Neureos – Deep Fried Sweet Coconut Dumplings

12 Dec

No Christmas in Goa is complete without the Christmas Sweet Platters made up of Neureos, kulkuls, Bebinca, Dodol, Doce, Kokada, Jujups(Sugar coated square gummies) and Marzipan (made of cashew’s). Coconut plays a major role in the Goan Christmas sweet making.

 neureos-sweet-karanji-goan-christmas-sweets-maharashtraIn Goa Christmas sweet making preparations would start a week to 10 days early. Since my mom was a working mother it was fun for us to watch her and the hired help make each sweet separately after school. The smell of the deep-fried Neureos, Kulkuls would make our mouths water. Before the start of the sweet preparations tradition called for a dough cross to be fried first so that all the preparations and hard-work would be blessed with a tasty outcome. Traditions also called for making a lot of the sweets to share and exchange with immediate family, friends and close neighbors which is called as consuada. But these traditions are now a dying traditions as people are more busy and ready to eat Goan Christmas sweets are much more easily available in the markets.

My recipe of neureos may be different from others. There are variations in the dough where cream of wheat is added for a slight crunch to the crust and the filling is made with roasted cream of wheat along with the grated coconut. I have cut the sugar as I do not enjoy my sweets or desserts to be too sweet and I have not included the cream of wheat in the filling. If you would like to add to my recipe the please do in the comment section. I would love to hear how you do yours.

Serving Size: 35-40


For Filling:

8.2 oz of frozen grated coconut

3.3oz dehydrated coconut

1 1/4 cup of granulated sugar (you can add more if you want it sweeter)

1/4 cup of slivered almonds or crushed cashews

3/4 cup raisins

8 cardamom

1/4 cup of water

pinch of salt


On medium heat make a syrup of sugar and water. Add coconut, nuts and stir till the mixture thickens.

Then add the raisins, crushed cardamoms and cook till dry while stirring continuously on medium heat.

Set aside and let cool. Divide the mixture in equal portions about approx 35-40.

neureos-sweet-karanji-goan-christmas-sweets-ingredients-fillingFor Dough :

2 cups of regular flour (please do not use self rising)

2 tbsp of cream of wheat /rava/ semolina (optional)

3 tbsp of melted butter / ghee

1/4 tsp of salt

3/4 cup approx water for dough texture


Mix all the above ingredients together till a nice soft dough is formed.

Let stand for 1 hour. Divide the dough in equal parts approx 35-40 round ball pieces. Cover with a moist towel so that the dough balls do not dry.

Then roll each dough ball to be an approx 4″ circle. Add the filling to the circle. Fold to a half-moon shape and seal the open ends with your fingers dipped in water. Press with the edge of your fork for a decorative look.

Deep fry till lightly browned and crust is crispy.

neureos-sweet-karanji-goan-christmas-sweets-filling-diwaliCool and enjoy with a nice cup of tea.


69 Responses to “Neureos – Deep Fried Sweet Coconut Dumplings”

  1. mihrank December 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    wow – this is always impressive recipe, you always remind me of my grandmother preparing those delicious dish!

    • Nandini December 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      Thanks Mihrank, that’s good to know πŸ™‚

  2. Jueseppi B. December 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegroβ„’.

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 4:26 am #

      Jueseppi, Thanks a lot for the reblog πŸ™‚

  3. cindy knoke December 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    these look delicious~

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 4:28 am #

      Thank You Cindy, It does put you in the Christmas mood :-).

  4. deepsouthdigs December 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Looks tasty!

  5. Scentsy by Smarter Scents December 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Can’t wait to try making these! They look and sound delicious!!

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 4:32 am #

      They are…I hope you do give it a try. Would love to hear back how it went πŸ™‚

  6. conniecockrell December 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    This sounds yummy and my hubby loves coconut desserts. Since I’m Celiac, I’d have to modify the recipe but I’d be willing to give it a try. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      Connie, a corn masa flour may work as a substitute for the dough. Do let me know if you do try it how it works out πŸ™‚

      • conniecockrell December 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

        Thanks. That’s very helpful. I’ll pin this to my Pinterest page so I don’t lose it. Thanks for stopping by my blog once more.

  7. linnetmoss December 13, 2014 at 4:30 am #

    These look delicious! And what are the other items on the tray? The colored fruits look like marzipan, and maybe there is also a tart with caramelized sugar on top?

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 8:19 am #

      Thank You Linnet!. You guessed right the colored fruits are cashew marzipan. The dark black square is called Dodol made with coconut jaggery, coconut milk and wheat flour. The circle cake is called Bebinca a multi-layered cake made of eggs, coconut milk and flour. The curly pasta is called as Kulkuls, deep fried sweet dough made with coconut milk, flour, eggs and sugar. The yellow squares is called Doce made with gram dal, grated coconut, cardamom and sugar. The cookies are called Bolinhos, made with cream of wheat, grated coconut, sugar and eggs. Finally the black rectangle cake is called as Plum Cake, made with dry fruits and nuts, brandy πŸ™‚

      • linnetmoss December 13, 2014 at 8:28 am #

        Wow! Lots of treasures there. I see some European influences, as with the plum cake and marzipan, but with local ingredients ingeniously used. You have made me very hungry!
        The idea of cashew marzipan is really interesting. I will have to check into that.

