults.
So on with the recipe, we go as you scroll down.
Meanwhile, we have one more from the Goan cuisine, laden with beans for you to try
Do leave your comments and thoughts here or on our Instagram account @mildlyindian.
Keep in touch …and enjoy the recipe