Naaran Kavum /Pol kavum (Sweet coconut balls)

In some parts of Sri Lanka Pol kavum or the Naran Kavum are very famous during the new year. Coconut is common in every part of Sri Lanka and people love to eat any thing infused or mixed with coconut.
I read an article about the values of coconut. Its amazing to know every detail about consuming coconut and how it keep the people away from dementia.
The shape of the mandarine, gave these sweet treats the name naran kavum.Naran is the name in Sinhala language for Mandarines.

Making these beautiful little balls take no time at all. If you are not sure about making other sweets you can make these with out any practice at all. Coconut and the treacle is the main ingredient in these sweets.If you are using fresh coconut you need to cook it until no liquid remaining at all to keep it longer. The treacle will absorb in to the coconut and will make it brownish in colour giving a different look.

So fry them in the batter until golden brown and after cooling down store in air tight containers.



  • 1/4 Cup water ( will need more for the batter)
  • 1/2 Cup freshly grated coconut
  • 100g Rice Flour ( will need more for the batter)
  • 100g Brown Sugar
  • Crushed cardamon Seeds
  • Turmeric powder
  • Salt.


  • Into a pot add sugar, cardamon, and water and cook several minutes.
  • Add the coconut cook several minutes.
  • Add rice flour little by little until it forms a nice smooth paste.
  • Transfer it a bowl and leave it to cool down.
  • Make the batter adding, water to the remaining rice flour and turmeric powder.
  • Make balls out of the coconut. And dip in batter.
  • Deep fry it until golden brown.
  • Cool on paper towels before storing.

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