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Monday, September 17, 2012

Alyache Dhoss / Ale Dos (Mangalorean Ginger Preserve)

A few years ago I never thought in my wildest dreams that someday I would try my hand at making Alyache Dhoss - a traditional Mangalorean ginger preserve that I had grown up to love. Thanks to blogging and my passion to preserve our culinary heritage, I finally converted this dream into reality. Making this preserve is considered to be one of the hardest (in terms of complexity) among the whole range of Mangalorean foods. However, I believe that it has a lot to do with patience and passion than with complexity. One must be able to pick up this skill at a young age and have the will to complete the task from start to finish. 


Our grandmothers had this innate quality to do just that - maybe that stems from the quality of being a nurturer to the usually large brood of kids they took care of and brought up lovingly in those days. It also meant taking care of their nutritional needs without dipping too much the meager earnings of their husbands. This need ensured that almost everything that grew in their yards was put to use in the best possible way. Pickles, preserves, wines, jams & poppadoms with no commercial price tag made their way into the kitchen larder and lasted the whole year through with no added preservatives or the bare minimum that were again natural. Such was their lifestyle and healthy eating habits that kept families hale and hearty - much more than today's generation. 

I guess every one of us knows at least one of two women in Mangalore who have this burning passion to make preserves of all types. Home cooks who double up as pickle/preserve makers during the season. While some of them make it out of passion and distribute the fruit of their labour amongst friends and family, the others make it to support their income. During my growing up years, I knew of a lady in my lane - Ms. Elize who would make the best shredded mango pickle (kosrache lonche), grape and ginger wines and of course the good ol' ginger preserve. I freaked out on the taste the first time I tasted it and loved the mild spiciness of the ginger that burnt my throat and the delicately sweet sugar syrup that followed to sooth it. Yum yum yum! 

I don't need to elaborate on the health benefits of ginger, but this humble root that is native to India and China is used in a lot of forms - whole root -fresh & dried, powdered, preserved, crystallized and pickled. It is known for its medicinal benefits especially as a digestive aid, treatment for nausea resulting from motion sickness and morning sickness. It has anit-inflammatory properties and may help relieve pain from arthritis, rheumatism and muscle cramps. Ginger tea is used in home remedies for colds, cough and the flu.


I don't really recall if my grandma made the dhoss although she is a big expert at making pickles - I need to get her recipes next. But what a delight it was for me when I got married and met Aunty Jessie who is another expert at making all the above mentioned goodies the whole year through. Since I was so in love with the dhoss that she makes I asked her the recipe to make it and she was kind enough to give me the instructions. This was before the blog was born and I somehow lost the recipe in my archives. However, since I continued to receive my annual quota of a nice bottle of dhoss from her I did not attempt to search for the recipe or to make it myself all these years (I never thought I could make it since I was never the jams and pickles person anyways). 

This year Roshan and I decided that we had to give homemade dhoss a shot. The basic requirement for this is very new/tender ginger that is available during the first harvest right after the monsoons. This ginger looks very pale with just a delicate film of skin. Tender ginger is the one which has no fibre in it and hence it is best sourced between the last week of August and the first week of September. If you are keen to make it right away, try sourcing it before the 20th of this month - you may just be lucky. 

We sourced it from Mangalore and it came in just last week after which we set to work. 


Although the process is lengthy, the result is absolutely amazing. Our whole house was filled with the warm and sweet aroma of the ginger married to the sugar. The tender ginger has stewed so well in the sugar syrup that it gives out amazing taste aroma with a very very mild aftertaste of caramel - well, no, its not the taste of burnt sugar/caramel but of sugar that has cooked well. The addition of lime juice gives it a lovely flavour and helps prevent the sugar syrup from crystallizing. 

You can make a jam out of this if you chop the ginger really fine - the cooking time will reduce too. Try it, it tastes amazing when spread over chapathis!


