Bolo de Rulao – Batica

26 Sep

This recipe has many names, Bolo ( “Cake” in Portuguese), Bolo de Rulao (Cream of wheat Cake) and Batica. It’s a poor men cake. This cake is more popular in the villages(town) then the city.


Bolo de Rulao – Batica

Bolo de Rulao is made during Christmas along with the popular Doce (Garbanzo Coconut Bars), also as a gift from the bride’s household a day before the wedding to the grooms when her personal belongings, gift and the silent word dowry (shhh….) is sent to her future home and when Mother Mary’s statue visits devotees homes from the local church. It is called as Litany(Ladainha), where the rosary is recited as a community, the Litany is sang in Latin and Konkani and then home-made sweets are shared with some local alcohol and soda’s. Goa has the most number of Churches and Chapels then other states in India. I have fond memories of these celebrations growing up. I hope someday when we visit Goa with my kids we will get a chance to experience it one more time. You can watch a video on YouTube to better understand here.


Batica has a Corn Bread texture and is a little dry. It is recommended to let the batter stand for 9-10 hours or overnight as the cake will be soft. A lot of online recipes use butter but the authentic version does no need butter. Butter or ghee is used only to line the pan so the cake does not stick.


Servings: 9″ cake, 6-8 pieces



1 cup cream of wheat/ rava/ semolina

1 cup sugar white or brown

1 cup fresh / frozen grated coconut

7 eggs separated ( 7 yolks + 1/2 cup of whites)

8 cardamom seeds powered

1/2 tsp of baking powder

Butter to line the 9″ cake pan

Pinch of salt




* Toast the cream of wheat/semolina on a non-stick pan for approx 8-9 minutes on medium heat by constantly sauteing to remove the rawness and gives it a nice nutty and toasty texture. Keep aside to cool.

* In a mixing bowl whisk sugar, 7 yolks and 1/2 cup of egg white approx a cup, till it mixes well. Then add the grated coconut, mix and finally add the toasted cream of wheat. Mix, cover and let it stand for at-least 9-10 hours before you bake it.

* Set oven to 375F and add the baking powder, mix well. Pour the mixture in a 9″ cake pan that was lined with butter and bake it for 20-25 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.


Bol de Rulao – Cream of Wheat Cake

Enjoy it with a nice hot cup of tea.


45 Responses to “Bolo de Rulao – Batica”

  1. Marie Shelton September 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to give this a try!

    • Nandini September 27, 2014 at 8:48 am #

      Thank Marie, let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  2. hungrybreton September 27, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    Very good, I learnt a lot this morning! πŸ˜‰

  3. Loretta September 27, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    Oh I love this, and I remember it very well. It could go very well with my tea right now πŸ™‚

    • Nandini September 27, 2014 at 8:29 am #

      Then come on over Loretta, lets chit-chat over Chai πŸ™‚

  4. misterbeebop September 27, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Looks so good!

  5. MarlisB September 27, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    I must try this. My daughter is nuts about coconut.

    • Nandini September 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

      Marlis, I hope your daughter enjoys it as much as I did πŸ™‚

  6. letmebakeinpeace September 28, 2014 at 5:33 am #

    This looks really tasty. Thanks for the like on my post, you have a very interesting blog.

    • Nandini September 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

      You are so welcome πŸ™‚

  7. deelightfullyveg September 28, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    Totally wow!!!

    • Nandini September 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

      Thanks Deepa, that’s really sweet of you to say πŸ™‚

  8. afracooking September 28, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Simple perfection – simply perfect!

    • Nandini September 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      Thank you so much Afra πŸ™‚

  9. Intrepid Pantry September 28, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    I will have to try this sometime. Coconut and cardamom are great together!

    • Nandini September 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      Yes they are a perfect combo πŸ™‚

  10. Shamim September 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Love coconut! will have to try this recipe to have with afternoon tea. Thanks for stopping my blog Nandini! I appreciate it πŸ™‚

    • Nandini September 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      You are so welcome Shamim :-). It goes well with Chai.

  11. wersojourners September 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    That looks wonderful.
    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini October 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      You are welcome πŸ™‚

  12. sabineyoga September 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    I have oven envy. πŸ’šπŸ˜Š

  13. sabineyoga September 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    I think it’s really funny that it’s poor man’s cake – with 7 eggs. πŸ˜³πŸ°β˜•οΈ

  14. mistermaxxx08 October 2, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    it looks really good to me and i need to try that. peace

  15. Hermans Fashion October 3, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Ottima ricetta …… Baci

  16. Monavie Voight October 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Oh, this looks and sounds delicious!

    • Nandini October 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you so much…it sure is very delicious πŸ™‚

      • nina October 12, 2014 at 8:55 am #

        saving this recipe in my hard drive

        • Nandini October 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

          That is so awesome, Thank you πŸ™‚

  17. Maccabros October 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    looks all very good – think I try to make it…



  18. barbaraarenburg October 12, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    Love the look of this recipe (and site!). Great photos too. All very well done. I look forward to trying this recipe. You sold me right away when I saw the cup of tea with it.

    • Nandini October 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      Thank you Barbara for your wonderful words, that was very kind of you. And yes we all love our tea πŸ™‚

  19. nataliescarberry February 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie πŸ™‚

    • Nandini February 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

      You are so welcome Natalie.

  20. quirkywritingcorner May 31, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner.

    • Nandini June 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog πŸ™‚

  21. Steve September 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    The mix needs to soften before baking, isn’t it? But to be stored in fridge for 9 hours or outside?

    • Nandini September 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

      Yes you can soak it in the fridge to make it softer πŸ™‚


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