Konda Kavum
Place of originSri Lanka
Main ingredientsRice flour, Treacle

Kevum or Kavum (Sinhala: කැවුම්) is a deep-fried Sri Lankan sweet made from rice flour and kithul (sugar-palm) treacle, with a number of variants adding additional ingredients. It is also known as oil cake. Kevum is traditionally given and consumed during celebrations of Sinhala and Tamil New Year.[1]


Kevum is mentioned in ancient Sri Lankan texts including the Ummagga Jatakaya, Saddharma Ratnawaliya and Pujawaliya.[1]


The Dhathuwansaya, an ancient Sinhala text, mentions 18 kinds of kevum including Sedhi Kevum, Mun Kevum, Ulundu Kevum, Uthupu (shaped using a coconut shell) and Ginipu (fire kevum).[2]


  1. ^ a b "Of Kiribath, Kavum and Kokis". Daily News. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Kariyawasam, Dayananda (13 April 2003). "Naran and Sedhi kavum". Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 April 2014.