The Dodol House is an awesome venture in Kelaniya – they not only make great dodol but they also deliver it to your house. Good dodol is very hard to find in Colombo – it’s very well done down South like in Hambantota – we’ve heard some Bombay Sweet Marts serve some up (the one at the Dehiwala junction is not bad), but nobody really does a great dodol.
Dodol is way up there with wattalapam in the awesome Sri Lankan desserts list, but believe it or not, dodol is actually not just Sri Lankan: it’s popular in the Phillipines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Indonesia even has a durian flavoured dodol (WHY?). Anyway if you’re not familiar with dodol (aka my favourite dessert ever and a big deal among Muslim aunties in Sri Lanka among others), it’s basically a fatty, sticky gelatinous mound of rice flour, coconut milk, jaggery and cashew nuts. It’s made by stirring the mix gently over a fire.
It comes to me from reliable sources (aunties) that the art of making good dodol is quite hard to perfect. Different people enjoy different consistencies of dodol though, but personally the best are the heaviest, darkest, stickiest ones.
The Dodol House makes their dodol at home and it tastes amazing. It’s very, very chewy and sticky though, so you need to go at it a bit with a knife, and it’s quite packed and concentrated so you get a strong lovely fragrance of the coconut milk with the jaggery, and as you sink your teeth into it the little sugary cashew bits break the flavour up. Extremely oily and sticky, yet immensely satisfying, so this is only for people who are prepared for the possibility of someday transforming into a happy, fat uncle or aunty.
Price & Delivery
The Dodol House just kicked things off this year and they have a Facebook page, adorably headed by the amazing Comic-Sans-on-Paint picture above. You can either message them on Facebook like we did or call them up, but do it a day in advance – and they deliver it on time, to your address. It’s Rs. 950 for a kilogram, which is a perfect quantity to get at a time, probably makes up about 15 pieces, not to mention affordable.
In a city where great dodol is hard to find, The Dodol House is a relief to have around, especially since you can just get it delivered. We’d recommend it for party or festival orders, or if you just have a sudden craving for this awesome local dessert. We’re on the look-out for good dodol places so if you know of one, tell us in the comments.