  8. deutschtrailers December 13, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much and happy weekend Nandini…πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 8:06 am #

      Thank You! You too have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  9. DesignsbyJeanneR December 13, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    Yummy, these look especially good!

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 8:04 am #

      Thanks Jeanne πŸ™‚

  10. December 13, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    These look yummy!

  11. December 13, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    These look yummy!

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 8:05 am #

      They are…I hope you do give it a try πŸ™‚

  12. Sandhya December 13, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Hi Nandini,
    The neureos are making my mouth water. They are also called nevris in Konkani, right? I really enjoyed reading about making the sweets for Christmas and the traditions.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Nandini December 15, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Hi Sandhya,
      Wishing you too Happy Holidays! The locals call it both ways, just depends if you grew up in the south or north part of Goa. I am happy you enjoyed the post :-). Tc n Regards.

  13. skd December 13, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Hi Nandini ☺ This looks gorgeously delicious πŸ‘

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      Thank You… they are delicious πŸ™‚

  14. jmsabbagh December 13, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Hi Nandini,luscious recipes.Have a wonderful weekend.(Thank you for stopping by.) Jaalal

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

      Thank You Jaalal. You too have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  15. Serena @ foodfulife December 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    ooooh yes please! These fried coconut dumpling are amazing!!

    • Nandini December 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Sure Serena come on over πŸ™‚

  16. fromthefamilytable December 14, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Wow, do those look delicious!

  17. Msz Know-It-All December 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    These remind me of a north Indian sweet, gujiya. Coconut, raisins, khoya and deep fried in flour encasing. Super yummy Nandini… πŸ™‚
    And thank you so so much for the follow :)! Yay

    • Nandini December 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

      Yes that’s right, my friend from Delhi mentioned it to me :-).

  18. Gosia December 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Coconut i love coconut! πŸ™‚

  19. Anna Waldherr December 18, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Made me hungry just to read this (LOL). Thanks for sharing! Have a good holiday.

    • Nandini December 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      Happy Holidays to you too Anna πŸ™‚

  20. April S. December 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh, wow, these look delicious!

    • Nandini December 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      Thanks April πŸ™‚

  21. jcheesecakex December 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    As someone who has never tried Goan food before I’m so keen to try this! Looks absolutely delicious πŸ˜€

    • Nandini December 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      I hope you do give it a try someday. It’s like eating a deep fried crunchy sweet wonton.

  22. mihrank December 23, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    wow – my grandmother did prepare this dish today, delicious!

    • Nandini December 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      That is good to know Mihran πŸ™‚

  23. Priyanka December 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    looks so amazing! definitely going to try these! πŸ™‚

    • Nandini December 27, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      Thanks Much Priyanka, I hope you do give it a try πŸ™‚

  24. joycevandenbergporter December 30, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    Yum! These look delicious!

    • Nandini December 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Thank You Joyce πŸ™‚

  25. Aquileana January 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    I’d love to eat these… There are a similar kind of food here called empanadas… You can eat them baked or fried… Best wishes!, Aquileana πŸ˜€

    • Nandini January 3, 2015 at 8:36 am #

      Aquileana, yes I know Empanadas, love them. In Goa we have something similar made with pork we call it Empadinhas. Happy New Years!

  26. Maylee at Beyond Gumbo March 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Thanks for liking my blog! I absolutely love your posts, too, and am always envious of the things you make.

    • Nandini March 3, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

      You are so welcome πŸ™‚

  27. Sole Brun April 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    Looks so yummy!

  28. trishlee75 July 7, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    OMG! Looks delish! And there is nothing I won’t put in a wonton wrapper. Thanks for sharing! Definitely trying this one!

    • Nandini July 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

      Thank You so much Trish. I am excited that you are going to give this recipe a try. Let me know πŸ™‚

  29. milfordstreet December 29, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    This sounds utterly amazing.

    • Nandini December 30, 2015 at 11:14 am #

      Thank You so much. We cannot resist eating more than 2, 3 at a time πŸ™‚

  30. Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk January 8, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    These are glorious! What do folks with gluten and bloid sugar issues do? Seriously!

    • Nandini January 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

      Thank You so much. It is a sad situation to be in, hope I had an alternative.

  31. nerakc1 January 13, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Oh….I absolutely love coconut these sound so different and delicious. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nandini January 15, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

      Thank You Luce so much. I am happy to know that πŸ™‚

  32. Conversations in Ubers January 3, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    I grew up on North Indian food and once I started being able to eat out on my own I realized how much I was missing out on. I absolutely love South Indian food and coconut is one of my favorite flavors. I’ll try to make something like this (I don’t have all the ingredients) next weekend!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

      That is so awesome to know that you will give this a try. Thank You!


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