Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Poss/ Steamed Milk Sweet.

The other day I prepared the famous Bengali delicacy Bappa Doi(baked yogurt).When I tasted it I though ummmmm...... this is similar in texture to Poss and if I add some more ingredients I would probably get the same taste as Poss.
Poss is a delicacy in Goa that is prepared using cows colostrum milk.
This dessert is not too sweet.
I called up my Aayi(maternal grandmother) and Mami (aunt) and got the list of additional ingredients that was added to the milk to make poss.

Well, I tried it and voila, it tasted same as the Poss that I ate in Goa only thing was there was no need of the colostrum milk. I could enjoy this delicacy any time of the year without the need for colostrum milk.

1 and 1/2 cup yogurt,
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk,
1/2 cup regular milk or coconut milk or combo of both,
1/2 tsp cardamom powder,
2 tbsp fine coconut powder/ coconut milk,
1/2 tsp ground cumin powder( do not roast ),
1/2 tsp turmeric powder.

  • Put the yogurt in a cheese cloth and hang to drain for 4-5 hours.
  • Mix the drained yogurt, condensed milk, regular milk well.
  • Add the cardamom powder, cumin powder, coconut powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Pour in a vessel that fits in the pressure cooker(I used a 6 inch glass vessel) and put a lid on the glass vessel.
  • Put some water in the pressure cooker, invert a small plate in the pressure cooker and then put the glass vessel over the plate.
  • Put the lid on the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles.
  • Serve warm or chilled.

I noticed that with 2-3 whistles the poss was slightly runny, whereas with 5-6 whistles it was very nice and firm.
Can substitute 1/2 cup coconut milk for the regular milk.
Make in individual containers or ramekins if you like.
If the poss is eaten chilled the next day then it tastes better and juicy and firm.


  1. OMG...a goan blog with POSS recipe. I so love it.

  2. Hi Pooja,
    I simply love poss too, so was very very happy when I experimented and the end result was delicious.

  3. Bookmarked. Reminded me of kharwas. can't wait to try it.

  4. Meera,
    Do try it it tastes awesome.