Kashata is a traditional East African recipe for a classic snack of coconut, flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom and bound with flour and sugar that is half way between a biscuit and confectionery.
- 2 cups raw sugar
- 2 cups fresh grated coconut (or dried grated coconut moistened with a few tablespoons of milk) (see note below)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or ½ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
- 1 pinch sea salt
- ½ cup flour (optional)
- In a hot skillet, heat the sugar until it melts and just begins to brown.
- Reduce heat and quickly add all other ingredients, stirring well as each ingredient is added. When all ingredients have been added to the mixture, continue stirring for about a minute, making sure everything is well mixed.
- Scoop the mixture into a pan that has been lightly greased or lined with waxed paper. Let rest for a few minutes. Cut into squares or diamonds while still warm.
- Let cool and serve.