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.

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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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Must try dishes when in Sri Lanka – A treat for the gastronomical adventurer

Sri Lanka is in a strategic location in the Indian Ocean, influenced by the both the Eastern and Western traditions and cultures. In no place is this more apparent than in Sri Lanka cuisine, which is rich in flavour as well as spices. The advantage of being a small island, however, is that you need to venture too far from where you are to indulge yourself. All you have to do is walk into any restaurant. Colombo, the commercial capital, has plenty to spare.

A favourite among the locals and something you must not miss is the kottu. A blend of roti, shredded vegetables and pieces of different meats jumbled together with numerous spices and soy sauce, kottu was initially a way to make something tasty out of leftovers. Now, it has become quite a staple, with additions such as cheese to make it all the more delicious. You would not have known what true Sri Lankan food is until you have dipped a piece of bread in a dhal curry – a concoction of dhal, coconut milk, curry leaves and numerous spices, which is rather low in chilli. This is a local staple, and a must try for you.

Portraying the extent to which western invasions have penetrated the cuisine is lamprais, which literally means a packet of food. Originated from the Dutch, this is now made by Sri Lankan Burgher community, and is a rice packet that is cooked with cloves, cardamom and cinnamon, served wrapped in a banana leaf with eggplant, frikkadels, sambol and a boiled egg. If you are looking for a light dinner or an evening snack, look no further than the local egg hopper. They are thin pancakes with crispy edges, made of flour, coconut milk and yeast. Delicious and fun to eat, these are popular among street food stalls. If you are feeling brave, however, there are recent establishments popping up in Colombo such as Rare at Residence, which experiment with different blends of traditional Sri Lankan with traditional Western. You can always try your hand at these dishes for a gastronomical adventure you are unlikely to forget.