In many Goan Catholic families, Alle Balle is served as a Teatime snack. These delicious pancakes are stuffed with coconut and palm jaggery. Try it!
Mooga Kann is also called Mooga Conn or Kann. Conn is made using moong, jaggery and coconut milk.
Kann can also be made using palm jaggery but I use regular jaggery.
One of my colleagues kept telling the another “Kann Had” meaning Bring Kann. I asked what Kann was as it was new to me. There were peals of laughter and a lot of leg-pulling because I did not know but the next lunch we had they ordered Kann.
I loved The Mooga Kann and had 2 glasses!
Swati has set us chasing Green Bean or Moong Recipes this Foodie Monday BlogHop named #221 Moong Magic.
I was at a loss as to what to make as I have made the regular bean curry and usal too often this month. So I know if I as much as utter the word “Mung” hubby will head to the nearest restaurant and Kiddo, of course, will be too happy.
Suddenly I saw a message from my ex-colleague and friend Shanta with a lunch invite in the Office. The tube lit up like a lighthouse… I asked her for the recipe of Kann.
So what is Mooga Kann? Is it same or different from Godshe?
Godshe or Godshem literally means sweet in Konkani. Godshem is a Pudding with rice and moong cooked in thin coconut milk and sweetened with palm jaggery. Check it out here.
The ingredients you need for Conn
Whole Moong Beans: Green mung bean or sabut moong is used to make Kann.
Jaggery: Use regular Jaggery, organic jaggery or palm jaggery.
Coconut Milk: You need both the thin and thick coconut milk. I have used a packet of Homemade Coconut Milk and watered it down to make my thin coconut milk.
Turmeric leaf or Cardamom: use any one of the flavouring agents. Turmeric leaf is traditionally used, even a dried one is fine.
Salt: use salt if you feel the need. Since I have cut down on salt I have not used though I have listed it and mentioned where to add. I did not miss it.
Cashew nuts: No Goan dish is complete without “biya”. Add them to your Kann.
Let us get down to making Kann
The process involves roasting the moong bean on low flame till you get a delicious aroma and the colour of the bean changes.
Cool the beans then pulse them just once or twice in the mixer. At this point, I did wonder why use the whole mung why not use the split chilke wali dal? Maybe next time I will, knowing myself I most probably will do just this.
Anyway, now you have 2 options cook the moong in water or in thin coconut milk. Obviously the thin coconut milk one will be more delicious. In case you have turmeric leaves add it. The aroma is great and it is the traditional way of making Mooga Kann.
Once cooked add the jaggery and bring to boil. Again you can use the regular cane jaggery or the palm jaggery. The palm jaggery makes your dish blackish but is considered healthier. Once the jaggery dissolves add the rest of the coconut milk. Once it comes to a boil switch off the gas.
The hot Mooga Conn tastes amazing! Try it!!
You can also chill Conn a little, the coconut milk thickens and forms a layer on top. Like I told Sujata that I have kept it in the fridge to chill a little but I had no time to eat it for 2 days. Finally, when I had it I warmed it a bit. The Kann thickens a bit after cooling.
Mooga Kann, Vegan Dessert from Goa
- chutney jar of mixer/blender
- Spoons and Ladles
- 1 cup moong
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup jaggery
- Turmeric leaf optional
- A pinch of salt
- A few cashew nuts
- In a pan dry roast the moong till you get a delicious aroma or the moong changes colour.
- Let the moong cool then pulse it 2 times in the chutney pot of the mixer.
- Add the pulsed moong in the pan, add the water and about ½ cup of coconut milk, turmeric leaf if using.
- Cook till the moong is cooked fully.
- Add the jaggery and cashew nuts cook till the jaggery dissolves.
- Once the jaggery dissolves add the salt and the rest of the coconut milk.
- Remove the turmeric leaf and serve hot.
- Cool it a little and serve it too.
Other Sweet Deliciaies from Goa that may interest you
- M for Mangane
- Sweet Potato Ravioli or Kanga che Nevri
- Alle Belle| Goan Coconut and Palm Jaggery Pancakes
- Goan Kanga che Kheer|Sweet Potato Pudding
- Nachni-che-Satv or Ragi Pudding, A Goan Delicacy
- Usali the Goan Way of including Sprouts
- Sprouted Moong~Diabetics Friendly
- Mooga Gathi alias Sprouted Mung The Goan Way
- Moong Dal,Urid Dal Paddu
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