I wanted to make some Sri Lankan sweets this month. As I was browsing through some Sri Lankan food sites, I came across one that I wanted to try out. Coconut rocks are quite popular in Sri Lanka and are sold in most shops as well as occasionally made in homes. I decided to slightly adapt this recipe of Dhanish @My Sri Lankan Recipe, which merges semolina with the traditional sweet. I am bringing these scrumptious sweets to Angie’s Fiesta Friday.
Today’s music features some Grammy award-winning musicians from Mali. I have a couple of friends who are huge fans of music from Mali, which is how I was introduced to some of the music I am sharing here.
The first music clip features Toumani Diabate and Ali Farka Toure.
The second clip is a music video by the group Tinariwen. They performed at the recent London jazz festival.
The last clip for today is a music video from Amadou and Mariam.
Enjoy the music while trying out a piece of the semolina and coconut sweet!
Semolina and Coconut Sweet
- Semolina – 150g
- Coconut – 50g, grated
- Coconut water – 4 tbsp
- Sugar – 4 tbsp
- Cardamom – 1 tsp
- Kesari powder – pinch
- Almonds – 1 tsp, chopped
- Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
- Cream or condensed milk (vegans can substitute with non-dairy cream) – 4 tbsp
- Heat the coconut water and sugar together over low heat until it thickens.
- Then add the semolina, while continuously stirring.
- Once all the semolina has been added and the mixture starts to thicken, add the fresh, grated coconut.
- Mix well and add the cardamom, kesari, chopped almonds and vanilla essence to the mix.
- Finally stir in the cream or condensed milk before removing the pan from the heat.
- Transfer mixture to well-greased tray and let the sweet cool before slicing and serving.
Recipe adapted from My Sri Lankan Recipe