I am so happy that this recipe helped me recreate the memories of my childhood. I am even more pleased that it tastes as good as the dhoss that Aunty Jessie makes as lovingly sends for me every time. A big thank you to my sister-in-law Raina Castelino for taking the trouble to source the ginger & parcel it to me right in time and her mum-in-law Aunty Jessie Castelino for her lovely recipe and her patience to clarify all my doubts when I set out to make it. I know this sounds like a speech, but this would not have happened without your help!

Alyache Dhoss / Ale Dos (Mangalorean Ginger Preserve)
Prep time: 30 - 40 mins | Soaking time: 2-3 days | Cooking time: 2-1/2 - 3 hours * see note#4

You Need:
  • 1 kg very tender (new) ginger * see note#1
  • 1 kg sugar * see note#2
  • approx 1 litre water * see note#3
  • 1 egg
  • juice of 1 lime
You will also need
  • a clean muslin cloth
  • a sterilized glass jar/canister (approx 1.5 litres) or multiple smaller glass jars
Method:
1. Wash the ginger thoroughly to remove any traces of mud, wipe with a cloth and gently scrape off the peel/skin. Poke each piece of ginger with a fork or a clean unused hair pin (U pin) - take care not to tear the flesh of very tender ginger. The more you poke the better it will stew in the sugar syrup and taste sweet.
2. Soak the ginger in sufficient water to cover it and keep aside. Change this water twice a day (morning & evening) for two days.


3. On the third day, drain off the water and place the ginger in a pressure cooker and add enough water up to  1 inch above the level of the ginger. Cover the lid, place the weight (whistle) and pressure cook on a full flame till the first whistle goes off. Reduce the flame to sim and continue to cook for another 30 minutes. Turn off the flame, allow the cooker to cool off to room temperature. Open and stir. Keep aside.
4. Place the sugar in a heavy bottomed pan and smash the whole egg into it (along with the shell), mix well and then add the water and stir well. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, you will notice that the scum (dirt) in the sugar would have floated to the surface. Continue to boil till you are able to see clear liquid below the scum (use a spoon to part the scum). Line a clean bowl with a clean muslin cloth and carefully strain the liquid into it. Discard the scum and transfer the sugar syrup into a large heavy bottomed pan and put it back on the fire and bring it to a boil till it thickens a bit.



Above pic: 
1. The scum on the surface of the sugar syrup 2. The clear liquid beneath the scum 
3. Strain the syrup on a clean cloth 4. Scum to be discarded

5. Add the pressure cooked ginger and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. If you feel the water has reduced you may add a cup at a time. After two hours check if the ginger is tender and the sugar syrup has penetrated inside each piece, if not, put it back on the fire. If done, add the lime juice, stir and remove from fire and cover with a slotted plate to allow excess heat/steam to escape. When the preserve has completely cooled down, the syrup will thicken.

Above pic: 
1. Strain excess clear syrup from the cloth 2. The clear sugar syrup without impurities
3. Drain cooking liquor from the pressure cooked ginger 4. Add the cooked ginger to the sugar syrup


6. Store in sterilized airtight glass jars/canisters. If prepared hygienically the preserve will last for a year without refrigeration * see note#5

Notes:
1. In and around Mangalore (across the coast) new & very tender ginger is available when the monsoons begin to taper off - this is usually from the end of August till the first week of September. Traditionally this preserve is prepared before the Nativity (Monthi) feast that falls on September 8th, so be sure to buy/source your ginger around this time. Any delay will result in slightly fibrous ginger which is not suitable for this preparation. In India, tender ginger is not easily available in the commercial market unless you place an order for it as it tends to rot fast and hence what you see in the market is always matured ginger which is highly fibrous.
2. For extra sweet sugar syrup increase the sugar by another 200-250 grams.
3. The quantity of water to be used is usually proportionate to the quantities of sugar and ginger, however, it may slightly vary depending on the tenderness of the ginger and the consistency (thickness) of the syrup desired. So keep 1.5 litres of water handy and use only as required.
4. The initial preparation time will be reduced if you have a helping hand to clean the ginger. Cooking time will vary slightly depending on the tenderness of ginger used. Also, each piece of ginger needs to be adequately pricked/poked with a fork - only then will the sugar syrup penetrate the pores and help to stew the pieces properly.
5. Always use a clean dry spoon to remove the ginger preserve.



