Goan Doce (Doce de Grão)

Doce means ‘sweet’ and grao ‘grain’ in Portuguese, is a Goan sweet that requires very few ingredients but a lot of patience and tremendous amount of stirring. The end result is a simple sweet that still ends up getting consumed too soon. Doce is made during Christmas time, weddings and special occasions. It is also available in the local market throughout the year. This recipe belongs to my husbands Grandma Rosita Pinto.
  • Passive
    15 mins
  • Prep
    20 mins
  • Cook
    1 Hour
  • Servings
    160 Pc.


  • 1 kg Chana dal (split gram dal)
  • 2 kg Granulated white sugar
  • 8 Coconuts (Grated)
  • 200 grams Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 2 tsp Cardomom powder


  • 1 Boil the chana dal till soft. Grind to a fine paste.
  • 2 Grate the coconuts and grind to a fine paste. Mix the ground coconut, sugar and chana dal well.
  • 3 Keep on a slow fire and keep stirring continuously with a spatula or flat wooden spoon. After half an hour of stirring add the ghee and cardamom powder.
  • 4 Continue stirring till the mixture until it starts leaving the sides of the pan and forms a ball.
  • 5 Spread some ghee on kitchen surface and roll the mixture out while still hot. Keep for about 10 minutes and then make design using a fork.
  • 6 Cut diamond shaped pieces. Cool completely.

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