Lillimala is the fancy name given to traditional sweet candies from the Cape Malay region of Africa. These are coconut based goodies that are usually coloured brightly to make them appear attractive and tempting. They are served in small paper containers as they are sticky and semi-soft.
Ingredients and Method
Ingredients including sugar, shredded coconut, water, some butter and a little distilled rose water and cardamom powder are mixed together in a saucepan. This mixture is brought to a boil and cooking is continued until fairly thick consistency is attained. A soft-ball stage is required. Food colouring may be added (optional) at this stage. Desired shapes can be obtained by pouring liquid while still hot into greased or lined moulds.
Lilimala is a high calorie treat with high total and saturated fat content owing to the sugar, coconut, and butter. Although some amount of dietary fibre is provided by coconuts along with small amounts of minerals, addition of some toasted sesame seeds would boost the protein, iron, B-vitamins, Vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and fibre value significantly. It also acts as a source of trace minerals like copper, manganese, zinc and selenium that play vital roles in the human body.