FRESH & VIBRANT FOODS
Sri Lanka, being an island with a tropical climate, coconuts and fish are two of the most influential components of Sri Lankan cuisine. Fish is made into curries, and coconut in some form or another, is a dominant ingredient in cooking. Rice and curry are the Sri Lankan staple, though various kinds of bread, both roti-style flatbreads and even loaves of bread, are very common. A few things about Sri Lankan food can be said with certainty.
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Sri Lankans thoroughly love spices, they love food that explodes with flavour, and many enjoy deep-fried, and very tasty, snacks. Whatever you choose to eat in Sri Lanka, your mouth is going to rejoice with happiness. Though Sri Lankan food has parallels to South Indian food, yet it remains distinctly its own form of cuisine. The central feature of Sri Lankan cuisine is boiled or steamed rice, served with a curry of fish or meat, along with other curries made with vegetables, lentils, or fruits. Dishes are accompanied by pickled fruits or vegetables, chutneys, and sambals.
Throughout years of colonization and influence from other countries, Sri Lanka has adapted its food culture into a blend of different curry concoctions and tasty dishes. Sri Lankan cuisine is known for its particular combinations of herbs, spices, fish, vegetables, and rice fruits. The cuisine is highly centred around many varieties of rice as well as coconut which is an ubiquitous plant throughout the country. Seafood also plays a significant role in the cuisine, be it fresh fish or preserved fish. As a country that was a hub in the historic oceanic silk road, contact with foreign traders brought new food items and cultural influences in addition to the local traditions of the country’s ethnic groups, all of which have helped shape Sri Lankan cuisine.
‘The cooking of Sri Lanka is amazing and balanced with a melange of tastes, flavours, aromas and mouthfeel. The varieties of veg and non-veg dishes have a lot to say about the rich culture and traditional beliefs followed by them in order to impress the audience on a global platform’- Chef Kaviraj Khialani- Celebrity Master Chef.
ONE OF THE BASIC RECIPES FOR A SRILANKAN CURRY/SPICE POWDER:
Let us have a look at a few popular and easy-to-make dishes often prepared during festivities, at restaurants and special occasions on Sri Lankan Menus:
Recipe-1] SRI LANKAN STYLE MULLIGATWANY SOUP
Recipe-2] SRILANKAN CHICKEN CURRY
Recipe-3] EASY COCONUT SAMBAL
RECIPE-4] SRI-LANKAN KUTTU PAROTTA
Recipe-5] PANI POL COCONUT PANCAKE SWEET
ON A CONCLUDING NOTE:
SRI-LANKAN CUISINE is truly a delight to try and adapt into our daily cooking as well to be able to enjoy the robust aromas, and variety of flavours to treat our palate! Most of these recipes can also be Indianised in a number of ways for example the curries, gravies, and the kuttu parottas concept can be good examples to try and work with when it comes to using leftover rotis etc. one should be open to accepting new ideas, new cuisines, new ways of cooking along with trends which keep coming and going. On a note of recommendation along with my own visit to Sri Lanka a few years back I truly believe this is one of those good foods to be relished by all of us without a doubt.
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About the author
Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.