Sri Lanka Recipes

Sri Lankan Cuisine, Food & Recipes

Sri Lankan food is of similar spiciness to South Indian cuisine, and many Sri Lankan dishes are amongst the world’s hottest in terms of chilli content. There is liberal use of hot chilli varieties; amu miris, kochchi miris, and maalu miris. Many visitors to the country find the spiciness excessive, and many local restaurants offer low-spice versions of local foods to cater to foreign palates.

Sri Lanka has long been renowned for its spices and in the 15th and 16th centuries, traders from all over the world came to Sri Lanka, bringing their native cuisines to the island, resulting in a rich diversity of cooking styles and techniques.

Sri Lankan meals are usually boiled or steamed rice served with curry. There is a main curry of fish, chicken, pork or mutton, plus several curries of vegetables, lentils and sometimes fruit.

Side-dishes include pickles, chutneys and sambols, the most famous of which is coconut sambol. The recipe calls for ground coconut mixed with chili peppers, dried Maldive fish and lime juice. The mixture is ground into a paste and eaten with rice.

Another well-known Sri Lankan rice dish is kiribath, or milk rice. Coconut milk is found in most Sri Lankan dishes to give the cuisine its unique flavor.

Sri Lankan dishes make liberal use of spices and frequently do not follow an exact recipe… each cook’s curry will taste slightly different. Added to that are regional variations, and people of different ethnic and religious groups will prepare dishes according to their customs.

Sri Lankan Cuisine, Food & Recipes

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Sri Lankan Desserts

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Sri Lankan Sauces

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Sri Lankan Vegetable Dishes

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Sri Lankan Meat Dishes

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Zones of Peace

Sacred Groves as Zones of Peace This initiative seeks to re-establish the traditional character of the ‘Kataragama’ initiation and pilgrimage by creating a sanctuary for the living tradition in the Okanda-Kudimbigala area, within the Yala East National Park, part of Deviyange Kaele or God’s Own Forest. Any geographical site, from a simple shrine or meditation room to a national park […]

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Traditional Sri Lankan Drums

Sri Lankan Traditional Drums Sri Lanka has been having many types of drums in use from ancient times, and reference to these are found in some of the classical literature e.g. Pujawaliya, Thupawansaya, Dalada Siritha etc. Although there had been about 33 types of drums, today we find only about ten and the rest are […]

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The King as Rainmaker

The King as Rain-Maker By J.B. Disanayaka Chapter Seven from Water in Culture: The Sri Lankan Heritage (Colombo: Ministry of Environment & Parliamentary Affairs, 1992) pp. 51-56 Indian concepts of kingship attribute divine powers to the king: the king was the God on earth. One of the powers he was endowed with was the power to cause rain. […]

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Sri Lankan Caste System

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Rituals and Customs of Ancient Lanka

Rituals and customs of ancient Lanka by Florence Wickramage [Imaeg] Customs and rituals have been part and parcel of the Lankan society from ancient times. They have been handed down from generation to generation spanning over the 2,500 year old history of the country. Most of these customs and rituals are connected with the day […]

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Names in Sri Lanka

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