23 comments:

  1. soo tideous work Shireen with so much efforts! and you had all the patience.... I always get my stock from Konkan traders but im sure nothing can beat the one what you make at home.. thanx for the amazing recipe, will surely try my hands when i get a chance

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  2. Thank God i found you!! I have been wanting to make this since quite awhile. Ginger has so many medicinal properties...and i love ginger in any form. You have an amazing blog here! I will have to make this soon, because right now the ginger is so tender and aromatic. (Thanks for the tips) Mom-in-law, who is no more, used to make some divine ginger doss!

    Betsy

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  3. looks so yummy! All this long process worth it
    Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

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  4. Looks absolutely divine. Love ginger in any form :-)

    Aparna

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  5. I love alyaso dos. Unfortunately we don't get good gonger here, otherwise I would have alreay made my mai's recipe :( That said, I am going to convince my husband to grow ginger in the cold frames he is building for next year... so who knows maybe I'll have my own homemade tender ginger to make into this delicious dos. So many memories of my home are bound up in this delicate preparation.

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  6. My favourite...ages since I had this...!

    ReplyDelete
  7. SS what a brilliant recipe to treasure. Love the way you go all out to explain A to Z of your recipe. just a little curious what the purpose of the egg is....

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  8. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!! Michelle, I hope you are able to grow your own ginger soon and make this at home :-)

    DD, thanks so much, the purpose of the egg is to purify the sugar which is with a lot of impurities, in order to get the scum floating to the top, the egg is added..so that when the egg cooks, the scum is easily to scoop out - there is no other way to clarify the sugar otherwise and in the olden days there was no refrigeration and it was imperative that the ingredients used were as sterile as possible so that they would last the whole year on the kitchen shelf

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  9. dearest shireen,

    how incredible is that. which era are we in.1800, 1900, or 2000s:) such a difficult task and somebody as young as you tried it and was successful as well. mindblowing and hats off to u.

    ReplyDelete
  10. @Anonymous: Hahaha! Thanks so much for bringing a smile on my face :-) I am truly touched by your appreciation, it was not very difficult to make this dhoss although I admit it was very time consuming. Poking the ginger was the only part which I didn't enjoy much because my hands began to burn after a while. However, these are dying foods and I think we must keep our tradition alive, and thats what drove me to complete the task!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Shireen,

    I m auntie Jessies brother Ben.

    I too am a great admiror of her cooking and one of the critic from the days she joined the cooking classes at Nazareth Convent, Balmatta before marrying to Castelino family, so that her dishes turn out to perfection !

    I had the opportunity to taste the freshly made dos ( ? yours )at her place last week and it has turned out perfect.

    CONGRATULATIONS, KEEP IT UP PUBLISHING TRADITIONAL MANGLOREAN RECIPIES.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Uncle Ben,

    Thank you so much for your comment, I am really honoured to read your appreciation. Yes, aunty Jessie is an expert cook and I enjoy the dishes she makes - I have had the good fortune of tasting quite a few in these past years.

    The dos that you tasted at her place is the fantastic one that she made. I live in Mumbai and what you see in the pictures is my experiment that I made here, but it turned out almost as good as what she makes.

    Thanks for your encouragement, I will keep posting Mangalorean recipes, thanks so much for writing in!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hey Shireen , this recipe really does bring back memories . I remember my mum went through a 'dos' making phase for a few years when I was growing up ..every evening I would help her poke the ginger . Absolutely love your recipes .. Between your blog and michelle's ( the tiffin box) .. I'm transported back home to mangalore .. Keep 'em coming ;-)
    Andrea

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Andrea! Thanks for the lovely comment, good to know that you have been part of the dos making phase at somepoint of your life...i do hope you can try and make it yourself now, just for old times sake :-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Shireen,

    I followed all your directions and made the preserve today. It has turned out yum, yum! Actually, to speed up the process i pressure cooked the ginger for the last half hour of cooking in the syrup. I went over other methods/recipes too, but i think your method is simpler and faster without compromising in the taste. Thank you.

