Chach- A Dessert Soup - East Indian#Soupswappers

What is Chach? That's a question many will be asking! This is an East Indian dessert soup which is made with sweet potatoes on Maundy Thursday. This is also called by many East Indians as Gorache. My mother made this every year on Maundy Thursday and we loved it. She made it without tapioca pearls, this is my addition to it. My hubby loves this Chach too. He had it as his meal, two bowls full. This dessert Soup is, no oil or butter, sugar free, vegan and gluten free too.
Make 3 Bowls

220 Grams Sweet Potatoes- cut into thick roundels
1/3 Cup Sabudana/Tapioca Pearls
180 Grams Jaggery - chopped
1 Medium Size Coconut - to make coconut Milk
1 Teaspoon Cardamom powder
A Pinch of Salt
Wash the sabudana/tapioca pearls in water 2 times then soak it in water till an inch above the pearls. Keep this covered for at least an hour or two.
Wash and peel the sweet potatoes and cut into medium thick pieces.
This should be the thickness or else they will melt when cooking. Soak them in water, keep aside.
Now let's make the Coconut Milk
Peel all the brown part of the coconut we require only the white meat, chop it into pieces
Then grate it in a blender jar.
Warm 4 cups of water.
In big blender jar add the grated coconut, add 250Ml warm water and run the blender for 2 minutes. 
Take this out into a fine muslin cloth and squeeze out all the coconut milk 
this makes the first thick extract. Keep this extract a side.
Again add the coconut from the muslin cloth into the blender jar 
add 250Ml warm water and again run the blender for 2 minutes.
Remove this into the muslin cloth and squeeze out all the coconut milk this makes the second extract, 
pour this into a airtight bottle . These are the two bottles (250Ml Each) that I filled and labeled thick and thin coconut milk.
If you require another thin extract you can do this process again by adding just a cup of water. After this you cannot extract any more coconut milk. Use can use how much you want and freeze the remaining coconut milk.

To Make the Chach
In a large pot/pan add the 2 cups thin extract of coconut milk , salt and the sweet potatoes slices. Place this on medium low flame and let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes or till nearly done, stirring once or twice in between. 
When the sweet potatoes are nearly done then add the tapioca pearls and give it a quick stir, let this cook again on medium low flame till done/ transparent and the sweet potatoes are fully cooked, do not make them mushy they should remain whole. 
Now add the jaggery and let it melt and comes to just a boil. Add the thick extract of coconut milk and give it stir, bring this to just a boil. 
Switch off the flame add the cardamom powder.
Serve into large bowls and enjoy warm!!
Labels : Dessert Soup, East Indian, Soup, Sweet Potato, Jaggery, Cardamom Powder, Healthy, No Oil Or Butter, Vegan, Gluten free, Soup Swappers, 
Homemade, Coconut Milk
For Soup Swappers April 2021, we asked to "Share a soup that provides a link to your ancestry". and our Host is Sidsel of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking. 
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Oh my goodness. Homemade coconut milk!! Thanks so much for sharing your culture with us Sneha.

  2. Having soup for dessert is brilliant! This sounds amazing.

  3. I love that you shared a dessert soup - and the ingredients sound lovely together!

  4. I love this. We do make without sweet potatoes. Additions of this would be yummy and would love to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing your traditional soup.