This week I’d like to share how life can be compared to making BAATH*. Baath is a traditional Goan delicacy made during special occasions especially Easter & Christmas. In simple words, it’s a melting in the mouth yummy semolina & coconut cake. You have just got to try it ! I got a chance to enjoy it when a friend recently offered me some as we stopped by her place on Easter. I have yet to make the baath but with her permission, I’m sharing the recipe with you. 🙂 Enjoy!
BAATH (COCONUT & SEMOLINA CAKE)
500 gms Semolina (Rawa)
2 freshly scraped Coconut
4 cups Powdered Sugar
½ tsp. Baking pwd.
8 tbsps.Unsalted Butter
½ tsp. Salt
Rose water (as reqd)
Blend scraped coconut with some rose water in a blender/grinder to a paste.
Beat eggs in a large bowl, add sugar and butter and beat till fluffy.
Then add semolina and mix well. Blend in coconut paste. Add salt and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
Cover & keep the batter for 12 hours/ overnight. If after rising, the batter is stiff, add some milk to achieve the desired consistency. Mix well.
Transfer the batter into a greased & lined baking tray/glass dish.
Pre-heat oven to 165C & place the tray at the centre of the oven.
Bake for 35- 40 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool thoroughly. Slice the baath & enjoy.
– Courtesy: Angela Benjamin
1) The Baath has got many varied ingredients, each on its own may not taste good but when added at the right time, in the proper way and in the right amounts, it results in a delicious cake, similarly our life is also comprised of many individual ingredients and each is necessary in its proper amount and way in order to make our life a wholesome & enjoyable experience.
2) Just like the baath batter needs to be kept overnight to soften for the fermentation to take place, similarly in our life, we may have to wait patiently for the results of our hard work.
3) We need to check the baath in between to ensure that it is cooked to perfection (neither undercooked nor overcooked). In life too, we need to often stop and take stock of what exactly we are doing & what detours/ improvements we may need to make.
4) When it cools, we slice the baath & enjoy it. Even in life there can be no greater joy than sharing what we have with others.
Nugget of Life : Let us live life in such a manner that we could say along with Margaret Anderson : “ Life for me has been exactly what I thought it would be, a cake, which I have eaten and had too.”
Have a delicious week!