List of Sri Lankan sweets and desserts

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This is a list of notable Sri Lankan sweets and desserts. Sri Lanka is well known throughout South Asia for sweets and desserts originating from there. Desserts are usually served as part of main meals, whereas sweets are consumed at tea times. Many Sri Lankan desserts and sweets contain domestic spices, jaggery and kithul (Caryota urens) treacle. Locally made treacle and jaggery are the most common sweeteners.


NameImageMain ingredientsRemarks
WatalappamCoconut milk, jaggery (kittul treacle), eggs, spices (cardamom, cloves)The most popular dessert among Sri Lankan Muslims during Ramadan. Commonly served at weddings, parties and other special ceremonies.
Buffalo curdBuffalo curd.jpgBuffalo milk, starter culturePopular in southern Sri Lanka for weddings, alms, and as a household dessert.
Semolina and jaggery puddingSemolina, jaggery, milk, spices cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillaA less common dessert.
Avocado CrazyAvocado, sugar, creamHousehold dessert often offered in restaurants.
Kirala (Lumnitzera littorea) fruit milkKirala fruits, treacleA dessert drink popular in southern Sri Lanka.
Kithul flour puddingKithul flour, coconut milk, jaggery or sugar, spicesA popular dessert among Sinhalese people, offered in some small restaurants.
Wood apple milkWood apple, coconut milk, sugarA very popular dessert drink.
Pudding of dulyaEggs, milk, bread crumbs, sugar, vanillaSimilar to bread pudding. Used for special occasions.
Sago puddingSagoPudding.jpgSago, sugar, milk, eggsThis is popular among the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. Mostly offered at weddings and cultural festivals.


NameImageMain ingredientsRemarks
AluwaRice flour, sugar, milk, butter, spices (cardamom, cloves)Popular among Sinhalese. Served at cultural festivals.
Athirasa (Kevum)Rice flour, treacle, coconut milkA very popular and culturally important Sinhalese sweet.
Oil Cake (Konda Kevum)Konda Kavum 01.JPGRice flour, treacle, coconut milkA very popular Sinhalese sweet. The small bump at top gives the name 'konda' (tied hair).
BibikkanSemolina, raisins, treacle, rice flour, scrapped coconut, spices and flavoursSimilar to fruit cake.
Undu Walalu/Undu Wal or Pani WalaluUrad bean flour and kithul treacleSimilar to fruit cake.
Green Gram cake (Mung Kevum)Rice flour, mung flour, treacle, ghee, spicesA popular Sinhalese sweet often used at cultural events.
Weli ThalapaRice flour, coconut milk, coconut treacle, spicesHousehold sweet, usually served at tea time.
Kalu DodolKalu Dodol.JPGkithul jaggery, rice flour, coconut milk, and cashew nutsSri Lankan dodol. Household sweet, usually served at tea time and special events.
AggalaKithul treacle, rice flour, pepperSpicy sweet. Mostly prepared for tea time in villages.
Urunda (coconut balls)Coconut, sugar, flour, essenceUsed in rituals and special events.
KokisKokis.JPGRice flour, coconut milkCrispy biscuit-like, Of Dutch origin
ArsmiRice flour / Nanu made of Dauwul Kurundu, honeyA popular sweet prepared for tea and special events.

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