Recipe video: How to make Bebinca

When I saw this video on Nags’ blog, I knew that I had found the easiest way to convince my filmmaker brother to make a video for me. All these days, he was under the impression that I wanted to do a Nigella-esque cookery video, with loads of yap yap yap and puckering of lips and other seductive stuff. No offence here; I mean, I love Nigella and her sensual manner. But why would one want to be seen on camera given one’s (ahem) above-average vital statistics and un-facial-ed face? All I wanted was a simple video of the recipe coming together and transforming into a satisfying dish. The textures, the color, the homeliness of the food, the way it goes from one form to another. When we saw the beet cake recipe, I was finally able to explain to my brother what I was looking at.

This is the result of a lovely afternoon spent in good-hearted sibling talk, a director explaining to an artiste that when he says, “chalo,” he means “get ready” and when he says “okay,” he means “start.” I fumbled a zillion times, and he laughed for as many while he wiped his brow of beads of sweat. He spent several hours going back and forth and editing and “rendering” and what not, while I pestered him by asking when it would be ready. What resulted from all this, is:

Bebinca from My Jhola on Vimeo.

And while we were doing that, Amma was doing this:

I chose the Bebinca for two reasons—one, I wanted to do something that involved a lot of steps because that would make it video-friendly; and two, I wanted to do something in layers after seeing Deb’s gorgeous birthday cake. I found my answer in Deepa Awchat’s Bebinca recipe from The Authentic Goa Cookbook (so what if I had a bad experience at her restaurant, I still think she’s a talented recipe developer.) I just reduced the amount of sugar and increased the baking time for each layer by 5 minutes in order to achieve that lovely caramelization. We loved the bebinca despite the slightly uneven layers, and we’re all fighting for the chewy, caramelized “burnt” bits along the edges. I know this will be made quite often.

Here’s the recipe with my changes:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups thick coconut milk (canned works just as well)
  • 1 and ½ cup sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • Melted ghee (clarified utter): ¾ cup
  • Grated nutmeg: 1 tsp.
  • Salt: ¼ tsp.

Method:

  1. Place the sugar and coconut milk in a large mixing bowl and stir until the sugar melts.
  2. Now, add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating continuously.
  3. Sieve the flour into this mixture and beat again.
  4. Add the salt and nutmeg, and one tablespoon of ghee and beat again, until you have a smooth batter.
  5. Grease a 7-inch round baking tin (I used a loose-bottom tin and lined it with parchment, just to be safe) with 2 tbsp. ghee.
  6. Ladle in about half a cup of batter and bake in the center of the oven at 200 degrees centigrade for twenty minutes or until the top begins to brown.
  7. Remove from the oven. Brush on another tbsp. of ghee and ladle another half a cup of batter. Return to the oven for another fifteen minutes.
  8. Repeat the greasing, layering, and baking process until all the batter is used up. Finish with a tbsp. of ghee.
  9. Remove from the oven and turn upside down onto a serving plate. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes (if you can wait that long).
  10. Cut into 1-inch slices and serve warm by itself or with fresh cream/vanilla ice cream.

Comments (24)

  1. Sayantani June 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Oh my goodness…thats so sensational. love love love this video. your brother is a genius saee.

  2. Anonymous June 19, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Awesome Video Saee!!! You and ur bro make a gr8 team! I loved the way the ingredients were shown, and the shot where the milk spreads around the sugar. Hope to see more videos in future. The bebinca looks delicious!!!!

    – Priti

  3. Aarthi June 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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  4. Nags June 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    omg this is amazing!!!!!!!! i had to watch it without audio cuz there're no speakers at my in law's place. will check this out again and splatter it all over my fb, twitter, etc 😀

  5. Snehal June 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    What a great video!! It was very creative. And look at that picture! Superb team work.

  6. Priti June 20, 2011 at 12:56 am

    U have one talented family ….awesome video n so the drawing ….sharing it

  7. Harini June 20, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Dhamakedar performance, Saee!! Do convey that to your brother too.

  8. The knife June 20, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Hey this was really good and the food photography was so much better than what one gets to see in most food programmes on TV. Very scrumptious.

    Where was the baker though? 🙂

  9. healthyfeasts June 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

    एक्दम झकास!

  10. Saee Koranne-Khandekar June 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Thanks, everyone!
    @The knife: Ahem. I didn't want to take the focus away from the bebinca (wink).

  11. Deeps June 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Truly inspirational! You guys are a real talented bunch! Definitely encourages a novice blogger like me! N that drawing is so simple yet to perfect!

  12. quaintkal June 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    wow! loved every bit of it! 🙂 and the sketch by your mom too 🙂 🙂

  13. Anjali June 21, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Wow! What team work! Love the lighting in the video. Awesome.

  14. Preeti June 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Atishay sundar presentation ahe Saee. Mi ikde pahilyandach ali ahe..ani tujhe blog mala khup avadle. Tujhi ani tujhya bhavache kaam ani amma che chitra mhanje ek numbere ha!!!

  15. Curry Spice June 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I love the video. I had seen beet cake a few weeks back and loved the style. I thought i my head thats how I would love to see food videos. I think it was a lovely take off from the concept. There is something poetic to see food just do its thing. Super

  16. Kurush F Dalal June 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Amazing video for an amazing dessert

    just an observation … you could try a water bath for the first couple of layers it may help you to make thinner layers and to go higher 🙂

  17. Saee Koranne-Khandekar June 23, 2011 at 2:34 am

    @Kurush F Dalal: That's a great idea! Will try and let you know how it turns out!

  18. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    That looks really delicious! 😀 Great video!

  19. Divya Kudua July 5, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I loved the beet cake video and this looks so good as well!!

  20. Anonymous February 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

    You might like to divide the batter into half. Leave one half as it is (pale cream colour) and in th eother half add dark caramalized sugar to make it a light to med brown shade. Then , alternate dark and light layers so when you cut the bebinca, you get one pale cream alternating with one medium brown layer. Great visual.

  21. Saee Koranne-Khandekar February 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

    OH, that's SUCH a fabulous idea! Is that what they do? I could never figure it out! Will definitely try next time. Hell, I'll make a next time happen! Wish I knew your name, Anonymous!

  22. Anonymous February 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I forgot anotehr important tip – I cook the first layer on my stove and then the other ones in the over on 'broil'. In that way,the first layer does not get over cooked because the added layers get cooked top down.

  23. Romi July 12, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Hi Saee,
    Bebinca is one of my favourite desserts! Was looking for a recipe online, and this one was by far the most interesting… not just because of the ease of process but also because its a nicely lit, beautifully shot, crisp video. Have shared it on the my page Follow The Eaten Path 🙂

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