Kuswar is a term used for the special Christmas goodies that are part of Goan and Mangalorean Catholic community. The dishes of Kuswar are typically made at home and shared with friends and family during the holiday season.
Though this tradition has been there for long, today many families skip preparing them. The younger generation is missing out of the fun and excitement of making these and of course munching them sitting together around the table. Overall, kuswar is festive treat that is perfect for the holiday season. Whether you make it at home or buy it from a store, it is sure to be a hit with friends and family.
There are about 22 different traditional recipes that are part of Kuswar.
Guliyo (Gulio or Deep Fired Rice Marbles)
Guliyo is the first item that comes to mind when you say Kuswar. Very unique food item to the West coast, these need some serious strength to ear :-).
Most younger generation may just skip them but without this Christmas is incomplete.
Kidiyo (Kidio / Kulkul or Sweet Dough Curls)
The other famous twin of Gulyio is Kidiyo. These are popular among kids as they are dipped in a coating of sugar powder.
BTW you know where they get the name right?
The sugary goodness coupled with the crunchy cashew nuts would simply melt in ones mouth.