Srilanka’s Top 7 food plates you should not miss.

Srilanka’s Top 7 food plates you should not miss.

Sri Lanka is considered a Vegetarians paradise with so many options on offer. We have over 30 different types of vegetables in this Country that a widely available and on offer at most restaurants. You can pick and choose what you like. Being an Island Nation we are never short of Seafood and you can try a variety of fish, Prawns, Crab, Octopus, Calamari etc

1) Srilankan Kottu

Kotthu is the iconic street food in SriLanka. This is available in every town. You can try Vegetable, Fish, Meet and Egg Kotthu. In touristy towns you can have cheese and many variations which are not traditional, but an introduced version for tourists. The base of this dish is Roti , Nan bread or parata. The chopped up Roti is grilled with vegetables and spices. You can then add what you like to it to suit your taste. The chopping of the Roti is done on a metal plate with a metal blade which makes a sound, sometimes rhythmic, especially if the cook is experienced.

2) Fish Ambul Thiyal

This is a signature dish of Srilanka which is unique to us. This has derived from a traditional method of preserving food with Tamarind, Lime and other citrus spices. This is usually eaten with rice and has distinctive sharp taste The dish a very popular in the Southern region of Srilanka.

3) Milk Rice

Milk rice is usually served at Breakfast. This is rice cooked in coconut milk. The rice is sticky and is very creamy. The Srilankans eat it with a spicy salad, but you can have it with Banana if you wish. It is served in blocks and is very filling.

4) Pol Sambol

It is made with grated coconut, onions, and chillies. The colour of the dish indicates the level of spices being used. If it is dark red, brown or orange, it is on the spicy side and if it is yellow or cream colour it would be mild. This is a side dish and you need to eat it with rice or bread.

5) Hoppers

After Kotthu, this is the most popular street food in Srilanka. The base of Hoppers is Rice flour, Coconut milk and yeast. You can have an egg in it if you like. This is often eaten with a spicy salad made with chillies, onion, lime and salt.

6) Sri Lankan Dhal Curry

Dhal curry is also called the lentils curry. This is most common dish in Srilanka. Lentils are cooked in coconut milk. A mixture of spices called the curry powder is added to the curry to make it spicy. This is a side dish and you can eat it with rice, bread or roti. The taste of Dhal curry varies from region to region

7) Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

This is the most popular meat dish in Srilanka. The chicken is on board to add more flavour to the curry. The coconut milk and spices in the curry make it a very special Srilankan dish. This is often eaten with rice. If the curry is red or brown it is on the spicy side. Do not miss these dishes when you are on holiday in this beautiful Island Nation. If you wish to learn more about these dishes and Srilankan cuisine please to visit for more details on visiting Sri Lanka.

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