From Grandma’s Kitchen: Baath

During the Christmas season, a lot of Goan houses and local bakeries prepare Baath. This is a traditional Goan coconut cake. It has a soft, moist texture with a rich coconut flavour. Many Goans use similar versions of the recipe mentioned below to create this delicious local treat.


1/2 kg semolina

2 coconuts

6 eggs

4 cups of sugar

8 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp baking powder

rose water to taste



Scrape coconuts, avoiding the brown husk, and grind in rose water to form a fine paste. Beat eggs, sugar, and butter till fluffy. Add the semolina and mix well. Blend in the coconut paste and add salt and baking powder. Set aside for 12 hours or overnight, to rise. If the dough is a little stiff, add a little milk to soften. Grease some baking trays and pour in the mixture. Bake for 30-50 minutes in an oven (180 deg C) until done.