Thursday, July 9, 2015

812. Omani Coconut Chaklama

This month's MENA Cooking Club feature is Oman. The MENA Cooking Club explores the differences and similarities of the Middle East and North African countries through local cuisine. Previous entries include Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, and Morocco.
Oman is an Arabian Gulf State rich in traditions and cultural cuisine. The prominence of coconut in the Arabian Gulf is a testament to the arab-Indian relations stemming generations ago. Very similar in concept to the Iraqi Coconut Macaroon, this is a modernized version of the Omani Chaklama utilizing the convenience of sweetened condensed milk.


4 cups desiccated coconut (400g)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk (397g)
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp butter, softened


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until a soft dough forms.
Form the coconut dough into small balls, place the coconut balls in a large baking dish leaving spaces between each ball.
Bake in a 350F preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool and serve.

حلا شكلمة العمانية

4 أكواب أو 400 غ من جوز الهند المجفف
1 ملعقة صغيرة من مسحوق الفانيلا
1 علبة أو 397 غ من حليب نستله المكثف المحلى
1 ملعقة صغيرة من البيكينغ باودر
1 ملعقة طعام من الزبدة غير المملحة

تُمزج كافة المكوّنات بعضها مع بعض في وعاء كبير حتّى تشكّل عجينة طريّة.
تُقرّص عجينة جوز الهند إلى كرات صغيرة، وتُصفّ الكرات في صينية خبز كبيرة مع ترك مسافة فاصلة بين كلّ كرة وأخرى.
تُخبز في فرن محمّى على حرارة 180 درجة مئويّة لمدّة تتراوح بين 15 -20 دقيقة أو حتّى يصبح لونها بنياً ذهبياً.
تُترك جانباً حتّى تبرد ثم تُقدّم.

  صحة و عافية


Noor said...

They look great mashAllah. I really wanted to make these, but you cannot find coconut here and I was not about to try to make it with fresh and slave for hours lol.

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thanks Noor! They were a huge success I wish I could send you a box of them (or a bag of shredded coconut!).

Oum Adam said...

Yours look great, maa shaa Allah!

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thank you Oum Adam!

Rafeeda AR said...

They look so good... thank you for being a part of this month's challenge... :)

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thank you Rafeeda, and thanks for hosting this month!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

I love your step by step photos and your cookies look delicious! Congrats on completing this month's MENA challenge too!

sneha datar said...

These are looking so delightful, just waiting to be picked with a cup of tea.

Maryam Mohammed said...

Thank you Joanne!

Maryam Mohammed said...

So true, Sneha. Thanks!

Carrie said...

These look really tasty, I'm interested to make them.

Maryam Mohammed said...

I loved them! So easy and so delicious. Give them a go, Carrie!

Anonymous said...

Marhaba Maryam.. these look yummy...ill be making these this anything coconut...and not too sweet...did u use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes? i was thinking unsweetened?

Maryam Mohammed said...

Marhaba! Definitely unsweetened coconut as the condensed milk is already sweetened. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did, they were lovely.

Anonymous said...

well...this recipe didnt work for me...followed it to the letter...they spread to thin wafers and got burnt on bottom...what a shame..i dont understand why ?

Anonymous said...

the only thing i can gather from your pictures that varies form my attempt,, is my coconut was shredded..your seems to be powdered

Maryam Mohammed said...

That's such a shame! My coconut was finely shredded and unsweetened, not powdered. I cannot imagine why it didn't work out as it's such a straightforward recipe. The only two things I can think of is either too much butter was added (1 Tbsp is 12 grams) or maybe evaporated milk was accidentally used instead of sweetened condensed milk which has sugar whereas the evaporated milk is runny and without sugar. Oh and another reason they might have spread too thin is not enough coconut (recipe calls for a whole four cups). Do let me know if you managed to find out what went wrong!

Anonymous said...

...I used one tablespoon of butter. and the four cups shredded /unsweetened coconut ...and sweetened condensed milk,.....doubt I will retry...maybe a finer grade of coconut releases more starch to hold the shape is all i can think of,,,