'Alle Belle' is a delightful Goan dessert that marries the goodness of crepes with a luscious coconut and jaggery filling. Its name translates to stuffed pancakes, perfectly describing its essence. This dessert is often enjoyed during special occasions and celebrations, embodying the festive spirit of Goa.
To create 'Alle Belle,' a batter is made from rice flour, all-purpose flour, and coconut milk. Thin crepes are cooked from this batter, creating a soft and delicate base for the filling. The filling consists of a mixture of freshly grated coconut, jaggery (unrefined cane sugar), and sometimes cardamom for a fragrant touch.
Spoonfuls of the filling are placed onto each crepe, which is then folded to encase the coconut-jaggery mixture. These filled crepes are either pan-fried or griddled until they turn golden and crisp.
'Alle Belle' offers a harmonious blend of textures and flavors – the tender crepes complement the rich, sweet, and slightly nutty filling. The combination of jaggery and coconut infuses the dessert with a distinctive taste that captures the essence of Goan culinary traditions.
This dessert showcases the creativity and skill of Goan cooks in transforming humble ingredients into a delectable treat. 'Alle Belle' holds a special place in Goan culture, symbolizing the joy and togetherness of celebrations through its delectable and heartwarming flavors.