Watalappan is an easy, sweet dessert from Sri Lanka. It is one of the most popular desserts and has become one of the must have desserts in any special occasion including a wedding. Anyway, once searching for details, I found that this dessert has a Malay origin and the Sri Lankan Malay community calls it as ‘Sirikaya’.Kaya is something familiar for me here in Singapore. I’ve tried kaya toast which is toasted bread with kaya jam. So far I didn’t check what kaya is or how to make it. Interestingly, kaya is a jam made of coconut and egg. This watalappan pudding is also a result of coconut and egg steamed with jaggery.Sometimes it is interesting to know a bit of the history of food,isn’t it?
Recipe: Watalappan -A Sri Lankan Dessert
1 cup thick Coconut milk
4-5 Cardamom pods
Few Cashews for garnish
Usually I keep jaggery inside the fridge. The day before I want to use it, I keep it out from the fridge. When need to crush, I simply use the grater and grate it easily. Try it. You will save lot of time and hard work!
You need a pan with a lid fit to it.The pan should be bigger than the mould/bowl use for watalappan.
Place a dish towel/piece of cloth in bottom of the pan. This is to steam the Puddings gently and evenly.
Cover the watalappan bowl using an aluminum foil.
Then place the bowl on pan.
Slowly add hot water to the pan just about a half-inch from the bottom of the pan.
Cover with the lid.
Then cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes.
Hope you will enjoy making Watalappan.I would like to hear your comments and thoughts.
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Looks so good dear ..sounds delicious !!
You are right; quite similar to our kaya; sometimes scented with pandan leaves. Not a hit with me but I will definitely enjoy a spread of the sweetness over toast.
This is a new one for me………seems soo delicious and yummy………..
My all time favourite!!!! had on drafts but you are the first dear!!!! Looks so yummy!!!!!
Great back story to watalappan. I really enjoyed learning the term “sirikaya” from the Sri Lankan Malay community and the connection to Kaya in Singapore. This kind of information is what I love to hear about. Thank you for that interesting tidbit. Now your watalappan looks perfect. I agree that it is best when dark in color!
Great back story to watalappan! I thoroughly enjoyed learning the term “sirikaya” from the Sri Lankan Malay community, and its connection to “Kaya” in Singapore. I love hearing about this kind of information. Thank you for the tidbit. As for your watalappan- it looks perfect and incredible. I agree with you; it should be dark in color.
Looks very yummy…Its a simple recipe, I would love to try this soon…
We have something similar that we make in our side!!! I love the way u have steamed it, looks like an easy way… must try for sure! 🙂
drooling !!!..interesting dessert
Omg, wish i could make this beautiful watalappam as much as prefect like u.
My Dad – Dutch Burgher – would sometimes add cocoa powder to it. Cardamom & Chocolate together …YUM!
My all-time favourite dessert!!! Thanks so much for this great recipe.
My Dad, a Ceylonese Burgher, would sometimes add cocoa powder – Cardamom and Chocolate together – sublime!
hi,thanks for this tip.I am sure chocolaty flavour is so good in watalappan…
i used chocolate brown food coloring to my wattalappan but it is green in the corner and brown in the middle.why is that?
Can I use cane sugar instead of jaggery and caramelize it?
I haven’t try with sugar.I will check and reply.
Thanks,hope you tried this
If you are baking, how long and at what temperature?
hi, how long will it take to be cooked in microwave, at high..?
Actually I haven’t tried this in Microwave yet,will check and reply.
pale colored watalappan is when you use jaggery either made of sugar. If kithul jaggery is used it gives the desired dark colour. Then no need to use caramel. When set sprinkle some finely chopped fried red red onions and sprinkle on top of the watalappan. itt is stuff from Ja koratuwa Galle where Batavians – the Dutch lived
Thank you for sharing this tip.Really appreciated…