How to make Trinidad Kurma

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Close up of Trinidad Kurma

Trinidad Kurma is an Indian sweet originally reserved for spiritual festivals but is now eaten throughout the year. Kurma is a sweet crispy and fried dough flavored with spices and topped with sugar. Its unmistakable crunch and sweet spicy flavor make it an easy on-the-go snack. Historically, this snack came to the Caribbean islands with East Indian migrants during colonization. Kurma also known as Laktho came from the Northern Region of the Indian subcontinent. It is part of the Mithai or sweet collection of confectioneries and desserts shared between friends and family during spiritual celebrations. With Trinidad being rich in sugar cane, it is no wonder these traditions were able to continue being passed down through the generations. Today, in many Caribbean islands such as Guyana you can find Kurma being sold alongside other sweet snacks in your local supermarket or corner shop. However, the recipe is so simple why not give it a try for sharing at the next Diwali celebration. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins


  • 500g Flour

  • 115g Cake Margarine

  • 425g Granulated Sugar

  • 75g Condensed Milk

  • 250g chilled Water

  • 5g Cinnamon

  • 5g Ginger

  • 120g Oil (for frying)


Dough Strips

Using a bowl, combine margarine and cinnamon with flour and work until crumbly.

Glass bowl on a counter with dry ingredients and butter

Add condensed milk and slowly add water while mixing, stopping when dough is stiff.

Ball of dough on a countertop

Pin out to 10 mm thickness and cut in strips 12 mm wide x 60 mm long.

Rolled dough on a countertop cut into rectangular strips

In a deep-fryer or skillet heated to 350F, deep-fry until crisp and golden brown.

Kurma being fried in a pot of oil

Combine sugar, ginger and 115g water in a large pot stir using a wooden spoon and boil until thick (until threads begin to form as the spoon is lifted).

Sugar being melted in a pot on top of a stove

Pour syrup over kurma turning continuously until coated and syrup crystallizes.

Overview of kurma on a plate
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