Preparation info
  • Serves


    as a snack
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka

By Bree Hutchins

Published 2013

  • About

This is a traditional fried sesame seed sweet found only in Valvettithurai and not in other parts of Sri Lanka. When we cooked these, neither Bamini nor I could wait for the sweets to cool properly before popping a few in our mouths — they are delicious and very addictive!


  • ¾ tablespoon green gram* (dried mung beans)
  • 120 g ( oz/


To prepare the mixed gram flour, dry-roast the green gram in a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat for 4 minutes. Cool slightly, then using a mortar and pestle (or spice grinder), pound the green gram into a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl and combine with the rice flour and black gram flour.

Sift the mixed gram flour into a large bowl and mix in the sesame seeds. P