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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Top Must-Sample Seafood Items at Rare at Residence

As one of the new eateries town Rare at Residence is fast becoming one of the top restaurants in Colombo and it’s mainly due to its exciting seafood menu items. As a restaurant which is based on the flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine the venue takes a novel approach to international dishes with a focus on Sri Lankan sourced ingredients and signature touches. The innovative and eclectic menu of Rare at Residence which is located in Park Street is what sets it apart from other similar endeavours in the Sri Lankan capital.

The seafood items on the menu are perhaps the most popular orders among its frequent patrons as it offers diners a little bit of everything with both flavour and ingredients setting the tone of the dish. Some of the most scintillating seafood dishes served at the venue include squid infused with arrack and oysters teamed with tomato oregano foam. The octopus with avocado and a lychee-Campari is nothing to scoff at either while scallops with tomato salsa is also the perfect starter for dinner. Crab cakes at Rare at Residence are not only served with plum tomato chutney from Nuwara Eliya but also a delicious lime Aioli. Cajun food fanatics can enjoy soft shell crabs teamed with mango/passion fruit salsa and wasabi cream while the dish named the Rare Seafood Symphony is a seafood lover’s fantasy with tiger prawns, cuttlefish, lobster and tuna entering the fray.

Taking various elements from regional cuisines as well as local staples the menu items such as Kalu Pol Lobster combine a traditional technique with a new base ingredient. Tourists in search of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine will also not be disappointed as some of the country’s staple dishes the likes of Pol Sambol and Roast Paan bread are served alongside its seafood mains. Asian favourites the likes of Laksa are also available at the locale which also offers a number of seafood infused Italian options.

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