Sri Lankan Raw Sesame Balls 'Thala Guli'

My mum and my sister (bless their cotton socks) both have various food intolerances between them, which means that the food that I make has to make them and their tummies happy. Sri Lankan cuisine is brimming full of delicious recipes that are both delicious and healthy. I want to bring those hidden gems to you so you can enjoy all of the flavour with none of the guilt. 

These moreish little balls are perfect for that little sugar kick with a cuppa or when you need that energy boost. They are super easy to make and are packed with nutrients and none of the naughty stuff!

Servings: 10 balls

Time: 20mins


  • 200g Sesame Seeds (Raw or Roasted)

  • 100g Crushed Jaggery (also known as Palm Sugar)

  • Pinch of Salt


  • 50g Roasted Dessicated Coconut

  • Teaspoon of Raw Coconut Oil


  1. Firstly take the sesame seeds and dessicated coconut and place them in a hot dry pan to roast them, until they turn a lovely golden brown - remember to keep stirring them so they don't burn! Roasting is a great way of bringing out the lovely nutty flavours and the heat also helps to create a creamier texture when they are ground. Sesame seeds are packed full of nutrients and are a good source of lowering cholesterol.

  2. Then take a nice big chunk of jaggery and crush it in the pestle and mortar. Jaggery is also known as palm sugar and is a staple raw sweetner in Sri Lankan cuisine. It is good for digesting foods and a natural cleanser. The flavour is much earthier than white sugar and is key to bringing out the nutty tones of the coconut and sesame seeds.

  3. Once the jaggery is crushed, add the roasted sesame and coconut seeds a pinch of salt and crush them all till you have a lovely thick paste. This is where your arm muscles really get to work - which means you definitely need these as a little treat after! You can use a blender, however the paste may become too fine as these balls usually have lots of texture and bite to them. If the texture is still too crumbly add a little coconut oil to help bind the mixture together.

  4. Then take a heaped teaspoon of the mixture and use your hands to roll it into a little ball. You should be able to make 10 scrummy balls!