Food in Sri Lanka

 
Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the most complex cuisines of South Asia,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 gravy are favorite dishes for lunch and dinner. 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.
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 , 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 ground coconut mixed with chili peppers, dried Maldives 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 flavor.
Sri Lankan people use spices liberally in their dishes and typically do not follow an exact recipe: thus, every cook's gravy will taste slightly different. Furthermore, people from different regions of the island (for instance, hill-country dwellers versus coastal dwellers) traditionally cook in different ways while people of different ethnic and religious groups tend to prepare dishes according to their customs. Although Sri Lankan food appears similar to Thai ,Malaysian or Indonesian cuisine in its use of chili, cardamom, cumin, coriander and other spices, it has a distinctive taste, and uses ingredients like dried Maldives fish which are local to the area.
Especially for Indians there are pure vegetable or non-veg restaurants available in Sri Lanka
Most popular Indian foods are Dosas, Uthappams, chapatti, roti, pittu, Appan (hoppers) string hoppers (idiyappa) etc.
Every Sri Lanka Tour packages particularly designed for Indian pilgrims provide purely vegetarian food, non-veg food only on request and we are already connected most popular Indian restaurants in Colombo called curry leaf, Bollywood, Nayagara and Shanmugas Indian restaurants.

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