Kulkuls forms an integral part of the sweets distributed to family and friends during Christmas. Some say that its a form of Filhoses Enrolodas, the Portugese Christmas sweet, although if any of you know more about the history of Kulkuls, do feel free to share.
But for now, we have our Kulkul recipe, with a lot of pictures to ease you through the process of making this crunchy delight!
300 Gms Flour
3 Table Spoons Butter
50 Gms Castor Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
1 Egg Yoke
Coconut Milk for Kneading
Kulkuls are relatively simple to make and do take a bit of skill and as usual patience. Start off by melting the butter.
Pour the melted butter onto the flour, add the yoke to it. Next comes the vanilla essence.
Now that your Kulkul mixture is ready add the sugar to it add you can begin kneading.
To assist with the kneading add the coconut milk. Dont pour it all in one go, pour and knead so you don’t end up over doing it.
This shouldn’t take too long.
When the mixture begins to leave the vessel you know you’re getting done.
Finally, that wasn’t so tedious was it 🙂
Place a moist/damp cloth and place it over the dough for 10 minutes.
Post that your dough is ready to use, its time to now begin making the Kulkuls.
Take a small portion of the dough and spread it evenly
Once its flattened you need to roll it
Once its rolled, seal the edges by applying a little pressure with your fingers.
Your Kulkuls are ready to be fried, use a grease proof paper, to keep them until you make a bunch of them. Remember to add a little flour to the storing medium so the kulkuls don’t get stuck to it.
Lets take a look at making Kulkul shells now.
Roll a piece of dough
Just like a roti
Use a pastry cutter and cut the dough into squares, first cut it either horizontal or vertically.
Then the other way.
Once your squares are done, pick up one of the squares
Then the other two opposite ends from the other side.
Press the ends gently with your fingers and seal them
Your shell designs are ready to be fried.
Now that we have our bunch of Kulkuls ready, its time to heat up some oil.
Once the oil is hot, put in your first batch of Kalkals
Remove and place on a grease proof paper for the oil to drain out
There you go, your Kulkuls are ready. Have a good Goan Christmas 🙂