Rate this recipe 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Makes 50

Kokotende/Gulgul are a delciious sweet snack, very similar to shakarparay but way yummier as far as I'm concerned. I think they originate from Zanzibar. The original name was Kokwa Za Tende, which is a swahili name that means date-seeds, but due to mispronounciation by the local indians, it got shortened to Kokotende and to-date that's what they are mostly known as.

2 cups
4 tbsp.
fine semolina
1 tsp.
baking powder
1/2 tsp.
cardamom powder
2 tbsp.
melted butter
3/4-1 cup
milk/water or coconut milk
egg white
pinch of salt
Ingredients for Sheera
1 cup
1/2 cup
drop of vanilla
pinch of cardamom

Knead together the ingredients to a dough, not too soft not too hard. Form tiny balls and shape using a fork, by pressing the tiny ball of dough on the back of a fork and rolling it away to give a perfect sea-shell shape. Then fry on low heat until golden and crispy. If you fry on too high heat, they will be soft on the inside, and you want these super crisp. So once the oil is hot enough, put them in and then immediately lower the heat and keep stirring, let them gradually colour up to a lovely golden brown. Drain and set aside then make the sugar coating.

Sheera For Sugar Coating

Boil until thick n sticky, add the fried kokwas n toss, then spread out on a pan to dry. Store in airtight container!




Would love to have a step by step guide of how to shape this..


Turned out really good.
Just a suggestion, I added a tablespoon of coconut powder.
Thanks for all the amazing recipes. Also tried the rosettes, looks elegant.

Assalam aleikum. Can i use self rising flour?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, SR flour will have too much baking powder, more than what is required for this recipe.

Ok. Shukran

Jazakallah but like to know for How many days it can stay fresh

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Up to a week.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag.

Salam can u plz let me know how long can I store them in the room temperature. Jazakallah in advance

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can.

salam fauzia mashaallah i lyk ua website it s da best mashaallah so can i use blueband instd of butter?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

It is already in the international folder, please check there.

aslm alkm,mashaalah,tried ths recipy n turned out delicious.may allah reward for for this.pls would u give the recipy for mitais with sugar coating n coconut.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, cake flour has 2 tbsp of cornflour added to every cup of flour which makes the flour light and airy, good for cakes. Bread flour is just a stronger type of flour most commonly used for breads.

hai dear....can u tel me which flour i hav 2 use 4 dis?and tel me vats da difference btveen cake flour &bread flour....???

salamz ukhty Fauzia! hope your ok inshallah! I really love your website mashallahh! thank you for the recipes! quick question on the kokotende. Is it ok if i just use all purpose flour instead of semolina or is there a substitute that is better that i can use instead? shukran

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thank you dear. Well you can omit the semolina but it does add a good crunchy texture to the results. If you can get it I would recommend you do, otherwise simply omit it from the ingredients. :)

salaamz aunt fauzia, mashallah i realy love your recipes! alhamdulilah i always try and turnsout good! kokotende looks so yummy but mine dint turnout the same and after frying became hard but taste was good,wht must be the reason,please may i kno the reason?thanks alot!God bless you!

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thanks. Did you fry them too long? That might be the cause of the hardness. :)

salaams fauzia,thank you so much for the yummy recipes...

assalamu alaikum. what exactly is semolina? I live in Mombasa; does it have a Swahili name? May Allah reward you all for this website, ameen.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, it is known by the asian name Sooji in mombasa. You will find it at the asian/indian shops near the market area. Like at Pattani next to the Hindu temple. :)

Jazakillah khayr sis Fauzia! will go buy in sha Allah :)

you wrote flour ? is it normal flour or All-purpose flour(MAIDA)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

All purpose flour is usually the normal flour. :)

Salam walykum fauzia, I love kokotende could you please show me step by step.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, will try and add step by step instructions but it is really easy if you just read the steps as directed.

Naznin's picture

Assalamualaikum Sister

Can I add suger in the dough. I m not a big fan of suger syrup.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, have never tried a sweeter dough for this recipe, you could try and then let me know how it turns out. :)

Salams! I'd like to know if I can fry these,add salt &chilli? For a spicy version or any other suggestions please.....
Making a lot of dua for you.for sharing the best recipes ever!!!

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, sounds like a great idea! Let me know how they turn out.