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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kabocha Manju Recipe | Kohi Zeri (Japanese Coffee Jelly) - Japanese Cuisine

Japan Cuisine

Now stopping by on letter J today I chose a very known country for its cuisine japan. Th traditional food in japan is rice based and Miso soup is one of the famous among any dish. I would like to mention here vegetarian foods are rare in japan even the vegetarians dishes you non veg meat or stocks so it might be difficult for strict veggies like me to survive. You might be wondering then Y I chose this country, though the main course are rarely veg some for the popular desserts can be enjoyed there as they are vegetarian. I was randomly searching  in the internet the famous japanese desserts and look what I found , a steamed bun which was in my name :P lolz you all might have thought I have a typo in my title isn't it , but its really true Manju is the traditional steamed bread which is very much famous in japan. I was actually shocked when I saw the name what a coincidence now all the manju over there will be so proud that they have a dish named after their own name :P . Jokes a part manju is a very traditional japanese bread which is normally made with  flour, rice flour or buckwheat with anko ( red beans paste) which is made from azuki beans and sugar. There N number of varieties of manju available  to list matcha or green tea manju, Mizu manju. They can be flavored with varieties for filling. Daifuku is another steamed buns similar to manju but both are said to be different.

For my second recipe I chose a  easy to make and very famous japanese summer time dessert.Coffee jelly is a simple jelly flavored with coffee , which is topped with either whipped cream on top or served with condensed milk on it. They are added in iced coffee , they are also added in ice cream. You can actually top them with dulce de leche  or caramel even. They just tastes super sinful, what more can we ask for - easy to make with in few steps, I love the coffee flavor in the jelly a lot. Now hope I have done justice in picking these two famous dishes from the country . Here are recipes ..
japanese Manju Buns

Steamed kabocha Manju

Recipe Source : Here

Kabocha Manju

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
15 mins
15 mins
Japanese Desserts
  For dough
  All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cup
  Sugar - 3 tbsp
  Salt a pinch 
  Baking pd - 1 tsp
  Water as needed
  Vanilla extract - few drops
  Pink color - few drops ( optional)
  For filling 
  Butternut squash or Kabocha - 2 cups ( chopped)
  Sugar - 1/4 cup

  • Boil the squash in little water and cook them till they are soft.
  • Drain the excess water and mash them well.
  • In a pan add mashed squash, sugar and mix them well.
  • Cook them till all water evaporated and it comes together.
  • For the dough Mix all the Ingredients  and make a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough and the filling to equal parts.
  • Take a dough ball and roll it to a disc then add the filling in the center and seal the corners together.
  • Do the same with the rest of the filling and dough balls.
  • Prepare a steamer or idli cooker place the prepared buns and steam them for 10-15 mins.

Japanese Manju Varieties

Traditional Manju buns with squash stuffing

Kohi Zeri

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
1 hr
10 mins
Japanese coffee jelly  Ingredients 

  Water - 2 cups 
  Agar agar - 1 tbsp
  Sugar - 2 tbsp
  Coffee pd  -1-2 tbsp
  Whipped cream - For serving

  • In a sauce pan boil the water and put the coffee .
  • Let it simmer for a while , then add sugar .
  • After the sugar dissolve add agar agar pd .
  • Mix well and let it simmer for a while. stir it constantly.
  • Now turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a mold.
  • Let it rest in refrigerator till it sets.
  • Once set you can dice them and serve with cold coffee or simply top them with whipped cream.

Japanese coffee jelly with whipped cream

Japanese desserts

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  1. wow....Delicious and Tempting... Nice name and lovely color too :)

  2. Japanse treats are so impressive

  3. super treat .. u hv lot of passion for the food..

  4. Kabocha mnaju and kochi zeri, i dunno wat to chose, may be i'll go with kochi zeri, that glass is asking me to finish it rite now. Btw Manju, you should be proud that even Japanese names their dishes with ur name, famous figure po.

  5. Both the recipes looks inviting , bookmarked !

  6. Lovely! The guess the recipe picked itself being named after you.:) very nicely done and so colorful

  7. Wow Manjula, your namesake manju dessert looks so cute -- very well made. Kabocha filling sounds interesting.
    Those coffee jellies look awesome too.

  8. Color of kabocha manju is lovely and wow, you are so popular Manju, you have dessert named after you. :) Lovely Japanese desserts.

  9. Those buns are inviting and what an amazing coincidence that you happened to come across these buns named after you. :)

  10. Oh I thot u just did a tribute 2 me :P ...thank u 4 making our name famous usual LOVE it !! <3

  11. Lol...on the recipe name...loved the recipes..and the pics are so so good. The coffee jelly looks stunning and I am in love with it..super one Manju..keep it up.

  12. A recipe in your name! That's awesome :).And both the dishes look so good. I am having a having a hard time deciding which of the two I love the most!!

  13. wow... love that coffee agar agar... such a beautiful presentation!

  14. beautiful presentation and so yummy...

  15. Very beautiful! Love the butternut squash peeking in there!! The jelly sounds flavorful as well.

  16. Both the dishes are made so well Manjula..imagine having a dish after

  17. Manju the manju look amazing :) love the pumpkin filling

  18. Both the manju and jelly look fabulous. I think I love the manju who made the manju so much..

  19. ahaa, i too thought how come you managed to find something with your name!!! Buns look super cute, love that pinky color and that coffee jelly, is wanting me to go and make it immediately!!! Bookmarked dear!!! :)

  20. Ahh something close to the author name. Love them the coffee jelly will be welcome at my place.


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