How to make Watalappan

Steamed caramel custard is a dessert that can be found across the world. Watalappn is a Sri Lankan version of Malay origin's dessert made with creamy steamed eggs and jaggery, coconut milk, cardamom. It is topped with cashew nuts and dried raisin to add texture.

Ingredients for Watalappan

• Six eggs

• 250gms jaggery

• 456 g = 2 cups of coconut milk

• 70 g brown sugar

• 1 tsp cardamom powder

• 50g finely chopped cashew nuts

• 25 g dried raisins

• 1 tsp vanilla

• ½ cup of water

Instructions 1. Preheat the oven at 120 C. (If baking)

2. Pour water into a saucepan and add jaggery on low heat.

3. Once the jaggery has completely dissolved, remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool.

4. Beat the eggs using a hand mixture or a blender and gradually add the melted jaggery and coconut milk.

5. Once the mixture is ready, add and mix the cardamom powder, vanilla, and brown sugar and beat once more until the sugar is completely removed.

6. Pour the mixture into a baking tray and place it in another tray half-filled with water.

7. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 50-minutes.

8. When it’s done, it's wobbly in the center.

9. Let it cool and refrigerate for 1 hour.

10. Sprinkle with chopped cashew nuts and serve with vanilla ice-cream. This dessert can be served hot or cold.

The mixture can be steamed as well.

For steaming, a steamer or a rice cooker can be used. The mixture containing the bowl should be covered with aluminum foil and steamed for 40 minutes until it is set.

Enjoy your next dessert.

Prep time
40 mins
Cook time
50 mins
Total time
1 hour 30 mins

Recipe type: Dessert

Serves: 6 servings
Nutrient Content for Watalappan
Calories and nutrients per serving (188g)


493 mg


9 g

Total Fat

27 g

Saturated fat

18 g

Polyunsaturated fat

2 g

Monounsaturated fat

5 g


187 mg

Total carbohydrates

52 g


42 g

Dietary fibers

2 g

Glucose & fructose

4 g


78 mg


334 mg


Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6


Iron, Cobalamin, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese

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