Traditional New Year food items, Kevum

Traditional New Year food items


Kevum is a deep fried Sri Lankan dessert made from rice flour and kithul honey and adds a variety of additional ingredients. It is also known as oil cake. Kevum is traditionally given and consumed during the Sinhala New Year.

Kevum ?


  • 150 g Rice flour
  • 50 g Plain flour
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 60 ml Palm syrup
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil
  • Water


  • Heat a pan and add a little sugar to the caramel. When the sugar is caramelized, add the remaining sugar and water, such as 1/4 cup.
  • Stir in all the sugar over low heat until dissolved in water.
  • Now add the palm syrup and turn off the cooker when lightly bubbled. Add rice flour and plain flour to a strainer and strain well.
  • Now pour 2/3 of the syrup into a bowl and add salt and vanilla extract to it. Add flour and mix gradually.
  • Now add the remaining syrup and gradually add water and mix. Cover the bowl and leave for about 20 minutes.
  • You can see it after 20 minutes. Now add some more water and squeeze again.
  • Heat a little coconut oil in a deep pan. Pour a tablespoon of oil and immediately use a spoon and pour the oil towards the Kevum.
  • When the bottom of the pumpkin turns golden brown with a thin stick, make a thin hole in the middle in the top of the pumpkin.
  • Now turn and spoon the pumpkin and remove it from the oil. When that side also turns brown, remove it from the oil. It is ready to serve.

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