goan nevris


Ingredients (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)

for the outer pastry:

1 cup whole wheat flour/atta

1.5 tablespoons ghee or oil

¼ to ⅓ cup water or add as required

¼ teaspoon salt

for the stuffing:

1 tablespoon ghee or oil

1 cup freshly grated coconut

½ cup + 2 tablespoon grated jaggery

½ teaspoon cardamom powder

7 to 8 cashews, chopped finely

19 to 20 golden raisins or 1 tablespoon of golden raisins, chopped finely

how to make the recipe:

for the outer pastry of nevris:

mix 1 cup of whole wheat flour with ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl. keep aside.

heat 1.5 tablespoons ghee/oil in a small pan or tadka pan.

add the hot ghee/oil to the flour+salt mixture.

just allow the ghee/oil to cool if using your fingers, else you might burn them. rub the melted ghee in the flour, with your fingers. the flour should have a bread crumb like texture.

then add ¼ cup water and begin to knead the dough. add more water if required while kneading the dough.

knead to a smooth dough.

the dough should be neither too soft nor too thick. wrap the dough with a damp muslin or cotton cloth and allow to rest for 10 to 12 minutes.

preparing the stuffing for the nevris:

in a pan, melt 1 tablespoon ghee.

add 1 cup of fresh grated coconut.

stir and saute the coconut for 2 minutes on low heat.

add the chopped cashews and raisins.

now add ½ cup + 2 tablespoon of grated jaggery.

stir well and saute the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes on low flame.

don’t saute the jaggery for a long time, just mix well.

switch off the gas and sprinkle ½ teaspoon cardamom powder.

transfer the mixture to a plate. allow the mixture to come to room temperature.

assembling and preparing nevris:

uncover the dough. knead the dough again. then roll and form into a log..

cut the log in equal slices.

roll each dough piece between the palms of your hands and then gently flatten into a round or oval shape. just ensure the balls have no cracks in them. i got 7 balls from the dough.

dust some flour over it.

roll the dough round in 4 to 5 inches diameter circle.

similarly roll all the dough balls into thin circle of almost same size and thickness.

brush some water towards the edges of the nevris.

place 1 tablespoon or 2 to 3 teaspoons of the stuffing in the center or on one side of the circle, keeping the edges empty. make sure you don't over stuff as then it becomes difficult to shape the nevris. they may also break while frying.

fold from one side. seal the edges properly.

now with your fingertips, start pinching and pleating the pressed edges.

keep on pleating till you come to the end.

seal the end carefully with a pleat. just ensure the edges are sealed properly else they might break while frying.

make all nevris this way. keep the prepared nevris covered with a moist kitchen towel, so that they dough does not dry out.

heat 2 to 3 cups of oil in a pan.

once oil is hot, deep fry 1 to 2 nevris at a time depending upon the size of pan or kadai..

once one side is crisp and golden then flip the nevris and deep fry the other side until golden brown. flip once or twice for even browning and cooking.

place the nevris on kitchen paper towels or napkin, to absorb excess oil if any.

once nevris come at room temperature, store them in an air-tight container. you could also keep them in the fridge.

you can serve goan nevris warm or at room temperature.