For the breakfast around the world theme, I selected a Samoan breakfast. I have already made Masi Samoa for another BM from Samoan cuisine and it was so delicious. So I didn’t have any doubt about this dish that it will not be tasty. As I didn’t have time to do anything elaborate, I went for simple recipes all through this marathon. So for Samoa, I selected a fried donut, usually served for breakfast. Samoans make this plain or with banana or pine apple. There are also versions using raisins. I selected the plain version. A wet dough rather than a batter is made with all purpose flour and scooped into hot oil and fried until golden. Some drop it using their hands and some use two spoons. I used an ice cream scoop as it made the frying mess free.
This Panikeke is usually along with a cup of Koko Samoa. Koko Samoa is a cocoa based drink more like our coffee. As I will never be able to source Samoan cocoa beans here, I went for a cup of black coffee. When I served it for my hubby today morning, he loved it so much. Have you seen the sweet bonda we get in tea shops in Tamilnadu? This panikeke tasted just like that and so I could serve it safely to hubby. It takes just 30 minutes to prepare these beauties. Heat oil and start mixing the dough. By the time dough is ready, the oil will also be ready. Keep flame low while frying else you will end up with dark brown uncooked donuts.
Recipe Source: Samoa Food
Maida/ All Purpose Flour-2 cups
Baking Powder-2 tsp
Water-1/4 – 1/3 cup
Oil-To deep fry
Heat oil in a pan.
IN a bowl mix together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
Add milk and mix.
Add enough water to make a sticky dough.
Scoop out with an ice cream scoop and drop it in hot oil.
Reduce flame and fry until it is evenly browned and sizzling is low.
Drain oil and transfer to a plate.
Serve hot with a cup of coffee or tea.