    Raquelina

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Raquelina!! So good to hear that, I think you are one of the few people who have tried this already and reverted so quickly! I am happy to know that it turned out perfect, yes, pressure cooking for longer time is a great idea actually as it greatly reduces the cooking time! Thanks so much for your feedback!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Interesting recipe. I'm a bit confused why the egg shell was included. Wouldn't it be better to discard it?

    I'll definitely try this and also add some lime zest along with the lime juice.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh how I love this preserve. Holds so many wonderful childhood memories. I remember the special instruments mum used to pierce the ginger - a kind of fork but with much thinner tines. The last bottle of ginger preserve I bought in Mangalore had the ginger cut into bits!! :(

    ReplyDelete
  19. Excellent... I googled ale dhoss hoping that google would give me some details so i could explain what i was referring to, to my wife. And i find this elaborate article from you. I could just vaguely remember the name of the dish as i had eaten it ages ago but thanks to you I could show my wife the pics as well

    ReplyDelete
  20. @ Aang: I am not sure why the shell is added, I need to ask my aunt. Will update the post as soon as I get an answer.

    @ Susanna: Yes, I have heard of that kind of fork and will post a picture soon! Hope you get to make this someday!

    @ Darryl: Thanks so much for your lovely compliment, I hope your wife enjoyed reading this post too!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I was searching for this recipe, as my dad's Mangalorean friend used to bring him this preserve on visits, in the 1970s. I guess this can also be prepared using honey, substituting for the sugar, in part of full.

    ReplyDelete
  22. @ Sujit: Glad to know that your search for the recipe ends here :) I don't know of a method where honey is used. We always use sugar syrup for this preparation

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Alyache Dhoss / Ale Dos (Mangalorean Ginger Preserve)

A few years ago I never thought in my wildest dreams that someday I would try my hand at making Alyache Dhoss - a traditional Mangalorean ginger preserve that I had grown up to love. Thanks to blogging and my passion to preserve our culinary heritage, I finally converted this dream into reality. Making this preserve is considered to be one of the hardest (in terms of complexity) among the whole range of Mangalorean foods. However, I believe that it has a lot to do with patience and passion than with complexity. One must be able to pick up this skill at a young age and have the will to complete the task from start to finish. 


Our grandmothers had this innate quality to do just that - maybe that stems from the quality of being a nurturer to the usually large brood of kids they took care of and brought up lovingly in those days. It also meant taking care of their nutritional needs without dipping too much the meager earnings of their husbands. This need ensured that almost everything that grew in their yards was put to use in the best possible way. Pickles, preserves, wines, jams & poppadoms with no commercial price tag made their way into the kitchen larder and lasted the whole year through with no added preservatives or the bare minimum that were again natural. Such was their lifestyle and healthy eating habits that kept families hale and hearty - much more than today's generation. 

I guess every one of us knows at least one of two women in Mangalore who have this burning passion to make preserves of all types. Home cooks who double up as pickle/preserve makers during the season. While some of them make it out of passion and distribute the fruit of their labour amongst friends and family, the others make it to support their income. During my growing up years, I knew of a lady in my lane - Ms. Elize who would make the best shredded mango pickle (kosrache lonche), grape and ginger wines and of course the good ol' ginger preserve. I freaked out on the taste the first time I tasted it and loved the mild spiciness of the ginger that burnt my throat and the delicately sweet sugar syrup that followed to sooth it. Yum yum yum! 

