10 Most Popular Sri Lankan Dishes

A trip to the island of Sri Lanka is a chance to feast on its wealthy, melting pot cooking that is influenced by its geographics. Situated in the Indian Ocean, between the Eastern and Western culture, expect an abundance of flavors.

Don’t miss out on these dishes while in Sri Lanka.

1. Rice and Curry

Rice and curry is Sri Lankan comfort food.

Ingredients: It is made of red lentils cooked in coconut milk along with tomatoes and onion. Tastes best when cooked in an earthen pot.

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2. Polos

It’s a spicy jackfruit dish.

Ingredients: Jackfruits, cinnamon, curry leaves, coconut milk, spices, garlic, lemongrass, and mustard seeds.

Eaten with: Rice and Parippu(crunchy, fried cutlet made of lentils).

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3. Wambatu Moju

Prepared by cutting the eggplant in wedges and deep-frying them to give a crispy texture. It is then caramelized with sugar, vinegar, green chilies, red onions, and mustard seeds.

Ingredients: Eggplant, vinegar, sugar, red onions, oil, green chilies.

Eaten with: Plain rice and roasted paan.

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4. Hoppers

Hoppers are basically pancakes with crisp edges and are shaped like a bowl.

Ingredients: Oil, flour, coconut milk, and batter.

Eaten with: Rice curry, spicy chili sauce, and chutney.

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5. Kukul Mas Curry

Spices are fried in oil and coconut milk and tomato puree is then added. Chicken pieces are added to the thick gravy and stewed for a little while.

Ingredients: Spices, lemongrass, coconut milk, chicken, and curry leaves.

Eaten with: Plain rice.

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6. Watalappan

Malay influenced Watalappan is a very popular dish among Sri Lankan Muslims and is a must for their religious festivals. It is basically a steamed egg custard.

Ingredients: Kitul jaggery, coconut milk and spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg.

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7. Beetroot Curry

If you have never tried beets with curry before, you are definitely in for something new.

Ingredients: Onion, turmeric, beetroot, coconut.

 Eaten with: Rice.

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8. Pol Sambol

 Sri Lankan food might be one of the easiest things to cook but also the most flavourful dishes are included in this cuisine, pol sambol is one of them.

Ingredients: Shredded coconut, dried chilies, red onions, lime juice.

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9. Wood apple Juice

Wood apple is fruit available in Sri Lanka, it’s not available in supermarkets though, it’s grown in the dry region of the country.

Wood apple with coconut makes for a delicious juice with a refreshing finish just like lemonade. There is nothing better than a large glass of wood apple juice to finish off a Sri Lankan meal.

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10. Puttu

A very common Sri Lankan breakfast dish that originated from the Asian nation. Served with hot thick coconut milk historically as an accompaniment to the dish, is currently substituted with curry and Katta sambol. This is a steamed dish with rice flour and grated coconut.

Ingredients: Rice, flour, coconut.

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