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It definitely is a cuisine based on rice…
Spices such as cloves, cardamoms, nutmeg and pepper are found in abundance and are liberally used in Sri Lankan curries giving them a unique taste and aroma.
If you ask what the staple diet of Sri Lanka is, the answer will come as ‘Rice and Curry’. ‘Curry’ covers a mass variety of dishes, which range from meat and seafood to lentils, vegetables etc. Rice and curry is accompanied by various Pickles, Sambols, and Papadam.
When eaten by hand, Sri Lankan rice and curry proffer a world of flavours to explore.
In addition to the main meal, traditional desserts such as Curd and Treacle, and many other sweetmeats made using rice flour, palm treacle, jaggery, along with various types of spices, are available.
A few curries you might like to try during your visit to Sri Lanka are listed below:
Parippu (dhal curry)
Parippu, or dhal curry, is the most common curry in all of Sri Lankan cuisine – a staple in any restaurant or household. Dhal along with a number of ingredients, such as onions, garlic, fresh green chilies, curry leaves are boiled together with coconut milk and mixed with tempered spices like cumin seeds, turmeric, fenugreek and mustard seeds. It has a creamy texture and can be prepared in many ways. It’s something that goes with everything such as Rice, Rotee, String hoppers, Parata and Bread.
Green jackfruit curry (polos)
Jackfruit is very popular in the country. The young green jackfruit called polos is sliced into small chunks and cooked with onions, garlic, ginger and spices such as mustard seeds, turmeric, chili powder, curry powder and curry leaves. Coconut milk is added generously and simmered over low fire for hours until the liquid is absorbed leaving all the beautiful flavors within the cubes of jackfruit. It’s very tasty – rich in aroma and flavor.
Sri Lankan Fish Curry
The Sri Lankan fish curries are done in so many different ways and they are extremely fragrant, oily, and eaten with almost everything – Bread, String hoppers, Hoppers, Pittu, milk rice and various kinds of rice dishes.
Sweet and spicy Mango curry is something that makes an ordinary rice & curry meal special. It is spicy, sweet and salty, and it’s so easy to cook.
This is a simple, mild, yet delicious, dish. This dish goes well for lunch or dinner. It’s a great combination with rice, dhal curry, fish curry and Sambol. You can make a variety of dishes for a rice and curry meal using carrots.
Sri Lankan cuisine is available in all leading restaurants and hotels in Colombo – ask our team at the Kingsbury for recommendations on where to enjoy the finest Sri Lankan rice and curry dishes.