Course Dessert
Place of origin Sri Lanka
Serving temperature Cooled
Main ingredients Rice, Coconut, Jaggery, Pepper
Cookbook: Aggala  Media: Aggala

Aggala (Sinhala: අග්ගලා) are a traditional Sri Lankan sweet.[1] They are essentially sweet roasted rice balls, made from rice, coconut, jaggery or treacle and pepper.[2][3]

Traditionally sun-dried boiled rice is ground into a powder (alternatively rice flour can be used) and mixed with fresh shredded or desiccated coconut, shaved jaggery (which can be substituted with Kithul treacle or sugar), pepper and water until it forms a thick paste. The mixture is then rolled into small balls, and coated with rice powder/flour.[4] Other recipes include the addition of cinnamon into the mixture and coating the balls with roasted sesame seeds. They are eaten as snacks.


  1. Fernando, Mervyn; Peiris, Harrison (1973). Moonstone Guide to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). K. V. G. de Silva. p. 38.
  2. Duyff, R.L. (2003). Nutrition and Wellness: Teachers Wraparound Edition. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company. ISBN 9780078463372. Retrieved 2014-12-25.
  3. A Recipe for Aggala at
  4. Dissanayake, Chandra (1968). Ceylon Cooking. Metro Printers. p. 336.
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