Kithul Flour – Pure & Natural

The Coolest Alternate Flour of them All
  • An Alternate Flour that is gaining rapid recognition for being versatile and nutritious
  • Helps ‘cool’ your body (as per traditional Ayurvedic beliefs)
  • Kithul Flour is Gluten Free
  • Contains numerous health benefits (see section on health benefits) such as blood sugar regulation, aiding hearth health and weight management
  • High in dietary fibre. Contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Ideal for baking, use in batters, for coating fried foods. Also works well as a thickening agent and is versatile to use for both sweet and savoury culinary preparations. The most common way of consuming Kithul Flour is its use in porridge
  • Available in multiple packaging formats – As Goodfolks Retail Packs or as Wholesale bags for private labelling and resale
ISO 22000
Eco Friendly


In the diverse world of alternative flours, Kithul flour emerges as a hidden gem, offering a unique taste and a range of health benefits. Derived from the sap of the Kithul tree (Caryota urens), native to Sri Lanka and parts of India, this flour has been a staple in traditional, mostly rural Sri Lankan cuisine. With its distinctive flavor and impressive nutritional profile, Kithul flour is gaining popularity in culinary circles around the world. Particularly as one that helps a overheated body, cool things down.

A Journey into Kithul Flour’s Origins

The Kithul tree, often referred to as the “kitul palm” or “wine palm,” is a palm-like tree native to the Indian subcontinent. It is particularly abundant in Sri Lanka, where it has played a significant role in local culture and economy for generations.

The Process

Kithul flour is made from the pith (the inner core) of the Kithul tree. The pith is the soft, spongy tissue found at the centre of the tree trunk. The harvested pith is then cleaned to remove any impurities or foreign matter. It is typically soaked in water and cleaned thoroughly to ensure it is free from debris. After cleaning, the pith is spread out to dry (drying is a crucial step as it reduces the moisture content in the pith and prepares it for grinding). The dried pith is then ground to a fine powder. How fine the flour is depends on the intended use. However Goodfolks Kithul Flour is extremely fine as it is the format that lends itself best to a variety of preparations.


Food preparation with Kithul Flour

Kithul Pancakes: Kithul flour can be used to make delicious and nutritious pancakes. It adds a unique flavor and a slightly sweet taste to the pancakes. These can be served with fruits, nuts, or a drizzle of Kithul treacle.

Kithul Bread: Kithul flour is a wonderful alternative to traditional wheat flour in bread-making. It provides a distinct flavor and a natural sweetness to the bread. Kithul bread can be enjoyed as toast, sandwiches, or with various spreads.

Kithul Pudding: Kithul flour can be used to make a creamy and satisfying pudding. It’s typically combined with coconut milk and Kithul treacle to create a rich and flavorful dessert.

Kithul Fritters: Kithul flour can be used as a base for making fritters. Vegetables, such as onions, carrots, and spinach, can be mixed with the flour, along with spices, to create a flavorful batter. The mixture is then deep-fried to make crispy fritters.

Kithul Cake: Kithul flour is a popular choice for making cakes, especially in Sri Lankan cuisine. It imparts a distinctive taste and a pleasant sweetness to the cake. Kithul cake is often enjoyed on special occasions.

The Cooling Effects of Kithul Flour

They say that “Kithul flour helps cool down the body”. This statement is based on traditional beliefs in systems like Ayurvedic medicine. In (Sri Lankan) Ayurveda, foods are classified as either heating or cooling based on their perceived effects on the body. Kithul flour is considered a cooling food, which means it is believed to have a soothing effect and may be recommended for conditions associated with excessive heat or inflammation.

Kithul Flour is naturally Gluten Free.

