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2019.07.12

The healthy, spicy and trendy Sri Lankan Cuisine


Tea pickers at a plantation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the food trends in 2019 according to BBC Good Food. The cuisine is a combination of South Indian, Southeast Asian and European cuisine. There is a strong influence from different countries due to contact with foreign traders and years of colonization. We can see the blend of international dishes such as curry concoctions, and unique types of breads: Theti Paan and Roast Paan.

The ethnic diversity also contributes to the unique varieties of food in Sri Lanka. During the 15th and 16th centuries, traders from India, Europe, Arabia, Africa, and the Malay came to Sri Lanka and brought their native cuisines, different cooking styles, and techniques. For example, Lamprais, which is derived from the Dutch word lomprijst, which loosely translated means a packet of food wrapped in banana leaves and baked in an oven.

The dishes commonly found in Sri Lankan cuisine are rice, coconut and spices. The main feature of Sri Lankan cuisine is boiled or steamed rice, served with a curry of meat, fish or chicken served with other curries made with vegetables, lentils, or fruits. Ground coconut mixed with chili peppers, dried fish, and lime juice are common side dish.