Sri Lankan Cuisine To Try Out -A Taste of Lanka!

Sri Lanka is a land of many wonders. Take a bite of its feisty and unique cuisine and you’ll discover that some of these wonders can be found in its food as well!

 

Sri Lankan Cuisine | Free-Photos by Pixabay | CC0 Public Domain

Sri Lankan Cuisine | Free-Photos by Pixabay | CC0 Public Domain

 

Rice and Curry

 

 

The amalgamation of rice and curry is a match made in heaven. For many Sri Lankans living a day without eating rice and curry is a day that is not well lived! LOL You will come across this everywhere during your travel here whether you’re sitting down for meal at a café in Galle, at a luxury hotel the likes of the Pegasus Reef Hotel; or at the fine dining restaurants in Wattala, Kandy, Colombo or any other major city. There are many different kinds of rice just as there are curries. If you’re health conscious stick to red or basmati rice. When it comes to curry, they come in all different flavours and colours ranging from the beloved parippu (dhal curry) to the mouthwatering kukul mas (chicken) curry.

 

Milk Rice

 

 

If there’s any event to be celebrated- New Year, first day at school, coming of age or a wedding; Milk Rice will be there at the table. To make Milk Rice, one must first boil the rice with salt then when it’s cooked, add coconut milk and boil again. The cooked rice is then spread on a big plate and when its cooled, cut into either squares or diamond shapes. It’s either served along with the spicy katta sambol or with jaggery (palm sugar).

 

Hoppers

 

 

You’ve got to be hopping mad if you miss hoppers when in Sri Lanka! If you’re wondering what hoppers are, they’re sort of a crispy pancake that’s made out of rice flour. There are four different kinds of hoppers or aappa to try out. The savoury ones are the plain aappa and the biththara aappa or egg hopper. The latter has a egg in the middle of it. Then there are the sweet hoppers, the peni aappa (honey hopper) and the kiri aappa (milk hopper). The savoury ones are eaten with katta sambol and some sort of curry while the sweeter are eaten as they are.

 

Kotthu

 

 

The queen of all street food in Sri Lanka! Koththu is a dish that features strips of godamba roti that’s mixed together with vegetables, fish or meat. This mixing is really interesting to watch and listen. The koththu chef puts everything together on a special flat stove and then chops it up with two steel plates. The noise from all the chopping and the mixing sounds like a mash up of house music / beat boxing!

 

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

Dining out in Negombo – Welcome to Flavour Town!

Dining in Negombo | Image Credit : Hotel J

Dining in Negombo | Image Credit : Hotel J

Negombo is a glorious beach bound city only a one-hour drive from the commercial capital of Colombo. Apart from the exciting beach activities, the city is also popular for its impeccable dining options. Here’s a guide to help you find the best places to eat out when in Negombo.

Lords Restaurant
Lords is immensely popular among travellers. The menu here is a hybrid of western and eastern flavours and these guys do an impressive job with food presentation. The food is a little pricey although it is totally worth it. The prawns, spinach and coconut cream curry here is classic.

Petit Restaurant
This is a rather small family run diner which serves the best classical Sri Lankan food and exotic seafood out of all the restaurants in Negombo. The ‘prawn fiesta’ offered here is a local favourite.

Dolce Vita
Drop by this beachside restaurant to sip on an espresso and feast of some delicious pizza. Its convenient location along the coast of Negombo beach within easy reach of many beach hotels such as Hotel J Negombo makes it a beloved date spot for honeymooners.

Sherry Land
The menu is mainly composed of exotic seafood and meats; the pork steak is a highlight of the restaurant. However, Sherry Land is mostly known for its killer cocktails. It offers an impressive range of delicious combinations that will tune in with the Negombo warmth.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

Healthy cooking oils – And their amazing health benefits

Cottonseed Oil

Cottonseed oil – America’s original trans free vegetable oil |Cottonseed Oil via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

 

Everyone is looking for healthy replacements with fitness craze taking over the world. It is easy to be overwhelmed with the large array of cooking oil choices they have at the supermarkets.

 

Coconut oil contains over 90% of saturated fats which lead has lead to a disbelief spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for health. In reality, it is totally harmless and a safe source of energy for humans. It has powerful health benefits; it is particularly rich in lauric acid, which helps prevent heart problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.

 

Intake of coconut oil can boost metabolism, maintain healthy lipid profiles and compared to other fats, it also increases the feeling of fullness. Ensure to pick virgin coconut oil when you choose grocery products for the household and this oil can be purchased at Keells Super or any other supermarket. Apart from preventing high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, coconut oil also improves bone strength and dental health and heals liver kidney diseases and damaged tissues.

 

Containing natural oil extracted from olives, olive oil is well known having strong anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to be the main reason for health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Studies show that those who consume olive oil have a lower risk of developing stroke, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes if combined with a Mediterranean diet, beneficial for weight loss and also it may help prevent cancer.

 

Derived from the crushed seeds of the Canola plant, Canola oil has no cholesterol and contains the least amount of saturated fat, making it extremely beneficial for health and the healthiest cooking oil among its peers. Studies have shown that Canola oil reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), lowers the risk of various heart diseases, fights aging and acne, treats infection and much more.

 

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.

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