Christmas Special: Kulkul / Goan Christmas Cookies

How to prepare and fried Kulkuls / Goan Christmas Cookies

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Hello Everyone,
Kidyo or Kulkuls are the unique goodies prepared for the Christmas celebration, and they are most popular in the Goan region, and they are a traditional part of a sweets plate or to give to friends and neighbors. They are often called kidyo in Konkani; it's more appealing to think of them as shells or curls. They look superb after rolling and melt in mouth after frying.

          They are easy to prepare but takes time to roll each one on a fork, involve your kids, they might have fun to roll it and that way you'll be able to make a larger batch. They keep very well if stored in an airtight container, so you can make them ahead to enjoy the holidays. Kidyo or Kulkuls dough is semolina, and maida based confection flavored with coconut and vanilla or cardamom and then make a curl with a fork and deep-fried them. There are various recipes to make this Kulkuls, some deep-fried them and then deep it into sugar syrup or glazed with sugar syrup, or some are sweetened the dough well before molding into Kulkuls.
       So try this Goan delicacy, Kulkuls to made at home, that will make the Indian Christmas season even tastier and delightful!!!

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes; Cooking Time: 15 Minutes.

Each Serving of Kulkuls Contains 66 Cal.

Ingredients :
  1. All-purpose flour / Maida 1 cup
  2. Semolina ½ cup
  3. Butter/ghee 3 tbsp, melted
  4. Sugar 1 cup
  5. Salt 1 pinch
  6. Vanilla essence 1 tsp / Cardamom Powder 1 tsp
  7. Coconut milk / cream 2 tbsp (Optional)
  8. Water/milk to knead dough
  9. Veg oil for frying kulkuls

  1. In w mixing bowl add all purpose flour, semolina, salt, sugar, vanilla essence and melted butter and mix all well to resemble bread crumbs.
  2. Now, by using milk or water little at a time and knead to make soft, elastic and pliable dough.
  3. Place dough in a bowl, cover and keep aside
    for half-hour.
  4. After half an hour, it is time to mold dough into kulkuls.
  5. Now, take a small portion of dough and press it down on the back of a fork and roll to make curls.
  6. Using your fingers, press down lightly and flatten the dough into a uniformly thin rectangular shape that covers the fork or
  7. Now, roll the rectangle from one end to another with your fingers(As shown in the video). This indented rolled piece of dough is called as Kulkuls / Kidyo.
  8. Meanwhile, in a kadhai heat oil till hot, then drop the Kulkuls in small batches.
  9. Keep turning them frequently so that they cook uniformly on medium to low flame.
  10. Once done, drain them completely and transfer them to the kitchen towel/tissue.
  11. Tadaa, crunchy, yet soft Indian cookies are ready to serve. Enjoy!!!!

My Take :

  • Semolina needs more time to be softened, so you can cover and keep aside for 1 hour or till it gets soft.
  • If you like to dust with sugar powder then do it when they are still hot.
  • Let them cool completely, then store in an airtight container.
  • If you don't find coconut milk or cream you can totally avoid it.

Dietary Comments:

Based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Per serving Fried Kulkuls contains 66.16 calories, along with carbohydrates - 7.08 g, fats - 4.06 g, proteins - 0.62 g.  

Good Time To Eat :
           It's good to eat Kulkuls or Christmas cookies as a snack.
Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!


  1. Hari OM
    These are new to me - will be giving them a go! YAM xx

  2. These are just so wonderful! I love that they are egg free. Will show this to my no 2 who loves baking egg free desserts, because she has a bad allergy to eggs. Thanks Doc!


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