Dark chocolate-coated kokis: An inventing take on a beloved classic
Sweet meats and other traditional delicacies are considered an essential facet of Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The preparation of these delicacies and the setting of the “Avurudu table” featuring beloved classics such as kavum, mung-kavum, asmi, athirasa and bibikkan have evolved to become a pivotal part of ushering in the New Year. Kokis in particular, is one of the most consumed Avurudu treats, and its subtle taste and texture is a hit even amongst the most finnicky of eaters. They are prepared from a pre-made batter of rice flour and coconut milk and deep-fried using moulds to give them their distinctive shape. This New Year, why not put your own twist on this traditional delicacy with this recipe for dark-chocolate kokis? Indulgent, sweet and unique, this inventive take on an Avurudu staple is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike!
A cup of white wheat flour
2 cups of coconut milk
A pinch of turmeric
Coconut oil (For deep-frying)
Salt to taste
300g dark cooking chocolate (broken down into chunks for ease of melting)
Begin by sifting the wheat flour and then transferring it into a sizeable mixing bowl. Include the turmeric and salt into the dry mix and combine them well before adding the egg and coconut milk into it. Mix all the ingredients together until it is lump-free. Cover the bowl and set it aside. The deep-frying process requires you to heal oil in a large frying pan, on medium heat. Once the oil appears to bubble, place the kokis mould into the oil for exactly one minute. Next, dip the mould into the batter and coat every part of the mould, except the top, in the batter. Place the covered mould into the hot oil and fry for around 30 secs.
The kokis can be slipped out of the mould by shaking the mould a bit. On detaching it from the mould, it should be fried until it turns golden yellow. To prepare the chocolate coating, microwave the chunks of chocolate until you are left with thick, liquid chocolate. Dip each piece of kokis into the molten chocolate, ensuring every part of it is coated in chocolate and leave them each to cool on a sheet of baking paper. Preserve these delectable chocolate-y treats in an airtight container in the fridge, though the likelihood of you even needing to do so is low as they are sure to be gobbled on sight!