Gool goolas

Gool Goolas is something every Indian child grew up eating. It’s an Indian dessert or snack that every Indian mother knows how to make.

It uses very few ingredients to make this fried sweet batter.

Indian Doughnut Gool Goolas


  • 2 cup cake flour
  • 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 level teaspoons of baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons castor sugar
  • 2 pinch’s of cardamom powder
  • 2 pinch’s of salt
  • 1 cup milk + additional 3 or 4 tablespoons separate
  • 350ml Sunfoil Sunflower oil for frying


  1. Before preparing the batter, heat oil in a heavy based pan on medium to low heat.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together – add sugar, cardamom powder and salt.
  3. Add milk and mix until a thick batter forms.
  4. Add remaining 4 – 5 tablespoons of milk until the batter resembles a scoopable batter – somewhat soft but never runny.
  5. Drop the batter into the oil and fry for 8 – 10 minutes. The Gool Goolas should become round in the oil (but if it does not, you can always shape them using two spoons when you are scooping up the batter) then pop to the surface. Turn every minute or until it is evenly browned. Lower the heat if necessary to prevent the Gool Goolas from browning too quickly – this will result in uncooked or doughy Gool Goolas. Ideally Gool Goolas should have a soft bread like texture.
  6. After frying, place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  7. Serve warm or cold or store in airtight containers.

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