Sri Lankan Watalappam (Easy Method)

Sri Lankan watalappam (watalappan) made the easy way.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
6 servings


  • 14 ounces jaggery (Kithul Jaggery)

  • ½ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut

  • ¾ cup lukewarm water

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon cardamom seeds, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews, for garnish


  1. Use your hands to break up jaggery into smaller parts and put into a saucepan.

  2. Combine coconut and warm water in a bowl; add to the saucepan. Heat over medium heat and stir until jaggery is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool, about 15 minutes.

  3. Beat eggs in a bowl with an electric blender until light and creamy. Add vanilla and cardamom seeds. Combine egg mixture with cooled jaggery mixture; mix until well combined. Transfer mixture into a steamer pot or steaming bowl.

  4. Steam cook until the custard has cooked through, about 45 minutes. Use a knife to test to make sure the middle area has cooked through. If the middle area is still raw, cook for an additional 15 minutes. Allow watalappan to cool before refrigerating it.

  5. Serve chilled watalappan sprinkled with cashews.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
11g Fat
67g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 65g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 215mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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