Sample some Sri Lankan Food

A typical Sri Lankan New Year meal
A typical Sri Lankan New Year meal

I got so sick of eating pizza back in the States that I did the total opposite of what the locals were doing at this eatery and stared hungrily at the Sri Lankan dishes on display. It would have been a fine sight indeed to see a guy like me who could quite seriously pass for a Sri Lankan behaving ever so strangely. But the truth is that Sri Lankan food is very savory and yummy.

It could be because South Indian food shares some with the food from the Paradise Isle. Nonetheless, a lot of people tend to agree. I, for one, even had a good helping of Sri Lankan food even while in college at the U of Minnesota would you believe with the Sambol Restaurant even delivering on orders over $20.

Sorry Domino's, I was in the mood for rice and curry!
Sorry Domino's, I was in the mood for rice and curry!

Anyway, I am quite the expert on the dishes of the Emerald Island and I am willing to share this with you. I know most of you would probably not be heading down there unless you're from India or someplace near, but this is some good food and I want you to be aware!

Hoppers and Fish curry - a good start to the day!
Hoppers and Fish curry - a good start to the day!
You could also go with a personal favorite of mine - Kiribath
You could also go with a personal favorite of mine - Kiribath
Kiribath goes with the red Katta Sambol and then there is the sweet Pongal.
Kiribath goes with the red Katta Sambol and then there is the sweet Pongal.

Lunch is when it gets interesting.

The cuttle fish is a must try and you want to have some of the local fried rice and the prawns or chicken curry that is such a hit with tourists. The island is rich with its seafood from crabs and lobsters to oysters and cuttle fish. A restaurant that you want to visit if you ever come to Sri Lanka is the Ministers of Crab that is run by two of the country's most famous cricketers.

Cuttle Fish!
Cuttle Fish!
Fried rice
Fried rice
Prawn curry
Prawn curry
The 'wholesome' meal, hahaha
The 'wholesome' meal, hahaha

A warning!

Some of these dishes can be hot and spicy for foreigners, but I know that this really depends. I have had several friends in the US who actually enjoy this level of spicy stuff! Me being South Asian have always been enamored with hot food. So dig into these dishes with some caution at the start as you want to ascertain whether it is palatable for you.

One thing that for sure is going to be enjoyable is the dessert and this cuisine has several pleasing ones!

My favorite dessert - Watalappan

Mmm, yummy!
Mmm, yummy!

How to make Watalappan

Since I've lived in Sri Lanka for quite a bit it was only right for me to introduce a dish that I feel like I invented. Its basically honey (kithul) - another popular side dish - and bread that really melts in your mouth. I'd take this over chocolate any given day!

Kithul will go with roti or practically anything!
Kithul will go with roti or practically anything!

If all else fails, there is always the succulent fruits that the country is renowned for. Pineapple is a delicacy that should be had with some red chili.

This country boasts a number of different types of fruit for you to try.
This country boasts a number of different types of fruit for you to try.

One thing is for sure there is no shortage of savory items to get you through a long day touring the sites and sounds of some Sri Lanka's attractions. My personal favorite is roasted cashew nuts and be sure to try the Rancrisp brand when you do go over to the Paradise Isle.

Cashew nuts, peanuts, mixture - try them all!
Cashew nuts, peanuts, mixture - try them all!

World famous Ceylon Tea

I am not a big fan of drinking tea, but it was only right to include it as part of this Sri Lankan cuisine hub.
I am not a big fan of drinking tea, but it was only right to include it as part of this Sri Lankan cuisine hub.

This is actually the tip of the iceberg, would you believe. There is a whole lot more and I am hoping to cover those in another Hub (yeah! I love Sri Lankan food that much). You need to know about some of the other delicacies like Kothu Roti and Lamprais.

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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for this clarification. We've been visiting a newly-opened Sri-Lankan restaurant and we always spend too much time asking the waiter to explain the dishes. Your hub lets us skip a step. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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vinayak1000 3 years ago from Minneapolis Author

Haha. That's great! There is actually a lot more to Sri Lankan food; I want to put a Hub on Indian food too.

You've been a great inspiration with your Hubs and great tips. I haven't been as successful on reddit yet, but I should get better.


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Gvkishore 3 years ago from Nellore

nice published vinayak1000 .

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