Walithalapa or Saw Dodol is a Sri Lankan sweet which mostly made during Sinhala and Tamil New Year season! This is so delicious and easy to make and everyone loves it! The texture is so soft and pulpy and sweet in flavor!
You need only few ingredients for this recipe and the main ingredients would be rice flour and treacle. You can use either homemade or store bought rice flour and for treacle, you can use either kithul treacle or coconut treacle which are usually available in your grocery shops. It is best to use freshly scraped coconut but you can also use desiccated coconut.
Most people think that it is so hard to make Walithalapa but if you make according to this recipe you will see how easy it is to make these.
- 3 cups rice flour
- 2 1/4 cups treacle
- 2 cups scraped coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cardamom powder
- In a heavy bottom large pan, roast the rice flour batch wise until fragrant.
- Then roast the scraped coconut in the same pan, until the becomes dry and fragrant. DO NOT skip this part as it helps to preserve the Walithalapa for weeks and weeks!
- Mix the roasted rice flour and coconut in a large bowl until well combined.
- Add salt to water and add water little by little and mix until coconut is coated by rice flour. The mixture should look like sand as the term “Wali” means sand! Crush all the hardened pieces of the mixture by hand. When you take a handful of the mixture, it should stick together without falling apart.
5. Now put half of the mixture into a clean serviette or a kitchen towel and steam for 10-15 minutes. When the mixture is cooked, it gives a delicate fragrance. Do the same to the remaining batch.
6. Crush the cooked mixture by hand until it gets the texture of sand.
7. In a heavy bottom large pan, heat the treacle until it becomes saucy and thick under medium flame. Stir constantly.
8. Save 1 cup of the heated treacle in a separate cup. We need it later!
9. Add pinch of salt and cardamom powder into the treacle and mix well.
10. Add the coconut and rice flour mixture batch wise and mix well until combined.
11. Put the mixture into a buttered pan and flatten using a spatula or the backside of a spoon. Pour the saved treacle onto the mixture and let it soak.
12. When the mixture is cooled down, cut into pieces and enjoy!
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