Soji / Vonn

Soji (in South Goa) and Vonn (in North Goa) is a traditional Goan sweet/dessert prepared during special occasions and festivals. I have grown up knowing it as soji in Salcete and mom prepares it specially for 'Santos Passos' during lent time, during São João along with few patoleos (as we prepare them again on 15th August). Soji/ Vonn is also prepared before weddings during the family lunch (or bhikra jevonn).
  • Passive
    2 Hours
  • Prep
    15 minutes
  • Cook
    25 minutes
  • Servings
    4 People

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Chana dal
  • 12 Cashew Nuts (or use fresh cashewnuts (Bhibhe))
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour
  • 3/4 cup Jaggery (Palm and cane jaggery mixed)
  • 1 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (I used canned coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder

Instructions

  • 1 Soak the cashewnuts and chana dal in water for atleast 2 hours.
  • 2 In a vessel, add the soaked dal and chashewnuts along with 3 cups water and salt. Boil it for about 15 minutes till the chana dal is cooked.
  • 3 As the dal cooks, in a small bowl add rice flour and mix it with 1/4 cup water to make a thick paste.
  • 4 Chop the jaggery.
  • 5 After the dal is cooked, add the jaggery. Bring it to a boil, stir till the jaggery dissolves.
  • 6 Add the coconut milk. Bring it to a boil.
  • 7 Lower the flame and slowly add the rice flour paste and keep stirring, the mixture gradually starts to thicken.
  • 8 Add the cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • 9 Soji / vonn is ready.
  • 10 Serve it warm or chilled! Enjoy!!!

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