Rice is the staple food in Sri Lanka and is usually served with colorful curries. In this case, however, the term curry does not refer to the combination of spices that one is familiar with in Germany, but small tasty bowls of regional vegetables such as Goa beans, luffa (Pathola), okra, lotus root, kohil leaves, or plantains (alu kesel). But also European vegetables such as eggplants, carrots, and cabbages find their way into the tasty curries, which can also contain different varieties of meat or fish.
The dishes get their special zing from the great variety of wonderful spices which are used in Sri Lankan cooking.
Also foreign influences, some dating back to colonial times, have left their mark on the Sri Lankan kitchen. Thus, lump rice (rice wrapped in banana leaves and served with condiments) is a legacy of the Dutch.
Food staples also include ‘hoppers’, a pancake-like snack, and ‘string hoppers’, a version consisting of rice vermicelli. One must also mention ‘pittu’ and ‘roti’, a delicious mix of flour and coconut.
But that’s not all! Those who want a portable lunch will be pleasantly surprised by the seemingly endless variety of Sri Lankan snacks available: for example crocodile-shaped buns (kimbula bunis) or with fish (malu pang), pastries or other vegetable, fish, or meet fritters, known by locals as ‘short eats’.
But that’s not all! Those who want a portable lunch will be pleasantly surprised by the seemingly endless variety of Sri Lankan snacks available: for example crocodile-shaped buns (kimbula bunis) or with fish (malu pang), pastries or other fried snacks filled with vegetable, fish, or meet. known by locals as ‘short eats’.
For dessert one usually eats fruit. Besides many varieties which have found their way to Europe, such as bananas, mangoes, papayas, and pineapple, there are still delicacies unknown to the West waiting to be discovered. Or have you already tried rambutan, sapodilla, mangosteen, or crab apple? Those who find these too exotic should definitely try buffalo-milk yogurt sweetened with palm-sugar. And of course one mustn’t forget the special puddings of Sri Lanka.
Regardless of which curry they’ve tried and which snacks they’ve eaten their fill of, all those who make a Sri Lankan culinary journey have one thing in common: they have enjoyed a healthy and delicious meal.