Bolinhas / Rava Cookies

Bolinha is a traditional and signature treat of Goan dessert.  And in Portuguese, it’s call Bolinhas de Coco. As Goan and Portuguese cultures are strongly bound historically, this dessert shows the great fusion of both cuisines. These are sweet and smooth tasting cookies made with grated coconut, cardamom, eggs, and its unique flavour, it pretty simple to prepare and perfect for baking up in a batch.
This cookie I really delish when I was a child my mum use to prepare these cookies and kept to relish at tea time and it’s paired with a Cuppa black tea/coffee because it’s sweet and I prefer black tea/coffee, it depends on each choice.
These cookies mine & my princess favourite too, I am glad she too relish, my traditional food, since they are missing a lot being far away from Goa, but I make a point to treat them the Goan Traditional Food what my mum use to treat us when we were kids.
Bolinhas is cookies mostly prepare during the Christmas festive and add to Christmas goodies for family and friends, it made with semolina and coconut, sugar, eggs, nutmeg/ cardamom the aroma of baking will spread after few second, and encompass the whole house.

Cuisine – Goan.
Recipe Courtesy My Mum.
1 Medium Sized Coconut – (250 gram)
1/4 Kg Rawa
1/4 Kg Sugar
1 Tbsp Ghee
3 Tbsp spoons Maida
10  Almond / Cardamon
1 Leveled Tsp Baking Powder
3 Eggs
1 Egg White to brush cookies
1 tsp.  Cardamom
1 Pinch Salt
1. Make a sugar syrup by heating the sugar in 1/2 a cup of water, while the sugar is melting on a slow flame, grind the coconut in 1/4th cup of water.
2. Once the coconut is ground, stir the sugar that should have nearly dissolved by now, Add the Rawa to the sugar syrup and incorporate well.
3. Add the ground coconut to this mixture, incorporate well and add the pinch of salt, add the ghee and keep stirring it, Until it incorporates well.
4.Once you stir it up, you can take the mixture off the fire, separate the egg yolks and egg white in a bowl add the egg yolk in the cookies mixture, incorporate well then add cardamom, incorporate well then maida and baking powder, incorporate well.
5. Now beat the one egg white till it’s fluffy., add it to the cookie mixture. and incorporate well, cookies dough’s ready keep for 3 – 4 hours or overnight ( I kept overnight)
6. Preheat the oven to 180 C, next day or after 3 – 4 hours take a cookies mixture made a round shape and flatten it on top, do the remaining cookies mixture and then, take a bowl to add egg white and beat with 1 tbsp. water and brush the cookies and then press one almond/cardamon on top,  now get ready to bake.
7. Grease the baking tray, and place them in the tray leaving the space in between cookies, and bake them around 15 – 20 minutes and see if the base is firm by moving a Bolinhas on the tray. If it’s cooked, switch over to top heat and bake till the top gets lightly pink or slightly brown, switch off the oven.
8. Place Bolinhas on a cooling rack and rest for 10  – 15 minutes, meantime make a tea or coffee, and relish with Bolinas.
Note : 
Take a dough and shape it like a cutlet. Flatten the top of it and next get a butter knife to press a few lines into the dough to make a design.
You can store the above mixture either overnight, for 6 to 8 hours, or do it instantly. It’s best you store it for a few hours and then proceed.
Can also use Almond or Cardamon to bake it equally taste awsome


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