While sitting there, I noticed some ladies sitting near by, chatting away while busy making something with their hands.
Now, I am not the kind of person who rushes over to talk to people, in fact I am quite the opposite, but curiosity got the better of me and I summoned up some courage and went over to take a closer look.
After greeting them with the usual " Asalaam Alaikum" ( peace be to you), I asked them if I can watch them work. Discovered they were making Ulhaali. I have never seen one being made, but I love this local snack which has both sweet and savoury versions of it. Today these ladies were making the sweet version, where the dough is made of rice flour, plain flour , sugar, eggs and coconut milk.
While one lady rolled the dough thinly and cut it into strips, another rolled the strips so it elongates and becomes thinner and more cylindrical.
Another two ladies twirls the long strips into a circular design and its neatly laid on oiled Dhigaa leaves.( nothing special about the leaves, according to them its easily available as there are quite a number of Dhigaa trees around the island.
|Ulhaali being made, a work of art , where the dough is twirled around in a certain pattern|
|Finished ulhaali ,ready to be fried|
Once all the ulhaali are done they are fried till a lovely golden colour and sold or distributed to friends and neighbours and enjoyed as a snack.