10 thoughts on ““Sweets””

  1. Sorry the I-pad corrected me in the last one. Here is what I intended:
    Hunu bitthara, Jinadasage Thalaguli, bombai muttai.


  2. Dear Eddie,
    I used to call them Meebeti, and the others are Thalaguli and Bobay mutai.
    I can remember when I was a kid my grand parents used to visit us. Just before their arrival I would pester my mother asking ”when are they coming ” because I knew they would bring ,me sweets. Then once they come, I would ask my mother”when are they going” because they would give me 5 cents when they left.
    Then I would send our servant boy with the 5 cents to the little boutique to buy 5 cents worth of what I called Meebeti. Oh it was ”heavenly” for me to eat those. Do you know that these meebeti are still available in Cargills super market in Sri Lanka. I had been telling one of my friends about these and she had seen them in the supermarket and she bought them for me… of course not for 5 cents, Praxy


  3. Agree with Narme and Praxy

    Meebetti,Bombai muttai, and kaludodol

    Meebetti was the cheapest , and easily available sweet, at that time,


  4. Thanks Sam, When I sent you the pics, I did not expect a guessing game, for I knew that everyone remembers these delights of our childhood.It was for a trip done memory lane.Praxy, I love your story about waiting for the visitors and to see them off to get your “ mee betti”.In size they were more like “ mee betti” rather than “ huunu bithara”!,The Indian restaurants still have them as an after dinner treat.You know why? Yes, you guessed it. The cumin is a great digestive and relives gas! The old songs give meaning to this Indian remedy. Remember, Thosay, Masala wade, Kaapu Gaman ariya………
    Yes, it was Bulto wrapped in Oil paper although you may be forgiven for mistaking it for Thalla Gooli as it is a delightful sweet.The humble Bulto,.I am informed was made from a mixture of sugar syrup, caramelised sugar and coconut milk.The consistency was such that it lasted a long time in the mouth.Good value for money but not your teeth.At our age now, it will be the cheapest option for a dental extraction.!
    Was it Gunasiri Bulto that was popular? Now how did it get a name like that. Was it as tough as a bull’s toe ?On enquiry, I note that there are a few Srilankans with the surname of Bulto!!
    As for the Bombay Mootai , I am told that the original makers of this sweet were traders from Kerala who passed on the secrets to local Muslim entrepreneurs.This is just a touch of nostalgia as we prepare to meet again and relive times past. Thank you, Simone, Narme and Nisantha for keeping memories alive.Eddie.


  5. Eddie,
    My memory seems to be fading. What I remember of bulto was a black one without a wrapper. It was very hard. Once early in our married life, Nirmali experimented in making a cake with the then available ingredients and asked how it was. I could not bite it, and said it was like bulto!
    Thanks Eddie and Sam for bringing back memories.


  6. What a nice sweet treat !
    I am getting hungry now and need to get my sugar high !
    Praxy- do you remember the Bulto for 5 cts in the convent tuck shop ?
    Best Value for Money- it lasts the longest in the mouth, and the after taste, even longer !!
    Thanks Eddie- gotta get going before I faint !


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