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Bolinhas - Goan Coconut Cookies

Bolinhas - Goan Coconut Cookies with semolina and flavored with cardamom are perfect for tea time - Indian style. These rich cookies represent Goa's past as part of Portuguese India. Read all about this part of India's history. Try this recipe with your kids and teach them a little history while baking.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time25 mins
resting time1 hr
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Goan
Servings: 18 cookies
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Chef Mireille


  • 14 oz. frozen grated coconut defrosted
  • 1 ½ cups semolina
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 egg white


  • Grind the coconut in a food processor until very fine.
  • In a saucepan, dissolve sugar in 1/2 cup water on a low flame, until the sugar dissolves.
  • Simmer for 2-3 minutes
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, add the semolina and mix well, cooking for 2-3 minutes, until thickened.
  • Add coconut, salt and ghee, stirring until the mixture is well combined and homogenous.
  • It will be a thick porridge consistency.
  • Let it cool for a few hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet with non stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  • Add egg yolks and ground cardamom to semolina mix.
  • Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg white until you have stiff peaks.
  • On a floured work surface, take a few tablespoons of the dough and roll in the flour.
  • Taking about 2-3 tablespoons at a time for each cookie, form into small disks and place on cookie sheet.
  • Using a knife, make a criss cross pattern on the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cookies are firm and a little golden brown on the bottom.



Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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