I don't need to elaborate on the health benefits of ginger, but this humble root that is native to India and China is used in a lot of forms - whole root -fresh & dried, powdered, preserved, crystallized and pickled. It is known for its medicinal benefits especially as a digestive aid, treatment for nausea resulting from motion sickness and morning sickness. It has anit-inflammatory properties and may help relieve pain from arthritis, rheumatism and muscle cramps. Ginger tea is used in home remedies for colds, cough and the flu.


I don't really recall if my grandma made the dhoss although she is a big expert at making pickles - I need to get her recipes next. But what a delight it was for me when I got married and met Aunty Jessie who is another expert at making all the above mentioned goodies the whole year through. Since I was so in love with the dhoss that she makes I asked her the recipe to make it and she was kind enough to give me the instructions. This was before the blog was born and I somehow lost the recipe in my archives. However, since I continued to receive my annual quota of a nice bottle of dhoss from her I did not attempt to search for the recipe or to make it myself all these years (I never thought I could make it since I was never the jams and pickles person anyways). 

This year Roshan and I decided that we had to give homemade dhoss a shot. The basic requirement for this is very new/tender ginger that is available during the first harvest right after the monsoons. This ginger looks very pale with just a delicate film of skin. Tender ginger is the one which has no fibre in it and hence it is best sourced between the last week of August and the first week of September. If you are keen to make it right away, try sourcing it before the 20th of this month - you may just be lucky. 

We sourced it from Mangalore and it came in just last week after which we set to work. 


Although the process is lengthy, the result is absolutely amazing. Our whole house was filled with the warm and sweet aroma of the ginger married to the sugar. The tender ginger has stewed so well in the sugar syrup that it gives out amazing taste aroma with a very very mild aftertaste of caramel - well, no, its not the taste of burnt sugar/caramel but of sugar that has cooked well. The addition of lime juice gives it a lovely flavour and helps prevent the sugar syrup from crystallizing. 

You can make a jam out of this if you chop the ginger really fine - the cooking time will reduce too. Try it, it tastes amazing when spread over chapathis!


I am so happy that this recipe helped me recreate the memories of my childhood. I am even more pleased that it tastes as good as the dhoss that Aunty Jessie makes as lovingly sends for me every time. A big thank you to my sister-in-law Raina Castelino for taking the trouble to source the ginger & parcel it to me right in time and her mum-in-law Aunty Jessie Castelino for her lovely recipe and her patience to clarify all my doubts when I set out to make it. I know this sounds like a speech, but this would not have happened without your help!

Alyache Dhoss / Ale Dos (Mangalorean Ginger Preserve)
Prep time: 30 - 40 mins | Soaking time: 2-3 days | Cooking time: 2-1/2 - 3 hours * see note#4

You Need:
  • 1 kg very tender (new) ginger * see note#1
  • 1 kg sugar * see note#2
  • approx 1 litre water * see note#3
  • 1 egg
  • juice of 1 lime
You will also need
  • a clean muslin cloth
  • a sterilized glass jar/canister (approx 1.5 litres) or multiple smaller glass jars
Method:
1. Wash the ginger thoroughly to remove any traces of mud, wipe with a cloth and gently scrape off the peel/skin. Poke each piece of ginger with a fork or a clean unused hair pin (U pin) - take care not to tear the flesh of very tender ginger. The more you poke the better it will stew in the sugar syrup and taste sweet.
2. Soak the ginger in sufficient water to cover it and keep aside. Change this water twice a day (morning & evening) for two days.


3. On the third day, drain off the water and place the ginger in a pressure cooker and add enough water up to  1 inch above the level of the ginger. Cover the lid, place the weight (whistle) and pressure cook on a full flame till the first whistle goes off. Reduce the flame to sim and continue to cook for another 30 minutes. Turn off the flame, allow the cooker to cool off to room temperature. Open and stir. Keep aside.
4. Place the sugar in a heavy bottomed pan and smash the whole egg into it (along with the shell), mix well and then add the water and stir well. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, you will notice that the scum (dirt) in the sugar would have floated to the surface. Continue to boil till you are able to see clear liquid below the scum (use a spoon to part the scum). Line a clean bowl with a clean muslin cloth and carefully strain the liquid into it. Discard the scum and transfer the sugar syrup into a large heavy bottomed pan and put it back on the fire and bring it to a boil till it thickens a bit.



