In India there is a tradition of sweet making at Xmas.
It is a family affair and often all the women in an extended family will gather together to make sweets over a weekend or two. Many of the treats originated in Goa and were subsequently adapted by other parts of the country.
Collectively known as kuswar, they include traditional fruitcakes and rose cookies. Another favourite are kidiyo, which translates as “worms”. Fortunately no actual worms are involved, just deep fried balls of dough covered with icing sugar.
Newrio are sweet dumplings stuffed with grated coconut, sesame seeds and palm sugar. Other delights include banana chips, cardamom and cashew macaroons, and chaklis, a round deep fried savoury made with lentils.
As with many things Indian, there is a broad cultural background to the sweets. The fruitcakes, for example, resemble British plum puddings and even the traditional English Xmas pudding. Rose cookies are of Dutch origin and many of the other treats are grounded in the cuisines of Portugal and France.
We at Baburchi Cuisine would like to offer you the compliments of the festive season. For some of the best Indian food in Gloucester, give us a call on 01452 300615 or explore our extensive take away and eat in menus at indianrestaurantgloucester.co.uk.