Christmas is around the corner and it brings back sweet childhood memories.  We had many Catholic neighbours and it was fun to see the artistically decorated Christmas tree, Christmas crib  and the stars.  Food being an integral part of every celebration, there were different sweets prepared during Christmas. They prepared kulkuls, rose cookies, newris, marzipan, milk cream etc.

Today, I made a small batch of kulkuls. These are crispy deep fried  sweets made of maida. There are various recipes of kulkuls. Some make them using eggs, some make it using  coconut milk, some add the kulkuls to a sugar syrup,  etc. But, I have followed my recipe of shankarpali to make this delicious snack/sweet. Here’s the recipe:


1 cup refined flour (maida)
¼ cup semolina (rava)
2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
¼ cup powdered sugar (pisi hui cheeni)
A pinch of salt (namak)
½ cup milk (doodh)
Oil for frying the kulkul


  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee and keep it aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add maida, rava and hot ghee.
  • Mix everything with a spoon. 
  • After the ghee is mixed well with maida and rava, give it a good mix using your fingers.
  • Add powdered sugar, salt and mix.
  • Add milk little at a time and knead into a firm, smooth dough. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, knead the dough again and make tiny balls of the dough.
  • Place a dough ball on the back side of the fork.
  • Press it and spread the dough and curl the dough from one end to the other and prepare kulkuls.


  • Repeat with rest of the dough and prepare kulkuls.
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry them till they are golden brown in colour.
  • Kulkuls are ready to be served.
  • Cool and store in air-tight container and serve as required.