Index – Christmas Sweets

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137 Christmas sweets


Christmas season brings back many nostalgic memories of the festive season of our younger days in Bombay (now Mumbai) and we always reminisce about how we used to all sit-down in groups to make sweets (Kuswar) which we also had to then distribute on Christmas Day.  My mother used to begin as early as the 1st week of December starting with Kulkuls, Nankatais… and carry on until almost the eve of Christmas when the cakes were prepared, put into tins, neatly labeled with her name and sent with us to the bakery for baking. The labeling was for identification as the bakery used to receive a huge number of cakes due to lack of home ovens which people could ill afford back then. The quantity of sweets prepared used to be humongous and we as children would be busy helping our mother and our neighbours and vice versa in making kuswar.  It was great comaraderie and fun bringing us all together which we looked forward to with great zeal.

The sweets, although not limited to these alone, were what my mother made and have been reproduced from her timeless recipes, which are also included in the book  Mai’s Recipes. I have maintained the same quantities (though quite huge) that my mother made as a testament to her overly generous spirit.  You may make half, a third or quarter of the quantities mentioned, as appropriate for your requirements.

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137 Kul kuls


139 Nevries[3]


138 Nankatias[0]

Nankatai Biscuits

140 Rose cookies[10]

Rose Cookies

129 Mixed fruit cakebrown[3]

Mixed Fruit Cake

130 sponge cake[4]

Sponge Cake


Marble Cake


Bibique or Bebinca


Something savoury for your Christmas Platter!



The following recipes are contributed by my sisters, Mabel Dias, Zenia Machado and Sheryl Newnes.


Christmas Sweets Platter


Marzipan (20)

Milk Cream

Milk Cream (34)

Milk Cream

Turkish Delight (Jujubes)

Turkish delight (16)

Sojee Sweet

Sojee Sweet (19)

Sojee Sweet

Thalie Sweet

Date Rolls

Date rolls (28)

All of the above Christmas sweets and cakes and more can be ordered from my sister, Zenia Machado (Mumbai).

Please visit her website at  for further information.

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