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Kolcata by Vijay Thandrayan

A Plate of Kolcata, a delicious dessert that has is pressed by hand to leave an imprint of the fingers clasping

A Plate of Kolcata made by Vijay

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Vijay Thandrayan

This recipe for Kolcata was created by a reader of this website, Vijay Thandrayan. She easily adapted the Kolcata recipe from the website, tweaking it with her own variation. She has received many compliments for her version.

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Vijay emigrated to Australia from South Africa about 10 years ago. She is a very caring mother and grandmother and loves to spend time with her family. She is a creative cook, and enjoys entertaining, gardening and experimenting with new dishes.

Here is Vijay's recipe for Kolkata

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  1. 1 cup rice flour
  2. ½ cup dessicated coconut
  3. ½ cup condensed milk
  4. 1/4 cup milk
  5. 1/3 sesame seeds
  6. 1/3 cup ground almonds
  7. 1/3 cup sugar
  8. A pinch of salt
  9. 1 tsp.ground elachi/cardamom
  10. ½tsp.ground nutmeg
  11. 5 tblsps. soft melted butter


  1. Place all ingredients in bowl. Add condensed milk and butter
  2. Slowly add milk-maybe not all of it-check mixture, which should be firm & not mushy
  3. Mold shapes with fingers
  4. Prepare pot for steaming
  5. Place large pot with water on stove
  6. Tie a soft cotton cloth or muslin around the pot
  7. Place Kolkata around the cloth
  8. Steam for 20 minutes, after the water reaches boiling point
  9. Remove & toss in coconut
  10. Enjoy

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