Kul Kuls are my favorite sweet treat over the holidays. It’s fair to say that it doesn’t feel quite like Christmas, unless I make a batch of these crispy deep fried dough springs. This recipe is adapted from my Aunty Celie’s recipe that I prepared a few years ago. The recipe is pretty much the same,
I just added some semolina for extra crispiness. This special dough is made with flour, eggs, milk, sugar and the star ingredient – melted ghee. This turns the dough into a golden hue. The dough is then flattened and rolled on a comb to create a spring like look.
I don’t really have any memories of Rose Cookies growing up, but after we moved to Canada, I was quickly adopted by a wonderful woman who treated me like her own daughter. Every year she would make sure we were invited over with the rest of her family at Christmas and as our family grew our kids expected to be at Aunty Pam’s for Christmas. Many of the Goan traditions that I did not experience as a kid, mostly because I just wasn’t paying attention, was quickly learned and appreciated by spending time under her roof.
One of my fondest memories were her large oversized steel tins also known as dhabbas which she likely imported from India that she would fill with Christmas goodies. One or more of these tins were always filled with Rose Cookies and I was always getting into trouble for opening it way too many times. I don’t really have a sweet tooth, but I loved the crunchy texture and the slight sweetness. I never bothered making these myself … why do it when Mama Pam was always around? Till one day she announced that she was leaving for Dubai! Her items were put into storage and her kids took stuff they could use. A lot of stuff got dumped in my garage in transit going to her daughter’s home in Ottawa. And there were the tins. Her daughter Tammy decided that she would have no use or space for those tins, and I happily took them off her hands.