From Grandma’s Kitchen: Manganem

Manganem is a Goan Bengal gram dal sweet. It is similar to ‘kheer’ – a famous Indian dessert.


½ cup Bengal gram dal/ chana dal

¼ cup sabudana / sago/ tapioca pearls

½ cup jaggery (grated)

½ cup coconut milk

15 cashewnuts (chopped)

10 raisins

1 tbsp ghee

½ cup water



Put the chana dal in a pressure cooker along with ½ cup water. Wait for 1-3 whistles depending on when they are cooked. Don’t overcook. Drain the water.

Roast the raisins and cashewnuts in ghee. Keep aside.

In a heavy-bottomed pan put in the chana dal, sabudana, jaggery, and coconut milk.  Cook for 15-20 minutes until everything thickens and the sabudana is cooked. Use water if required.

Add the cashewnuts and raisins.

Enjoy this festive sweet hot or chilled.