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Requegao and Requejao

Shalini Bhalla | Sep 12, 2005 03:29 AM

Hi there

I've been researching Indian food and recipes for sometime and recently came across an old Indian recipe from Goa called "Requegao". It is a soft, white coloured dessert, like a very soft fudge made with egg whites, almond flour, sugar and fresh home made cheese (paneer).

A search for "Requegao" turns up nothing in terms of Indian food. I have come across something called "Requejao". It is supposedly a soft, fresh cheese that is sprinkled with sugar and cinnmon and eaten as dessert in Portugal.
The Portuguese ruled over India for much longer than the British, and their influence has been around for so long that most Indians dont know that many of the words they use/ the food they eat today is actually Portuguese in origin.

This leads me to wonder if the "Requegao" recipe I have was some Indian cook's attempt to satisfy his / her Portuguese master's craving for sweet cheese from back home. The two foods are very dissimilar.....but still.

I'm just hoping someone reading this post can tell me some more about "Requejao"...or if you ever happen to have heard about "Requegao" from your old Goan grandmother. Any bit of information may help.

Thanks
Shalini

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