Eat and Drink Like a Local
If you dip your finger into a local cooking pot you might be surprised by some strange flavours. Located right in the middle of the big shipping lanes of the ancient world, this spice-rich island has attracted many peoples to its beautiful shores. Sri Lankan culinary art reflects the traditions of these various cultures.
If you are looking for a taste of Sri Lanka, you should try rice and curry. Boiled rice and spicy curries are the staples diet of most Sri Lankans. A warning to the uninitiated – watch out for those curries – “hot” is definitely the word for them, and they can be tough on the first timer’s palate. Just about anything can be curried. It’s a dish of meat, fish or vegetables, cooked in the coconut milk and seasoned with chillies, pepper, onions, various spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, nutmeg, and turmeric.
Rice ( either boiled plain white or spicy and coloured with turmeric) is usually served with up to six or seven curries. It may be accompanied by various pickles, chutney, and sambal- a spicy mixture of scraped coconut and red chillies. well known is the fact that Mediterranean food constitutes the most nutritious meal. Take it as a fact that a typical Sri Lankan meal of rice and curry washed down with water often hot, is an excellent competitor or a close second.