Sri Lankan Cooking and Cuisine
About The Art of Sri Lankan cookery
Sri Lanka has long been renowned for its spices. Since ancient times, traders from all over the world who came to Sri Lanka brought their native cuisines to the island, resulting in a rich diversity of cooking styles and techniques. The island nation’s cuisine mainly consists of boiled or steamed rice served with curry. This usually consists of a ‘main curry’ of fish, chicken, pork or mutton (typically goat), as well as several other curries made with vegetables, lentils and even fruit curries. Side-dishes include pickles, chutneys and ‘sambols’. The most famous of these is the coconut sambol, made of grated coconut mixed with chili peppers, dried Maldives fish and lime juice. This is ground to a paste and eaten with rice, as it gives zest to the meal and is believed to increase appetite. Another well-known rice dish is kiribath, meaning ‘milk rice’. In addition to sambols, Sri Lankans eat ‘mallung’, chopped leaves mixed with grated coconut and red onions. Coconut milk is found in most Sri Lankan dishes to give the cuisine its unique flavours. Sri Lankan people use spices liberally in their dishes and typically do not follow an exact recipe: thus, every cook’s curry will taste slightly different. Furthermore, people from different regions of the island (for instance, hill-country dwellers versus coastal dwellers) traditionally cook indifferent ways while people of different ethnic and religious groups tend to prepare dishes according to their customs. Although Sri Lankan food appears similar to South Indian cuisine in its use of chili, cardamom, cumin, coriander, turmeric and other spices, it has a distinctive taste, and uses ingredients like dried Maldives fish which are local to the area.
Sri Lankan Cuisine
Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the most complex cuisines of Asia. Due to its proximity to South India, the cuisine of Sri Lanka shows some influence, yet is in many ways quite distinct. As a major trade hub, it draws influence from colonial powers that were involved in Sri Lanka and by foreign traders. Rice, which is consumed daily, can be found at any occasion, while spicy curries are favorite dishes for lunch and dinner or even for the B’fast. Some of the Sri Lankan dishes have striking resemblance to Kerala cuisine, which could be due to the similar geographic and agricultural features with Kerala.
What is a Sri Lankan breakfast?
Dahl is a type of curry made with orange lentils, Sri Lankan spices and coconut milk. It is the staple of every Sri Lankan breakfast and sometimes also lunch and dinner. Depending on the cook, dahl curry can be prepared runny or thick. The idea is that it’s to be scooped with the doughy bread, string hoppers, rotti, pittu & hoppers.
Things to know when you Cook with Spices
- A combination of spices when used properly depending on the food will mix to create a complex aroma and spicy flavor
- The maximum number of spices that can be combined safely is said to be around 20.
- Sometimes taking away (not using) too much flavor, can enhance the remaining aroma and spiciness.
- Heating spices in oils or fats enhance their fragrance and flavor.
- Fresh spices smell and taste better than dry or processed ones.
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