Kulkuls are an Indian biscuit that is made in most (all?) regions of India for Christmas.

They’re easy to make and the kids will have fun BUT make sure an adult does the frying and heating the syrup.

We made some yesterday – it was great timing as our Santa letters arrived afterwards so we nibbled on yummy Indian Kulkuls while reading Australian themed Santa letters! Some port for parents, milk for kids, and it made a really nice family evening:)

So, onto the Kulkul recipe…

You need:

  • 1 kilo of flour
  • 1 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 8 Tablespoons sugar (very fine so use castor sugar or grind some other sugar yourself)
  • 4 eggs.


Beat the eggs, then mix in with the baking powder and flour. Add in the sugar, cardamom and coconut milk.

Knead the dough then cover with a damp cloth for about 30 minutes.

Separate the dough into small portions and roll into balls (remember playing with play dough as a kid?) Flatten the balls with the back of a fork, leaving lines in it, then curl up the edges a bit before deep-frying in small batches.

Drain on paper towel or newspaper.

Heat 2 cups of sugar to 6-8 Tablespoons of water until sugar is dissolved.

Place kulkuls in the syrup to absorb the syrup, then put aside to let the sugar harden.

Store in airtight containers.

Note – ghee is a form of fat used a lot in Indian cooking. Instead of ghee, you can use shortening or a light margarine.