Sri Lanka has always been a crowd favourite and a spectacular place to travel to. With the ongoing situation, Sri Lanka is a country that has been recognized by the WHO and other organizations for taking prompt control and it will soon be open to the world once again. Apart from the beautiful landscapes, nature, pristine beaches and rich history, the best part of the visit here, is the Sri Lankan food. Sri Lankan folks absolutely love their spices, and the food just bursts with flavour. No matter what you pick to eat in Sri Lanka, your taste buds are going have a party in your mouth!
Sri Lanka, a tropical island with warm sunny weather, bears many coconut trees and a fresh batch of fish is always available, and these two ingredients are used very commonly in Sri Lankan food. The fish is either cooked into a curry or deep fried, and coconut is used for the gravy or sauce, or made into a delicious chutney. Though the staple food in Sri Lanka is rice and curry, breads, and roti, other floury food items are equally famous among the locals. So, I have made a list of some wonderful Sri Lankan food that you shouldn’t miss when you visit this paradise island.
RICE AND CURRY
A Sri Lankan staple, and a hearty meal is a plate of rice and curry. It consists a plate of rice with sides of a few vegetable curries and a choice of fish or meat curry.
Dhal curry is one of the most consumed dishes in Sri Lanka. Dhal, is a type of lentil, and cooked with a mix of spices, and coconut milk. It is common in Sri Lanka, and you can eat it with rice and breads.
Kottu roti, is a very popular Sri Lankan street food dish! Made with shredded pieces of thin roti, stir fried with a blend of spices and a choice of meat, this dish is something that tastes so good, and is often one of the fast foods in Sri Lanka that almost no one can resist.
Hoppers also known as ‘appa’, is sort of an iconic dish in Sri Lanka! Made with flour, coconut milk and toddy, the batter is whipped and cooked in small fry pan. The end results? A splendid dish that is thick and soft in the bottom, and thin and crunchy around the edges. Hoppers can be made plain, or with an egg in the centre.
Another famous dish is string hoppers, a dish that is made from rice flour! This is where super soft dough is squeezed into thin noodles, and then steamed.
SPICY COCONUT SAMBOL
This Sri Lankan dish is one of the most delicious meals ever made, and is a very simple relish, the locals call it ‘pol sambol’. It is a mixture of shredded coconut, red chili powder, lime juice, onions, and salt. Pol sambola is best eaten with bread, roti, or rice.
Sri Lankan roti is a type of flatbread made with grated coconut, flour, water and salt. They are made into a dough, parted into smaller dough balls, flattened, and then cooked on a hot pan. This roti can be eaten by dipping it into a curry, pol sambol or lunu miris (chillie salt).
Sri Lankan pittu is a combination of rice flour and shredded coconut. These are traditionally steamed in bamboo, but also steamed in custom metal tubes. Pittu has a crumbly texture and is often served with fresh coconut milk.
SRI LANKAN CUTLETTS
The Sri Lankan fish cutlet is an undeniably wonderful snack. It’s packed with a mixture of fish and potatoes, transformed into breaded balls and deep fried. These are delicious snacks that you can’t get enough of.
In Sri Lanka, curd is eaten as a dessert and is drizzled with a syrup made from liquid jaggery called Kithul pani. Curd is full of creamy goodness that tastes similar to yoghurt. It’s cooling and a wonderful treat for a warm day
WOOD APPLE JUICE
This hard-shelled fruit is cracked open and the insides are scooped out and mixed with sugar and milk (some use thick coconut milk) this, is then pulped and turned into the very popular Sri Lankan drink, Wood apple juice! The ideal beverage to wash down all that spicy Sri Lankan food.
SRI LANKAN TEA
Sri Lanka is one of the world’s leading tea producers in the world and to a regular Sri Lanka, the day wouldn’t be complete without many cups of tea. Tea comes in several forms such as, plain tea, milk tea, ginger tea and many other choices that you could choose.
If food is the main reason you travel around, then a holiday to Sri Lanka is the best choice you would ever make! So, call or email us at Travel Center for more details, as we have the best deals and cheap flights to Sri Lanka. Book with us now and travel later to avoid any disappointments.