It was exciting to make these sweet crunchy Christmas sweets with my sons. They enjoy trying different foods and want to learn to cook. They love watching Food Networks. It made me happy to pass my traditions and reminded me of my childhood doing the same with my family a week before Christmas. All the excitement, fun of going caroling home to home around our parish, making home cribs, decorating the Christmas trees, participating in singing competitions and going for Christmas Dances. Christmas was a day spent in exchanging Christmas sweets with family, friends and close neighbors.
This recipe of Kulkuls and Carambolas( Kormolas) is a 2-in-1. Kulkuls are shaped just like the Italian gnocchi, which are shaped on the back of a fork. Carambolas are made by rolling the dough thinly and then cutting them into 2″ inch squares and pinching the opposite ends together to form into a conch shell. The dough is made with just 6 basic ingredients and has no eggs. Flour, coconut milk, butter/ghee, sugar, cream of wheat( rava, for crunch), pinch of salt and then deep-fried golden brown.
Variations in this recipe.
1) Egg is added to the dough.
2) After being deep-fried sugar is sprinkled or it is dipped in sugar syrup.
3) Cardamom powder is added to the dough.
Serving Size: 8-10
3 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups approx of coconut milk
5 tbsp of medium cream of wheat / rava
6 tbsp of fine sugar
3 tbsp of melted butter or ghee
pinch of salt
Mix the flour and cream of wheat then add the melted butter and mix it well into the flour.
Next add the sugar and salt, mix well it into the dry flour mixture.
Finally knead the flour with coconut milk to form a moist dough. Cover with a moist kitchen towel and let set for about 10-15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
To make carambolas roll the dough thin and then with a pizza cutter cut to make approx 2″ squares.
Pinch the opposite ends to together as shown in the above image.
Place on parchment paper and cover with a moist kitchen towel till all the dough is used.
To make kulkuls make small dough balls the size of a dime and roll on the back of the fork.
Continue the above step till all the dough is used.
Heat oil in a deep-frying pan and deep fry the shaped dough till golden brown.
Drain on paper towel. Let cool totally and then store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
Enjoy for Christmas celebration’s or with a nice cup of hot tea or coffee.