Above pic: 
1. The scum on the surface of the sugar syrup 2. The clear liquid beneath the scum 
3. Strain the syrup on a clean cloth 4. Scum to be discarded

5. Add the pressure cooked ginger and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. If you feel the water has reduced you may add a cup at a time. After two hours check if the ginger is tender and the sugar syrup has penetrated inside each piece, if not, put it back on the fire. If done, add the lime juice, stir and remove from fire and cover with a slotted plate to allow excess heat/steam to escape. When the preserve has completely cooled down, the syrup will thicken.

Above pic: 
1. Strain excess clear syrup from the cloth 2. The clear sugar syrup without impurities
3. Drain cooking liquor from the pressure cooked ginger 4. Add the cooked ginger to the sugar syrup


6. Store in sterilized airtight glass jars/canisters. If prepared hygienically the preserve will last for a year without refrigeration * see note#5

Notes:
1. In and around Mangalore (across the coast) new & very tender ginger is available when the monsoons begin to taper off - this is usually from the end of August till the first week of September. Traditionally this preserve is prepared before the Nativity (Monthi) feast that falls on September 8th, so be sure to buy/source your ginger around this time. Any delay will result in slightly fibrous ginger which is not suitable for this preparation. In India, tender ginger is not easily available in the commercial market unless you place an order for it as it tends to rot fast and hence what you see in the market is always matured ginger which is highly fibrous.
2. For extra sweet sugar syrup increase the sugar by another 200-250 grams.
3. The quantity of water to be used is usually proportionate to the quantities of sugar and ginger, however, it may slightly vary depending on the tenderness of the ginger and the consistency (thickness) of the syrup desired. So keep 1.5 litres of water handy and use only as required.
4. The initial preparation time will be reduced if you have a helping hand to clean the ginger. Cooking time will vary slightly depending on the tenderness of ginger used. Also, each piece of ginger needs to be adequately pricked/poked with a fork - only then will the sugar syrup penetrate the pores and help to stew the pieces properly.
5. Always use a clean dry spoon to remove the ginger preserve.



23 comments:

  1. soo tideous work Shireen with so much efforts! and you had all the patience.... I always get my stock from Konkan traders but im sure nothing can beat the one what you make at home.. thanx for the amazing recipe, will surely try my hands when i get a chance

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank God i found you!! I have been wanting to make this since quite awhile. Ginger has so many medicinal properties...and i love ginger in any form. You have an amazing blog here! I will have to make this soon, because right now the ginger is so tender and aromatic. (Thanks for the tips) Mom-in-law, who is no more, used to make some divine ginger doss!

    Betsy

    ReplyDelete
  3. looks so yummy! All this long process worth it
    Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Looks absolutely divine. Love ginger in any form :-)

    Aparna

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love alyaso dos. Unfortunately we don't get good gonger here, otherwise I would have alreay made my mai's recipe :( That said, I am going to convince my husband to grow ginger in the cold frames he is building for next year... so who knows maybe I'll have my own homemade tender ginger to make into this delicious dos. So many memories of my home are bound up in this delicate preparation.

    ReplyDelete
  6. My favourite...ages since I had this...!

    ReplyDelete
  7. SS what a brilliant recipe to treasure. Love the way you go all out to explain A to Z of your recipe. just a little curious what the purpose of the egg is....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!! Michelle, I hope you are able to grow your own ginger soon and make this at home :-)

    DD, thanks so much, the purpose of the egg is to purify the sugar which is with a lot of impurities, in order to get the scum floating to the top, the egg is added..so that when the egg cooks, the scum is easily to scoop out - there is no other way to clarify the sugar otherwise and in the olden days there was no refrigeration and it was imperative that the ingredients used were as sterile as possible so that they would last the whole year on the kitchen shelf

    ReplyDelete
  9. dearest shireen,

    how incredible is that. which era are we in.1800, 1900, or 2000s:) such a difficult task and somebody as young as you tried it and was successful as well. mindblowing and hats off to u.