Product Specifications


Available in:Custom Package sizes offered as per request
Package type:Kraft Paper Packs, Tins, Paper Canisters or as per request
Also available: One standard format available – However we are capable of custom blending as per your requirement – Ex: Mixed with coconut sugar or spices
Price per pack:For retail prices, please check with your local vendor. Email us for bulk order prices and packaging options.
Nett weight: 250g, 500g (Retail Packs)
Gross weight 270g, 520g
Origin:Made in Sri Lanka
Type: Branded or Unbranded
Private Labelling:Available
Custom Sizes:Available
Brandname: Goodfolks
Handling type:As per specifications
Ingredients:100% Traditionally harvested Kithul Flour
Region Nutrition Information:N/A
Colour of product: Light brown
Product Grade: Available as one grade (however different manufactures may provide flour of varying coarseness)
Max Moisture: Test Reports available for wholesale orders
Shelf Life:2 Years (subject to right storage conditions)
Directions for storage:Store in cool dry dark and airtight container
Directions for use:N/A
Special Notes:
Why GoodfolksGoodfolks Kithul products are sourced directly from small scale farmers and processed at a ISO certified centre.
Goodfolks Reassurance:Minimum waste packaging


Health Benefits

Nutritional Riches in Kithul Flour

One of the most compelling aspects of Kithul flour lies in its impressive nutritional content. It is naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent alternative for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. Moreover, it is packed with essential nutrients, including:


Dietary Fiber: Kithul flour is rich in dietary fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting a healthy gut. This can contribute to feelings of fullness, making it a valuable component for weight management.

Vitamins and Minerals: It contains an array of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, and B-vitamins. These play crucial roles in various bodily functions, including bone health, blood circulation, and energy metabolism.

Antioxidants: Kithul flour is loaded with antioxidants, which combat harmful free radicals in the body. These antioxidants contribute to overall health and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Slow-Release Carbohydrates: The carbohydrates in Kithul flour are of the complex variety, providing sustained energy levels without the rapid spikes and crashes associated with simple carbohydrates.


Health Benefits of Kithul Flour

Blood Sugar Regulation: The low glycemic index of Kithul flour helps stabilize blood sugar levels, making it an excellent choice for individuals managing diabetes.

Heart Health: The high fiber content and absence of cholesterol in Kithul flour contribute to heart health by lowering cholesterol levels and supporting healthy blood pressure.

Weight Management: The combination of fiber, slow-release carbohydrates, and essential nutrients in Kithul flour can aid in weight management by promoting satiety and reducing overeating.



Your decision to use Kithul Flour has the following positive impacts on the local environment and communities

Sustainable Harvesting:The production of Kithul flour relies on the sustainable harvesting of the Kithul tree’s pith. Unlike other types of flours that may require extensive agricultural practices, Kithul flour is derived from a naturally occurring resource.

Reduced Land Pressure: Kithul flour production doesn’t require large plots of agricultural land. This can help reduce the pressure on natural ecosystems, as it doesn’t contribute to deforestation or the conversion of natural habitats into farmland.

Low Water Usage: Unlike some traditional crops, Kithul trees don’t require significant amounts of water to grow. This means that the production of Kithul flour has a lower water footprint compared to other grain-based flours.

Biodiversity Conservation: By promoting the sustainable management of Kithul trees, the production of Kithul flour contributes to the conservation of local biodiversity. These trees provide habitat and resources for various species of wildlife.

Carbon Sequestration: Kithul trees are capable of sequestering carbon dioxide, helping to mitigate climate change. Their presence in natural ecosystems contributes to the overall carbon balance and helps combat greenhouse gas emissions.

Preservation of Indigenous Knowledge: The knowledge and practices associated with the production of Kithul flour are often deeply ingrained in local cultures. By supporting the production and use of Kithul flour, we help preserve and celebrate these valuable traditional practices.

Reduced Transportation Emissions: Kithul flour production can often be a local endeavor, with the trees growing in or near the regions where the flour is produced. This can reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation, compared to the global supply chains of some other flours.

Reduced Chemical Inputs: Kithul trees are typically grown without the need for synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. This means that the production of Kithul flour has a lower impact in terms of chemical runoff and pollution compared to some other agricultural practices.

Additional Revenue Stream: Traditionally, the main economic output of a Kithul tree was its prized Kithul Treacle (syrup). As demand for Kithul Flour grows, it is creating an additional income source for rural households.

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