Tuesday

KALKAL / Kulkul – Goan Christmas Special Sweet

Recipe: Sweetened flour mix deep fried in shapes called kalkal!


The Europeans journey to India in search of spices came with an influence of culture and so came the new food and recipes. Much of Goan food is a combination of Portugese and Indian food, and Kalkal is one of these, although there might have been lot of other influences as well. Traditionally the Christmas goodies, called kuswar, are specially prepared by the Catholics in Goa and are distributed to neighbors, friends and relatives during Christmas.


Kalkal
Ingredients:
1+1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter (unsalted)
2 –3 drops of vanilla essence (optional)
pinch of salt
1/8 cup water*
oil for frying

Preparation Method:
A. Prepare the  dough (time : 10 -15 mins)
1. Combine the  flour,salt and powdered sugar. (taste for sweetness, add more or less according to preference)
2. Slightly melt the butter in another pan, and add this to the above mixture and prepare the dough by adding little water at time.
3. Leave the dough covered for 15 mins.


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Prepare Kulkul:
1. Make tiny balls (slightly bigger than pea) out of dough and place it on backside of the fork.(follow the pictures)
2. Press the ball, and roll to join the ends.(join the ends, or else they will open up while frying)
3. Heat oil in a kadai/skillet or frying vessel. The oil should not be very hot otherwise the kalkals will become dark brown but uncooked inside.
4. Keep heat on medium heat and deep fry kalkals.
5. Once they seem to light brown, remove them aside in a plate lined with paper.(these will continue to        cook even after they are removed for few minutes) 








Kalkal (8)

Note:
* Would need slightly little over 1/8 cup of water to make a dough.
Tips:
 Heat the oil first and then fry the kalkals on medium heat. If the oil is not hot, the kalkals will break
 If the ghee or butter is more in the dough, the kalkals might break off. So add little flour and  knead well.

30 comments:

nithya praveen said...

Hey what a coincidence,i jes made this today.Its my all time fav sweet:)

SE(Denufood) said...

Nithya....would love to see ur version

Deepa G Joshi said...

these look so nice..and I love the way you have explained it step by step..nice clicks..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear SE
Thanks for this nice Christmas gift.
You explained so nicely, just too good.It is absolutely new for me.
I want to make it ASAP as sweets will have priority over all dishes.
Have a nice time

prasu said...

wow.........cute goodies dear...we to do these we call them GAvvalu but slightly different......

Gulmohar said...

We make them too but sweeten it with sugar syrup..Didn't know of the Goan version..

Priya said...

We call it kulkul too..just love this sweet snacks, my all time favourite..have to make at home now..had it long back, urs pulling me to make out now itself..

Cham said...

My mom does the gulgul but I never attempted... This one is loaded of memories! Good :)

Silpa said...

Yummy. Its my only fav festival foods. We call them gavalu with little bit diff version.

kothiyavunu said...

We do make it..ur version sounds gr8 and looks more yummy!!Nice presentation!!..Will def try ur version,one of these days.:)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks absolutely delicious.

Nostalgia said...

Awesome.. we make this in Kerala and my part of kerala call it cheepappam (meaning looks like a comb :) )

PJ said...

Looks wonderful! and the picture illustrations are so helpful :)

SE(Denufood) said...

@Nostalgia...yes..these have diff names at diff places...back home we made use of combs to make these

Spice said...

nice explaination, looks very pretty....hey SE, few hours ago only I used all these ingredients though in different proportions to make some goodies....couldn't finish the process....gonna finish it off tomm.

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!!! that looks abslty delicious..
yummy..Love to grab it now.

Sushma Mallya said...

looks wonderful, never heard abt this sweet but seems really good and fun to make it too...thanks for the recipe and step by step pic is too good sharada...loved it..

s said...

love these...

Ms.Chitchat said...

That is a beautiful dish. The description is too good. Thanx for sharing such an easy and wonderful recipe.

Chitchat

kitchen queen said...

lovely kalkals with a detailed demo with pictures. My daughter's favourite.Thanks for sharing.

SE(Denufood) said...

hey all..thanks for the wonderful comments..do try these..fun to make with all the family together..

Tina said...

Wow super snack dear.....i want to try it now......Looks crispy and cute.

Joanne said...

These are so cute! Kind of like gnocchi, what with their ridges and all, but so sweet and delicious.

Siddhi Shirsat said...

Hey i like this sweet...its nice n crispy...nice clicks

Malar Gandhi said...

We call this with diff' name...also make spicy version. I never tried so far...looks crisp and nice.:)

Sara's Corner said...

Nice Kalkal thank you for visiting my blog and lovely comments. nice steps for the shape. just love it. will try it soon.

Yasmeen said...

Sweet delicacy!that's a neat trick,I shape gnocchi, the Italian pasta is similar way :D

Anonymous said...

Hi, I love the way you've explained with hints/tips & pictures. Thanks heaps. want to try this right away.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Could you pls tell me the consistency of the dough for the kulkuls. Thanks

SE said...

It is soft but like regular chapati/puri dough..

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