Guide to Street Food in Sri Lanka – Spicy, Flavourful and Delicious!

Sri Lanka is home to a distinctive cuisine and the country’s streets are filled with stalls and restaurants that serve some of the most interesting and delicious comfort food.

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Egg Hoppers

Hoppers are an easy to eat Sri Lankan Staple that is basically a pancake bowl served with eggs and hot chilli sambal. A typical egg hopper has a crunchy exterior and the bottom is soft and gooey with the partially cooked egg.

Pol Roti

Pol Roti is the Sri Lankan version of flatbread that is made with scraped coconuts, flour, water and salt. This dish is also eaten with sambols or chutneys. You can find this dish at many restaurants scattered around Sri Lanka the likes of Rare at Residence which is a restaurant that lets you enjoy fine dining in Colombo.

Short Eats

The Term Short eats in Sri Lanka means an assortment of snacks that are eaten almost at any time of the day; you can have these savoury treats at almost all the hotels in the country. The variety of food served as short eats range from deep fried Chinese rolls along with many other fried goodies to perfectly baked buns with savoury potato and fish fillings.

Kottu Roti

It is very hard to end this list without mentioning Kottu Roti, It is by far the most loved street food of Sri Lankans. It is made from thinly cut strips of Gothamba Roti, finely chopped vegetables, egg and your choice of meat with a lot of spices and gravy.

Tasty and Healthy Traditional Sri Lankan Food – Diversity of Sri Lanka’s distinctive cuisine

Sri Lanka, making liberal use of its local fruits like jackfruit and coconut, an arsenal of great spices and diverse seafood, features an abundance of amazing dishes that are sure to please everyone.

Traditional Sri Lankan Food| Imb by: Amila Tennakoon via Flickr,

 

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Overview

The authentic Sri Lankan cuisine is an amazing combination of diverse flavours in a single cooked meal and it is presented in a way to recall us of its delicious flavours each time we come across such marvelous dishes. A traditional Sri Lankan meal includes a healthy diet often featuring red rice, homegrown vegetable curries, a seafood dish and a green salad. History and culture have shaped the local cuisine making it inherently unique the world over.

Ayurvedic cuisine

Sri Lanka’s holistic ayurvedic medicine is rich in healing ingredients and spices and it is regarded as the oldest sciences of cooking. First, you need to determine your body type or “dosha” to set the diet that is suitable for you. Tourists who want to try out a traditional Sri Lankan meal can consider one of the top restaurants in Colombo the likes of Rare at Residence, to savour a hearty and wholesome meal.

Gluten-free hoppers

In the mood for something light and crispy that will be easy on your stomach? Then turn your attention towards some gluten-free hoppers. These Sri Lankan-style pancakes are prepared with coconut milk, fermented rice flour, coconut water and a bit of sugar.

“Building blocks”

Rice, coconut, native vegetables and spices are considered as the building blocks of Sri Lankan cuisine. The use of spices is the essence of Sri Lankan cooking. Curry leaves and scintillating spices like cardamom, cinnamon, fenugreek seeds are sure to entice one’s taste buds!

 

 

 

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Types of Grilling in Sri Lanka and worldwide – A guide for a ‘bon vivant’

 
A grill master will always know the configuration of fire, the temperature needed for different types of meat and all the necessary tips and hacks for a perfect meal.
 

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There are a few universal types of grills everyone should know and they are as follows.
 

Open grill

 
This is the smallest type and is a metal or stone box with charcoal on it. The food is placed directly over the fire. This is used for high-heat grilling and is best suited for vegetables, and quick cooking food like kebabs, fish and steaks.
 

Covered grill

 
This is similar to an open grill with a tall lid to open and close when needed. This is used for indirect grilling and smoking. This is best suited for thick steaks and fatty meats such as pork shoulder, chicken or duck. This is a common type of grilling used by most of the best restaurants in Colombo such as the centrally located Rare at Residence.
 

Vessel grills

 
These are ceramic grills with thick walls. The grilling in these vessels are done by the coal as well as the heat on the inside walls. This is mostly used for grilling, smoking and roasting and is best suited for paneer, chicken, peppers and fish steaks.
 

Smoker

 
This is one of the oldest methods of preparing food. This includes moderate grilling with the use of fire wood and wood smoke. This is best suited for tough meats such as ribs and brisket.
 
 
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