Sri Lankan Black Pepper Pork

Pork is a staple in Sri Lanka whether it’s curry, devilled or stir-fry. Sri Lankans usually eat it with rice or roti which complement the meat. However, the curry can taste oily while the devilled dish can be salty. In contrast, this dish uses pepper and crunchy vegetables to make the dish lean. As a…

Sri Lankan Devilled Prawns

Sri Lanka is an island and naturally full of excellent seafood. By far one of the most favourite appetizers is the spicy devilled tiger prawns which are stir-fried on high heat with onions, banana peppers and chilli flakes. This HOT dish has sweet and sour notes to it which makes it heavenly on a warm…

Sri Lankan Egg Curry or Biththara Kirihodi

Eggs are perhaps the most versatile protein available which is a favorite among much of humanity. Apart from the fried, boiled, poached and scrambled eggs, some cultures like cooking them. The Sinhalese in Sri Lanka like cooking eggs in coconut milk which they call “biththara kirihodi”. This is a great dish with rice, string hoppers,…

Sri Lankan Spicy Mutton Curry

Mutton is enjoyed by many Sri Lankans as a spicy curry eaten with rice. Typically cooked with a lot of spices, special care needs to be taken to ensure that the meat is tender. This recipe uses premium cuts of mutton with less fat for a more healthier and tastier experience.

Sri Lankan Blue Crab Curry

Dungeness crab is great for the world famous Singapore chili crab but the blue crab is king when it comes to curry dishes in Asia. This dish is close to my heart as my mother used to cook it when I was growing up in Sri Lanka.

Canned Mackerel Fry

Coming from Sri Lanka, which is still a developing country, canned mackerel and canned tuna are a regular dish at lunch and dinner. For one, canned fish are cheaper compared to fresh fish, and secondly it is easier and faster to prepare for busy families. Usually eaten with rice or bread, canned mackerel was one…

Mung Kiribath or Green Gram Milk Rice

Mung beans or green gram is a popular food in many Asian countries including Sri Lanka. Packed with a lot of vitamins and nutrients, green gram is an excellent breakfast cereal for the whole family. Mung kiribath, also known as mungata kiribath or green gram milk rice, is a traditional Sri Lankan brakfast similar to…

Cuttlefish Curry

If seafood is your thing then cuttlefish, also known as squid, calamari or “dallo”, should be a favorite. Growing up in Sri Lanka, my husband and I have fallen in love with the taste of cuttlefish cooked, fried and salad. The guys love it paired with an evening of local coconut arrak or beer. Although…

Curry Pork

Pork is widely consumed and loved in Sri Lanka. This is especially true among the Sinhalese. There are many traditional pork curry recepies indigenous to particular areas. Our favorite is the black pork curry with coconut. However, it is difficult to source all the ingredients needed abroad. This recipe is a versatile spicy pork curry…

Ginger Infused Chicken Soup

Soup is a guilty treat for my husband. Whenever he indulges in a week of rich food, he opts for a dinner of soup one of the days. To keep the soup as light as possible, I make it as a pure broth infused with a lot of ginger and herbs. The amount of vegetables…

Devilled Chicken

Devilled Chicken is one of the absolute favourites in Sri Lanka. It usually complements all Chinese inspired takeaway such as fried rice and fried noodles along with a good dollop of Chinese Chilli Paste. The dish is also a sought after bar food. Usually made with deep fried chicken, a variety of salty sauces and…

Bitter Gourd Salad

Bitter Gourd is all the rage now since it has been identified as a “super food” which can lower blood sugars while preventing cancer. However, it has been used in ayurveda for hundreds, if not thousands, of years as a refreshing side dish which helps maintain good health. On the downside, bitter gourd is a…

Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder

Roasted curry powder is a key ingredient in many Sri Lankan curry dishes, especially meat dishes. This can be store bought in Sri Lanka but is hard to find abroad. Also the homemade version tastes better as you can modify the ingredients according to personal taste.

Chicken Biryani

Biryani is synonyms with Indian cuisine allover the world. Odds are, if you have eaten at a proper Indian restaurant, you would have seen Biryani on the menu. I have had it in Asia, Europe, Middle East and America. My husband has had it in the Caribbean, Africa, South America and the Pacific which pretty…

Tangy Tomato Salad

Tomatoes, onions and chillies go well with many spicy Asian dishes. They also add the tanginess which complement the Asian spice rack. This fresh salad is crunchy, tangy and spicy at the same time adding a healthy side to rich Asian mains.

Fluffy Pastries with Eggs and Onion Sambal

Fluffy savory pastries, commonly known as “short eats”, are a major part of the modern Sri Lankan snack scene. Typically consumed at tea breaks all daylong and as an after work or before dinner snack, these pastries go well with hot ginger tea, coffee or ginger ale. I can’t imagine having tea in Sri Lanka…

Sri Lankan Sweet and Spicy Onion Sambal

Sweet and spicy onion sambal or “seeni sambal” is a popular side dish in Sri Lanka typically served alongside milk rice (kiribath), bread, hoppers, string hoppers, roti and many others. It is also used as a filling for a number of savory pastries and buns on its own or paired with boiled eggs. Seeni sambal…

Sri Lankan Chicken Curry Powder

Chicken curry is a regular item in many Sri Lankan meals. To get the rich curry flavour, several curry powders are used. Among these, chicken curry powder is a key ingredient for that authentic Sri Lankan taste.

Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is a staple in most Sri Lankan households served with rice and vegetables. It is also quite versatile and goes well with bread, naan, chapati, roti and parota.

Green Beans with Coconut Milk

Green beans are a very tasty vegetable which goes well with rice. Cooking it with coconut cream gives it a sweet taste which complements the spicier meat. Green beans are a common side dish in traditional Sri Lankan lunch.

Sri Lankan Milk Rice

Milk Rice or “Kiribath” (kiri – milk, bath – rice) is THE traditional food of Sri Lanka. Typically cooked for celebrations such as birthdays or the Sinhala/Hindu New Year, many households cook it for traditional breakfast on weekends. This heavy meal is usually cooked using coconut milk, similar to the Malaysian Nasi Lemak, but can…

Sri Lankan Traditional Chilli Paste

The traditional chilli paste of Sri Lanka is called “lunumiris” which literally means salt and chilli even though there are many other ingredients in the recepie. Lunumiris usually complements traditional Sri Lankan dishes such as milk rice (kiribath), hoppers (appa) or pittu.

Sri Lankan Raw Curry Powder

Raw curry powder is a key ingredient in all Sri Lankan curry dishes. This can be store bought in Sri Lanka but is hard to find abroad. Also the homemade version tastes better as you can modify the ingredients according to personal taste.

Chinese Chilli Paste

Chinese Chilli Paste is a must in most South Asian dishes which have a Chinese heritage. This spicy mix is so delicious that many countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India offer it as an integral part of most Chinese inspired fast food dishes.