    ReplyDelete
  10. @Anonymous: Hahaha! Thanks so much for bringing a smile on my face :-) I am truly touched by your appreciation, it was not very difficult to make this dhoss although I admit it was very time consuming. Poking the ginger was the only part which I didn't enjoy much because my hands began to burn after a while. However, these are dying foods and I think we must keep our tradition alive, and thats what drove me to complete the task!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Shireen,

    I m auntie Jessies brother Ben.

    I too am a great admiror of her cooking and one of the critic from the days she joined the cooking classes at Nazareth Convent, Balmatta before marrying to Castelino family, so that her dishes turn out to perfection !

    I had the opportunity to taste the freshly made dos ( ? yours )at her place last week and it has turned out perfect.

    CONGRATULATIONS, KEEP IT UP PUBLISHING TRADITIONAL MANGLOREAN RECIPIES.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Uncle Ben,

    Thank you so much for your comment, I am really honoured to read your appreciation. Yes, aunty Jessie is an expert cook and I enjoy the dishes she makes - I have had the good fortune of tasting quite a few in these past years.

    The dos that you tasted at her place is the fantastic one that she made. I live in Mumbai and what you see in the pictures is my experiment that I made here, but it turned out almost as good as what she makes.

    Thanks for your encouragement, I will keep posting Mangalorean recipes, thanks so much for writing in!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hey Shireen , this recipe really does bring back memories . I remember my mum went through a 'dos' making phase for a few years when I was growing up ..every evening I would help her poke the ginger . Absolutely love your recipes .. Between your blog and michelle's ( the tiffin box) .. I'm transported back home to mangalore .. Keep 'em coming ;-)
    Andrea

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Andrea! Thanks for the lovely comment, good to know that you have been part of the dos making phase at somepoint of your life...i do hope you can try and make it yourself now, just for old times sake :-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Shireen,

    I followed all your directions and made the preserve today. It has turned out yum, yum! Actually, to speed up the process i pressure cooked the ginger for the last half hour of cooking in the syrup. I went over other methods/recipes too, but i think your method is simpler and faster without compromising in the taste. Thank you.

    Raquelina

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Raquelina!! So good to hear that, I think you are one of the few people who have tried this already and reverted so quickly! I am happy to know that it turned out perfect, yes, pressure cooking for longer time is a great idea actually as it greatly reduces the cooking time! Thanks so much for your feedback!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Interesting recipe. I'm a bit confused why the egg shell was included. Wouldn't it be better to discard it?

    I'll definitely try this and also add some lime zest along with the lime juice.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh how I love this preserve. Holds so many wonderful childhood memories. I remember the special instruments mum used to pierce the ginger - a kind of fork but with much thinner tines. The last bottle of ginger preserve I bought in Mangalore had the ginger cut into bits!! :(

    ReplyDelete
  19. Excellent... I googled ale dhoss hoping that google would give me some details so i could explain what i was referring to, to my wife. And i find this elaborate article from you. I could just vaguely remember the name of the dish as i had eaten it ages ago but thanks to you I could show my wife the pics as well

    ReplyDelete
  20. @ Aang: I am not sure why the shell is added, I need to ask my aunt. Will update the post as soon as I get an answer.

    @ Susanna: Yes, I have heard of that kind of fork and will post a picture soon! Hope you get to make this someday!

    @ Darryl: Thanks so much for your lovely compliment, I hope your wife enjoyed reading this post too!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I was searching for this recipe, as my dad's Mangalorean friend used to bring him this preserve on visits, in the 1970s. I guess this can also be prepared using honey, substituting for the sugar, in part of full.

    ReplyDelete
  22. @ Sujit: Glad to know that your search for the recipe ends here :) I don't know of a method where honey is used. We always use sugar syrup for this preparation

    ReplyDelete

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