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Kokis, Aluwa on Emirates ‘Avurudu’ Spirit menu

It may be one of the world’s largest airlines, but Emirates has been caught up in the spirit of the ‘Avurudu’ – Sri Lanka’s charming celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year – and is busy preparing traditional sweetmeats to excite the taste buds of visitors to its lounge at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in mid-April.

Chefs have been practicing the art of making kokis, the distinctive flower or butterfly shaped crisp-fried rice flour cookie, and ‘aluwa’ the diamond or square shaped rice flour and treacle based sweet sometimes studded with cashew nuts or cardamom, in anticipation of the festival unique to the island.

On 13th and 14th of April, the two holidays on which the Sinhala and Tamil New Year is celebrated, the kokis and aluwa made by these chefs will be served at the Emirates Lounge, giving Sri Lankans and foreign visitors departing the country a taste of two traditional confectionaries associated with the celebration.

“Emirates has always taken great pride in its role as a connector of people, cultures and cuisines, and goes to great lengths to cater to local and regional tastes and to celebrate that which is unique to the destinations it serves,” said Chandana de Silva, Emirates Area Manager for Sri Lanka & Maldives. “This is another heart-warming example of the care and inclusivity practised at Emirates and we are sure that our customers will appreciate the gesture and enjoy the treats awaiting them.”

Although kokis is now an important traditional Sri Lankan dish, it is believed to be of Dutch origin.

The word kokis may have been derived from the word ‘koekjes,’ meaning cookies in Dutch. Sri Lankan aluwa comes in many forms and flavours and can be made with rice flour, semolina, potato or coconut and can be sweetened with treacle or sugar and fragranced with spices for which the island has gained fame worldwide.


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