Top 5 Desserts in Sri Lanka Every Foodie Should Try
All foodies love these decadent desserts in Sri Lanka, a tropical paradise in the south of Asia.
Sri Lanka has shown a spike in tourism, thanks to the peace that has finally been restored after civil war in 2009.
The war lasted 25 years and little did people around the world know about this place or what it offered. Sri Lanka is blessed with tropical weather, pristine beaches, rich culture, heritage and, not to forget, mouth-watering food. But the real beauty of this place is its people. I can’t believe that Sri Lankan has gone through turmoil for over 25 years when they greet you with a warm, genuine smile.
Just like the sweet people, the desserts this country has to offer are worth every single penny you spend.
These Desserts in Sri Lanka are our top favorites.
Also pronounced as watalappan or vatlappam, is a mouth-watering coconut pudding made during special occasions. It comprises coconut milk, eggs, jaggery, and cashew nuts and flavored with spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, and cloves. This steamed dessert does not use sugar and is merciful to the waistline;) Stop worrying about holiday calories and grab that spoon to dig in! Thank us later!
Curd and Treacle
This dessert tops our list for multiple reasons – its simplicity, freshness, authenticity and the refreshing sensation it leaves behind once eaten. Made of buffalo milk curd, it is thick, creamy and served in earthenware/ terracotta pots. Kithul treacle also known as the Palm Treacle that’s made from the boiled sap of the Kithul Palm is drizzled over the curd and served. A healthy and perfect dessert to beat the heat.
Wood Apple Milk
Not for the faint-hearted. Not for the ones who aren’t up for an experiment. But if you have read past these two lines, this drink is a must-try! This fruit looks like a coconut from the outside (just the mold) and inside looks like the pulp of the tamarind. It has a weird smell that can be intense when the fruit is ripe. It tastes close to tamarind too and is a little acidic. They add sugar to the milk to reduce its acidity.
This traditional coconut cake is dark and made of semolina, jaggery, raisins, cashews, and shredded coconut. The beauty of this cake is that it is soft and moist and makes you wanting for more. They sell the cake during festive seasons such as Christmas and New Year. Although it isn’t available frequently, it will be worth waiting for months when your teeth sink into this delectable goodness.
Also known as avocado pudding, this dessert has cream and sugar blended with the pulp of an avocado. We refrigerate it, topped with nuts and usually served cold. Some places offer rum to additional flavor while others use condensed milk to further sweeten it. We loved the simpler version of this fruit blended with just sugar and cream. This to me is the best dessert in Sri Lanka. It is perfect as this keeps the flavor of the fruit and it is delicious. Vacation calories don’t hurt when food tastes as delicious as these. Enjoy!
Update 2019 Top 10 Scrumptious Desserts in Sri Lanka
- Kithul Treacle
- Kalu Dodol
- Peni/Undu Walalu
- Konda Kavum
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