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Goan and Portuguese cultures are strongly tied historically, this Goan coconut cookies recipe (receita de bolinhas de coco) shows the great fusion of both cuisines.
Goan Coconut Cookies Recipe
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Goan Coconut Cookies Recipe

Goan Coconut Cookies Recipe

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2 cups of grated coconut1 1/2 cups of semolina flour1 1/2 cups of sugarA pinch of salt2 tablespoons of butter2 eggs10 pods of cardamom, powdered3 tablespoons of maida flour1 teaspoon of baking powder

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  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, make a sugar syrup by heating the sugar in 1/2 a cup of water.
  2. Add the semolina flour and shredded coconut to the sugar syrup and mix it well.
  3. Now add the butter and keep stirring it.
  4. Once it has been stirred well and it has a smooth and even consistency, turn off the heat.
  5. Now add the eggs into the mixture and mix well.
  6. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods. Use a rolling pin to grind them into a powder and add to the mixture.
  7. Mix in the maida flour and baking powder as well.
  8. Knead the mixture into a dough until it is smooth and has an even consistency.
  9. Shape the dough into golf ball sized shapes.
  10. Flatten the balls with a knife and make three lines on both sides.
  11. Place them on a greased baking sheet.
  12. Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 355 degrees Fahrenheit.
  13. Cook until the tops of the cookies are browned.
  14. Once done remove from the oven and let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
Recipe & Photo Credit: easyportugueserecipes.com *

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