Kulkuls/Kalkals/Kidiyo/Glazed Sweet Curls - Goan Christmas Sweet

Today's visit in the culinary journey is a beautiful sea shore state Goa which is situated in West Coast of India.
Coming to the cuisine,as its situated in the coastal area,sea foods are much popular.The cuisine can be divided into two categories Hindu cuisine and Catholic Cuisine.
The Hindu cuisine is mostly vegetarian which includes rice,lentils and vegetables whereas the catholic cuisine is influenced by the Portuguese culture.
As the state has lot of coconut trees,coconut and coconut milk is extensively used in their food.
Coming to today's recipe it is  a sweet delicacy prepared during the Christmas.This sweet resembles the taste and shape of Thepi Gavvalu,made in Andhra.
Here I used the powdered sugar and dusted the fried kulkuls when it is hot to give a glazed effect.But a single string sugar syrup can be made and added to the fried kulkuls.This is sweet is mostly made with egg but I made the eggless version.Now off to the recipe...................

Basic Information

Preparation time ~ 30 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Makes ~21/2 cups(approximately)


All purpose flour/maida1 cup
Butter/vennai(unsalted)21/2 tbs
Powdered sugar1/2 cup
Salt1/4 tsp
Vanillafew drops
Milk/paalto knead(optional)
Oilfor frying


Put all the ingredients except oil in a bowl and mix it well.Sprinkle milk little by little and knead it to a soft stiff dough.Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.

Now take a small round ball(a blueberry size) and keep in on the back side of the fork and flatten it.Then roll to make a shell/curl.Keep the shells on a plate.

Heat the pan with oil and deep fry it on a medium flame till the sizzling sound ceases and becomes golden.Remove it and drain it on a paper towel.Immediately transfer the fried shells to a separate plate and sprinkle the powdered sugar,mix it well.

Store it in an air tight container after it cools down completely.


  • Do not keep the rolled shells for a long time as it doesn't hold the shape.Make the shells for each batch.
  • Addition of milk is purely optional.
  • I melted the butter in the microwave and added it.
  • Instead of fork,a clean new comb can be used to get the shapes.
  • Frying it in the medium heat is very important to get a golden colored kulkuls.
  • While frying the kulkuls puff up so don't add too much.
  • If you feel the dough stick to the fork then dust the fork with the flour and if the shape doesn't hold slightly  pinch it to hold.


Lovely snack from Goa and this is super yummy

This looks very yumm. Loved the way it is prepared shaping with a fork.. Well explained dear.

Looks so yumm aks... Its in my to-do list...but yet to try... Looks crispy...

I wanted to make these too but the shaping part backed me off...After seeing your pictorials i want to try to make them. They look so awesome!

delicious and very tempting!!! helpful stepwise!! bookmarking it!!

We make similar sweet in Andhra called gavvalu or shells. Yours turned out perfect.

Wish I too could prepare such a delicious looking sweet.

I want some to munch rite now, very addictive kulkuls..My neighbour aunty makes prefect kulkuls like u Nalini.

I remember seeing these shells somewhere. .totally love them. They look so so pretty. .amazed at your patience in shaping them
Beautifully done.

Looking at the pictures even I was thinking the same, these look like gavvalu.

wow such an deliicous and yummy snack to munch just can't take my eyes off the clicks :) fantastic captures ..

amazing kulkuls the captures are truly stunning :) love it

i love the pictorial of how to make those cute shapes.. very useful. kulkuls look yummy

Looks so yumm. I love the way you have captured these cuties...

Theepi Gavvalu for us!! Amazing that the same dish in different parts of the country!

yummy treat for sure - must be great kid pleaser

Yes I was just about to say!..I love these and enjoyed making these..lovely clicks Nalini..

Wow Nalini I am wondering if you notice your bowl of kulkuls is missing. I too them. They looked to beautiful to be left there in the bowl. Delicious

They look so tempting & sure will be good to snack on any time. They look similar to gavvalu we make in andhra with some variations.

So wonderful and cute snacks , bookmarked!

nice clicks..looking good
I love cooking..I will try it soon

Thanks for making this! It helped me with my report soo much!!

Thank you a billion times!! You wouldn't believe how long I've been looking for this recipe. My mom had a coworker who's wife would make these for me when I was a teen since I lost touch with that nice lady I've been searching but I've been calling it khari 15 years later I've been reunited...and it tastes so good!!!!!!

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