Sri Lanka is a culinary treasure trove, and tasting its authentic dishes is like embarking on a journey through the island’s rich culture. Here are some must-try Sri Lankan dishes to whet your appetite.

Rice and Curry – A Feast of Flavors

A trip to Sri Lanka isn’t complete without enjoying a hearty serving of rice and curry while holidaying at one of the boutique hotels in Sri Lanka offered by the likes of KK Collection. Choose from a variety of curries, each bursting with unique spices and aromas. From creamy dhal to spicy chicken curry, it’s a symphony of flavours.

Hoppers – Bowl-Shaped Delight

Hoppers are crispy, bowl-shaped pancakes made from rice flour. They come in various forms, such as egg hoppers or plain hoppers. Enjoy them with chicken gravy and sambol for a delightful experience.

Dan arndt, Sri Kanka egg hoppers, CC BY-SA 4.0

Kottu Roti – Sri Lankan Stir-Fry

Kottu Roti is a stir-fried dish made with chopped flatbread, vegetables, and your choice of meat or seafood. The rhythmic clanging of the metal blades while cooking adds to the charm of this street food favourite.

Lamprais – A Dutch-Inspired Culinary Gem

Lamprais includes two unique curries (a combination of beef, pork, and chicken), along with ash plantain and eggplant, seeni sambol, belacan, frikadeller meatballs, and rice cooked in stock – all wrapped in a banana leaf and baked. This dish is a testament to the island’s diverse culinary influences.