Sunday, August 17, 2014

Re post : Gabulhi Boakibaa ( Sweet Coconut Cake)

I posted recipe a year ago and took it down. I was planning to uploading it after updating the recipe during the Ramadhan month but forgot to upload.
This past week had been busy, my  fussy one turned 3 , had a little family party for him.  . Doing some sewing,I am not very good at it, trying to figure out how to make shorts so can make some for the boys to wear at home.

Coming back to the recipe,  I made this  while I was living in Malaysia . I had a tough time trying to get a gabulhi.  I was able to get one from the Friday market,  although it was still a bit more on the mature side. Once bought one from Tesco, my hubby is quite good picking a good gabulhi.

If you are wondering what on earth is a Gabulhi , let me explain.  There are three stages of the coconut, one is the drinking sweet coconut ( kurumba) with sweet jelly like flesh , the intermediate stage  ( gabulhi) where the flesh is slightly sweeter but white slightly thicker flesh. Then there is the mature coconut that you use for making coconut milk ( kaashi) and other cooking purposes, which has very little water and thick flesh. You can hear the water sloshing around when you shake a mature coconut where as a drinking coconut does not.

This delicious cake is made using this intermediate stage coconut, although if you cant get your hands on such a coconut use a regular coconut, although the taste might be slightly different.

Recipe : Gabulhi Boakibaa ( Sweet Coconut Cake)

2 cups grated sweet coconut flesh ( gabulhi )
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup  plain flour, sifted
2 tbsp rose water or 1-2 drops rose essence
about 3 tbsp water
oil for greasing the pan, use a neutral oil

Preheat oven to gas mark 4 .

Place all the ingredients in a blender of food processor (except the oil) till finely ground and mixed well.

Oil a  round baking tray and  pour the contents in the blender/ processor into the tray and level with a metal spoon. Pop in middle shelf of the oven and bake for  about 45 minutes till the top turns a dark golden colour, and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake.

Remove, cool in the tray , run a knife around the cake , and turn it  on to a chopping board and cut into squares and serve.

How many of you were saddened by the news of Robin Williams death? I felt sad that someone who can make everyone laugh was  going through a lot of emotional turmoil. I grew up watching his movies  , have seen most of his movies .  Whats your favorite Robin Williams movie?


  1. I love anything with coconut. Sadly we can't find gabulhi coconut over here, but I will be happy using regular one too. The cake looks delicious.
    Good Will Hunting is my favourite.

  2. Hi Nammi,
    thanks for sharing what is gabulhi. these coconut cake looks yum!
    my favourite The Bicentennial Man"
    Have a wonderful week ahead.

  3. These cakes rocks, i want some slices rite now.

  4. feel like having one big slice ..cake looks yumm

  5. Didn't know about the 3 stages of coconut... very interesting :)
    The cake looks delicious and I love coconut, so I will try to bake it at home.

  6. Hi Nammi,
    Lovely coconut cake.
    Yes, it was so shocking to read about Robin Williams. I like all of his movies.

  7. Hi Nammi,

    You have drafted this post a year ago... Geez! Can't imagine a year can just passed by like this :p

    Nice coconut cake!!! Must be very fragrant :D

    I'm sad too that Robin Williams is gone. He is such a talented man. My fav RW's movie is Mrs Doubtfire and Jumanji I can never get sick of watching these 2 heart warming shows.


    1. watched Mrs Doubtfire a few days ago and planning to watch Jumanji with the boys during the weekend

  8. there is no liquid to be added to this cake. only 2 tbsp rose water or 1-2 drops rose essence
    about 3 tbsp water is there. will this be enough or is any ingredient missing?

    1. No dear no liquid its a slightly young coconut once you mix with sugar and leave for a few minutes you will notice some liquid forming so just 3 tbsp o water will be just fine.


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