Christmas in India means
bringing out the old treasured recipes written on paper that is
falling apart. This treasured recipe preparation usually
involves the whole family. Its like baking cookies with your kids here
in the US. These Indian Christmas cookies are called Kulkuls.
This recipe originated
in Goa. Like most Goan sweets, it contains coconut. It is tradition
that this along with other Christmas cookies and cakes are distributed
to friends and family.
- 1 lb plain flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup coconut milk
(Thai coconut milk or any other)
- 3 tablespoons
- Oil for frying
flour and salt and, add the butter which has been cut into pieces. Mix
gently. Beat the egg yolks, then add them to the mixture. Mix
well, but gently. Add the sugar and coconut milk now and mix the dough
till it is pliable and soft.
Form 1 inch sized balls
of the dough. Grease the ends of a fork and flatten out the dough with
it to form a 2 inch by 1 inch rectangle with ridges. Then roll up the
flattened dough from one side to the other. It should resemble a tight
Heat the oil in a deep
pan on medium flame, and fry the kulkuls in it, turning them over till
they are light golden brown in color. Carefully remove the fried
kulkuls from the hot oil.
For Sugared Kulkuls
Cook 1 cup sugar with 4 tablespoons
water in a pan on medium heat. Stir cook the syrup for 5 minutes till
it thickens. Now toss the kulkuls carefully in this syrup. Remove
gently. Cool and store in an airtight jar.
You may even dust them
with powdered sugar after they are fried.
Adding colors like red,
and green will give you colored kulkuls.