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Monday, December 23, 2019

Kormolas | Goan Christmas Special | Flower Bud Cookies (Step by Step Pics) & My 900th Post :)

900 posts so far ?? I just can't believe my eyes that I tried, tasted and posted so many recipes in my small space here. Thanks to all my lovely friends who have always encouraged me to try out newer recipes and last but not the least my family who have been the best critics till day. I would also like to thank all my blogger friends who have been part of my small journey since 2011, whom I have hardly met yet are close to my heart. Love you all !!

Today's post is yet another Christmas special that I prepared. Kormolas or Carambolas are a Goan Christmas special which are made as part of Kuswar. These homemade goodies are distributed to family and friends during Christmas. Kulkul is also one of them that I posted earlier. The sweetened dough of Kormolas is shaped like a flower bud and deep fried. These are yet another simple recipe to put together and can be made easily except for the shape. It took me few initial tries before I actually could make decent ones. The shelf life of this snack is more than a week. The taste is sweet and texture is a sweet flaky one with the use of ghee. The recipe is adapted from Hilda's spice and a few you tube videos for reference. Do give these a try if you love the traditional homemade goodies.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas in advance !!!

I will be away for a few days as am going home for Christmas, will catch you all up soon, till then enjoy your holidays.

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~  20 minutes
Serves ~ 30-40 kormolas 
maida (all purpose flour) 2 cups
milk/ water / coconut milk 2/3 cup or less
vanilla essence 1 tsp
salt a pinch
ghee 3 tbsp
sugar 3/4 cup
oil to fry


  • In a bowl add maida, sugar, salt and ghee. Rub the ghee in the flour such that it’s incorporated well.To this add coconut milk/ water / milk(I used coconut milk) little by little to knead to a slightly stiff yet smooth dough. Rest the dough for 15-20 mins.
  • Pinch out balls of dough, dust with flour and roll like a big chapathi and nor very thick neither too thin else the inside of the kormolas may not get cooked.

  • Using a pizza cutter cut out 3*3 cms squares. Stick two opposite edges together and then the stick two end together like in pics. Twist both ends firmly so that it sticks nicely else will open up when put in oil (use a drop of water to stick both ends, else it may open up during frying).

  • Heat oil in a kadai and add the made kormolas (Check if the oil is hot enough and slide in oil). The pieces first sink down and then float in oil . Reduce heat to low medium flame and cook,else the inside may not get cooked properly. Drain and remove using as a slotted spoon when it looks lightly browned or pale pink in colour. As it sits it gets further cooked and browns. Drain using slotted spoons and place on a kitchen towel. Leave to cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

* You can use water to knead the dough for a less calorie version but tastes good with coconut milk.
* Slightly melt the ghee and add for best results.

For all Christmas goodies, check this link here.

For all cake recipes, click here.

For all Kerala snacks, click here.


Angie's Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

The flower shape is so adorable and I bet they taste amazingly delicious! Merry Christmas, Julie!

Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Dear Julie. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I'm also blogging since 2011 and maybe we know each other for a long time too. Lots of cooking moments and sharings.
Love your kormolas and the flower shape is beautiful.