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Gram Sweet (Doce)

  • Duration: 35 mins
  • Serves: 8-10 people
  • Spice Level: Zero

Authenticity Slice

This sweet has a grainy texture and a thick consistency. The trick to getting the right consistency is to not pre-soak the gram dal for more than 25 mins before cooking it.

Trivia Tadka

Doce is a favourite dessert of Goans that is easy to make and a delicacy that is enjoyed by the young or old. Warm or cold, any which way, this dessert is a winner. 


  • Green gram dal (moong dal) (2 cups)
  • Semolina (sooji) (1/2 cup)
  • Sugar (1 1/2 cups)
  • Coconut (nariyal), grated (1 cup)
  • Blanched almonds (badam), sliced (1/2 cup)
  • Cardamom powder (elaichi) (2 tsp)
  • Salt (1 tsp)
  • Water (3 cups)


  • Wash dal and soak in water for 30 mins.
  • Drain dal, add 1 1/2 cup fresh water, salt and cook on a low flame for 10–12 mins until the dal softens.
  • Coarsely grind coconut and almonds and set aside.
  • Grind cooked dal without adding water to a smooth paste and set aside.
  • In a heavy-bottomed pan, add 1 1/2 cup water, sugar and cardamom and cook for 5–8 mins until a thick syrup forms.
  • Remove the pan from the flame, add the almond-coconut paste, semolina and dal paste. Stir well.
  • Now place the pan back on the stove and cook for 10–12 mins until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball.
  • Remove from the flame and spread on a greased thali or mould; allow it to cool.
  • Cut into diamond shape and serve.

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