Sheila makes Kul-kuls for Christmas and sustains a tradition

Sheila D’Souza, a resident of East Circular Road in .Mandavelipakkam is working a furious pace in her kitchen and around. She has to prepare a few home-made snacks before her son and his family fly down

On Monday, Sheila finished the first round of Kul-kuls and has put them away in a storage box; but these may not be enough and she will have to make time for a second round of Kul-kuls.

“Making even small batches of sweets for Christmas is a nice feeling,” says Sheila who teaches children, does social and community work and is a busy bee.

On Sunday, she was busy all day at the Pop Up Sale of the Alumni Club in the Boat Club zone.

She expects her son and family, flying in from Vietnam to beĀ  home here mid-week.

Sheila says she may have time to make a few more goodies before the weekend. “This is a tradition that we have kept,” she says.


Here is Sheila’s Kul Kul recipe –

1 cup flour ( maida)
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 cup rava
1/4 cup ghee
A little water to bind the flour together.

Mix the rava and ghee in a bowl and keep for about 5 minutes.
Mix the flour and salt. Then add the ghee and rava into the flour and mix it well. Add a little water at a time and knead to a stiff dough. Form into small ball and make the kulkuls on a fork. Fry in medium hot oil. Drain and cool. Can be serve as it is or sugar coated.

Very light sugar coating
Put 1tbsp sugar in 1 tbsp water and 1 crushed cardamom in a pan. let it melt and thicken. Do not let it brown. Add the Kulkuls and keep stirring till all the kulkuls are coated remove and cool well before storing it in air tight containers.