Travelling To Sri Lanka? These 9 Dishes Are A Must Try
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Fishes, dolphins, shopping, seafood, and more, Sri Lanka's beauty ought to satisfy your sight too. Some name it the Pearl in The Indian Ocean, and some assume it as the Teardrop of India. This country is not just home to excellent food, and it's also affordable. So let’s take a peek at what all you can satisfy your flavour buds over here. 

Fish Ambul Thiyal

Seafood plays a vital role in Sri Lanka. Fish Ambul Thiyal is one of the most preferred fish curries eaten with rice. This dry curry dish often has tuna sliced into bits and sauteed with different seasonings, including black pepper, turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, curry and pandan leaves. A small fruit, dried goraka, provides a sour taste to the fish. In Fish Ambul Thiyal, all the ingredients are simmered with a tiny amount of water and boiled till the fluid reduces. 

Kukul Mas Curry

Kukul Mas Curry is a popular chicken curry made in various forms in many countries. It consists of seasonings like cloves, fennel seeds, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, tempered in warm oil mixed with chicken and flavourings like turmeric, lemongrass, curry, chilli powder, curry and pandan leaves. The gravy's base is tomato puree and coconut milk. The chicken is cooked for one hour till the seasonings are thoroughly infused.

Gotu Kola Sambol (Salad)

Gotu Kola Sambol is a quickly prepared salad in Sri Lanka. This green vegetable dish is mixed and shredded with shallots, chillies, coconut, tomatoes and seasoned with pepper, lemon juice and salt. This salad is essentially served with rice curry. 


Parippu is a split red lentils curry made using tomatoes, green chillies, and onions combined with tempered seasonings like turmeric, curry leaves and cumin, fenugreek, mustard seeds. It also has a sprinkle of pure coconut milk. 

Hoppers (Pancake)

Hoppers are like appams, wherein the mixture is made from coconut milk, water, a hint of sugar and rice flour. In Sri Lanka, these pancake-like hoppers are served with a cracked egg. 

Kiribath With Lunu Miris

Kiribath With Lunu Miris is a rice bowl mixed with condensed coconut milk usually subserved during auspicious or specific events.

Lamprais (Lump Of Rice)

Lamprais combines two words, 'rice' and 'lump'. The rice in Lamprais is made with meat stock, combining various meats like pork, lamb or beef. It is later cooked with clove, cinnamon and cardamom. Typically, Lamprais is set in the banana leafs' centre, mixed with beef balls, meat curry, vegetables and shrimp paste. 

Kottu (Diced Roti)

Kottu is Sri Lanka's famous fast food resembling fried rice. This styled hamburger kottu is made with the godamba roti, a crispy and flatbread. You can chop and fry this roti with selected ingredients. Kottu is subserved with spicy sauce/curry, which you can either pour or dip on your whole plate. 


Polo is the prevalent dish, in which the jackfruit is sliced into chunks and cooked until smooth. Later, it is prepared with garlic, ginger, onions, and seasonings like turmeric, mustard seeds, roasted curry, chilli powder, and pandan leaves. Then, at last, coconut milk is boiled to reduce the liquid.