How to Make Kuswar

By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Make Kuswar

The term Kuswar is often used to talk about the set of Christmas sweets that Catholic people in Goa and Mangalore make during the Christmas festivities. There are around 20 to 25 dishes that are made together to make the Christmas goody termed as Kuswar. Christmas festival in Goa and Mangalore is incomplete without this Kuswar. Read this article to know how to make Kuswar.

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Sweet puffs or Nevryo

Nevryo are sweet pockets filled with delicious nuts and spices. These cannot be missing in a good Kuswar dish.


  • 1 kg All purpose flour
  • 100 gm Cashew Nuts
  • ½ cup Gingelly
  • 100 gms of almonds, raisins and pistas each
  • 3 cups dessicated coconut
  • ½ tbsp of cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg powder
  • 1 ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • Salt to taste


Heat the butter and fry the gingelly, raisins and other nuts until golden brown. Roast desiccated coconut with no oil. Mix coconut, nuts, cardamom powder, powdered sugar, salt and nutmeg powder, and mix properly. Mix flour with some water and salt, knead properly and make a hard dough. Roll thin chapattis and cut into circles. Add the filling in the middle of each circle, moisten the edges, fold them and press. Deep fry a few at a time in oil.

How to Make Kuswar - Sweet puffs or Nevryo

Kulkuls or Kidyo

Another of the Christmas essentials to make Kushwar are these delicious sugar treats with a coconut tinge. Learn how to make Kidyo.


  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • Coconut Milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of ghee
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying


Mix together all ingredients, knead a dough and let it sit for 30 minutes. Make little balls out of this dough and roll each ball to spread on a fork or comb. Make sure that the comb is clean or unused. Fry until golden brown in hot oil.

How to Make Kuswar - Kulkuls or Kidyo

Rice laddoo

Who said rice was only meant for main dishes? Make rice laddoo to complete your delicious Kushwar dish.


  • ½ kg red rice powder
  • 250 gms jaggery
  • ½ grated coconut
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • Handful of chopped cashew nuts
  • Handful of raisins
  • 3-4 powdered cardamom


Grind th jaggery and coconut to make a coarse mixture. Mix the powder of red rice in it, along with the dry fruits, cardamom powder and ghee. Adjust the consistency as per your liking, and make small laddoos with this mixture using your hands. You can wear gloves while making the laddoos for increased hygiene.

How to Make Kuswar - Rice laddoo

Rice marbles or guliyo

Guliyo is a sweet that cannot be missing on a Mangalorean Kushwar. Enjoy the contrast of sweet and sour, it's delicious!


  • 2 cups of red rice powder
  • 2 cups of white rice powder
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of scraped jaggery
  • Little cardamom powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to fry


Mix both rice powders in a bowl, add jaggery and coconut milk to it, add salt and cardamom powder too, and mix well. Make sure that the batter is dry and thick so that you can make small marbles from it. Roll marbles with this mixture and set aside. Heat oil in a pan and fry the rolled marbles in it until they become golden brown in color.

How to Make Kuswar - Rice marbles or guliyo

Thukddi or Rice shankarpali

There are many sweet treats you can add to your Kushwar, such as soft chakli, but Rice shankarpali has to be a must for Christmas in India too.


  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of melted pure ghee
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • All-purpose flour as per requirement
  • Oil to fry


Pour milk in a bowl, warm it and let it cool. Add melted ghee and powdered sugar in the milk and mix well. Add sufficient amount of all-purpose flour in it and knead. Make dough without adding more ghee or milk to it. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes and roll to make a thick chapatti. Cut this chapatti into shapes of thukddi, and fry them in hot oil. Let them cool and you can store them in an air-tight container.

How to Make Kuswar - Thukddi or Rice shankarpali

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