Traditional New Year food items

Aasmi is a traditional Sri Lankan deep fried dessert that is served on New Year / Puthandu (Sinhala / Tamil New Year), weddings and birthdays.

It is made from a mixture of rice flour and coconut milk and deep fried in coconut oil mixed with the juice obtained from dole cinnamon leaves (cinnamon leaves). Okra juice is often used as a substitute for cinnamon. Allow to rest for a few days before deep frying. Top with sugar syrup mixed with food coloring.


  • 500 Grm Rice Flour
  • 0.5 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 3 – 4Kurundu Leaves
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Oil, to deep dry
  • Topping
  • 50 Grm Sugar
  • 20 Ml Water
  • 1 – 2 Drops Food Colouring


  • Filter the rice flour through a fine sieve.
  • Mix with coconut milk and make a firm dough. The dough should be slightly stiff, add salt to it.
  • Grind the daisies and squeeze the juice. Add this to the coconut milk powder mixture to get a smooth consistency.
  • Dilute tightly with coconut milk as required.
  • Fingers point to the battery and pour firmly over the heated oil.
  • Fold in two and set aside a few days. It needs to be light and lightly crunchy.
  • Pour the colored sugar syrup over the Aasmi to create a pattern.

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