Your 5 Favourite Sweets to Indulge In This Avurudu Season
Ah April, the all-important arrival of the New Year that signals a joyous time in Sri Lanka – fun, food and eagerly anticipated holidays. There’s a pleasant stillness in the air in the city as most of the country either goes on holiday or goes home, but a sense of enjoyment permeates the atmosphere as well. Food is an integral part of this season, as whether homemade or store-bought, all we can dream about are sweetmeats made especially for this season. Did your favourite make the list? Tell us in the comments below.
An extremely toothsome delight, Kavum has a unique shape and unique taste. The perfect kavum is fluffy, not too dense, and not too oily. You’ll know that you have come across a perfect Kavum if you eat it in just 2 seconds! Made of treacle, sugar and flour with some spices added for preference, Kavum is a classic Avurudu treat.
The words Kavum and Kokis go together, and it’s impossible to see a collection of Avurudu food without seeing these two classics – unless of course they have already been eaten. Good Kokis is crisp, again not too oily, and delicious. You can dip Kokis in chocolate or icing if you want to try a twist on this definitive delicacy.
Another absolute favourite, it’s also the most difficult to find out of the three discussed so far. Or, it’s difficult to find stellar Aasmi with a good ratio of sugar to flour. Asmi is also the prettiest of the bunch, with its delicate crispy white net like structure and colourful sugar syrup poured on top of it.
# Undu Wel
Or Pani Walalu, this is a somewhat rarer, underrated sweet around this time. Made out of lentil and rice flour with coconut milk, the batter itself is delicious but when fried and doused with a sweet syrup (that can even be spiced with cinnamon) the sweet is heavenly to eat.
# Milk Toffee
A favourite all year round, but during Avurudu season they get even more generous! Full of cashew nuts and milky goodness, milk toffee can be crumbly or can melt in your mouth and either way it’s delicious.