Christmas Delight: Crispy Kulkuls – A Sweet Symphony of Indian Festivity


One popular Indian Christmas recipe is “Kulkuls” or “Kidyo.” Kulkuls are sweet, deep-fried, bite-sized dough curls that are often made during Christmas in India. Here’s a simple recipe for making Kulkuls:

Kulkuls Recipe:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/2 cup semolina (sooji/rava)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, semolina, powdered sugar, baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
    • Gradually add coconut milk to the dry ingredients and knead to form a smooth, firm dough. Adjust the amount of coconut milk as needed.
  2. Shape the Kulkuls:
    • Pinch a small portion of the dough and roll it into a small ball.
    • Press the ball against the back of a fork or a special tool called “kalkal maker” to create a textured pattern. Roll the dough around the fork, sealing the ends to form a curled shape.
  3. Heat the Oil:
    • Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Ensure the oil is hot but not smoking.
  4. Fry the Kulkuls:
    • Carefully add the shaped kulkuls to the hot oil in small batches.
    • Fry until they turn golden brown and crispy. Stir occasionally for even frying.
  5. Drain and Cool:
    • Remove the fried kulkuls with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain excess oil.
    • Allow them to cool completely.
  6. Optional Dusting:
    • Once cooled, you can dust the kulkuls with powdered sugar for a sweet finish.
  7. Serve or Store:
    • Kulkuls are ready to be served. Enjoy these festive, sweet treats during Christmas!

Kulkuls are not only delicious but also a fun activity for families to come together and make during the Christmas season. They are often shared with friends and family as part of the festive celebrations.

What is the purpose of baking powder in the recipe?

Baking powder helps in making the Kulkuls light and airy. It contributes to the texture of the final product.

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