Channa Doss or Doce is a Goan sweet that requires very few ingredients but lot of patience and tremendous amount of stirring. Its fairly easy to make and the end result is one of the simplist sweets that still ends up getting consumed too soon.
Chana Doss Ingredients:
1 Cup Bengal Gram Dal
1 and a half cup scraped coconut
1 Cup Sugar
6 Pods of Cardamoms (Elaichi)
Pinch of Salt
Measure of the first three ingredients should be the same
Soak and Cook the Gram dal, then Grind the Gram and Coconut.
Once thats done, add 2 tablespoon of ghee to the vessel and heat it up. Add the ground channa dal and coconut first and start mixing them.
Once its mixed properly add sugar.
Blend the ingredients.
Now the stirring starts to mix all the three ingredients properly into a thick lump.
After stirring for a few minutes it turns slightly brown. Keep stirring.
When the mix begins to thicken add a pinch of salt to it. Continue to blend, and you will notice the difference in the mix. If it gets difficult to stir, it means you are doing a good job and your Doss will turn out to be perfect.
That also means you have to eep stirring. Add crushed elaichi to the mixture and stir again. The mixture collects together, so 2 tablespoons of ghee makes it a bit easier to stir. Keep the Doss mixture on the flame for a while, and don’t forget to stir it regularly. After 25-30 minutes, stirring would become extremely difficult as the mixture solidifies. Stir some more and then its time to remove the doss off the fire. Flatten the mixture with a spatula on a greased plate. You can use your hands as well to spread the mixture across the plate evenly. Smoothen the edges. Use a fork to make some design on the edges. This is how Doss would look. Wait for it to cool down.
Cut diamond shape pieces and Channa Doss is ready. Sometimes the Doss takes longer to harden and get the right whitish colour, so you can leave it overnight to dry and then serve. The above doss could have been on the fire for ten more minutes before taking off.