The top ten foods You should try while You are in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with beautiful people, a beautiful language, wonderful landmarks and places to visit. The locations are breath-taking and the cultural experience is worth every single rupee. Of course the list of beauties can’t come to an end without my mentioning about the food. Sri Lankans are very creative when it comes to food and their dishes are tasty.

If ever you make a stop to this wonderful place, here are top 10 foods to try in Sri Lanka:

1. Dhal curry

The ingredients required to prepare this dish are fresh green chilies, onions, coconut, tomatoes, cumin seeds, fenugreek, turmeric, pandan leaves and red lentils, which are also called masoor dhal. The red lentils are cooked with coconut milk. Onions, tomatoes and chilies are sauteed and mixed with the rest of the ingredients. If you love your dish spicy, try this. It will blow your mind, figuratively.

2. Eggplant (wambatu) moju

Slices of eggplant are deep-fried until they turn golden brown then they are mixed with sugar, chili powder, salt, vinegar, mustard seeds and cloves to create the moju sauce. It is then served with plain rice.

3. Kottu roti

This is a wonderful dish because it makes use of leftovers. It is basically made up of bread pieces, called roti, mixed together with meat, vegetables, soya sauce or spices then fried lightly in a frying pan with a wooden handle. The blend of flavors and the tempting aroma will make you have more than one helping.

4. Wood apple juice

A wood apple is a South Asian dish with a hard shell that contains a sweet brown paste. It is good for your digestive system. You can drink it alone or add water until it matches your preference.

5. Watalappan

This is a delicious egg custard dessert made with coconut milk and Kitul jaggery mixed with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. It is sweet and thick, and is best for celebrations and festivals.

6. Egg hoppers with sambol (appa)

The creative look of this food will make your mouth water just by looking at it. The hoppers are made from sugar and coconut milk and water. As it cooks, an egg is cracked into its center to give it that pleasant look. The sambol is sprinkled on it when it is ready. It can be eaten with just about anything.

7. Lamprais

It is made up of boiled eggs, eggplant, mixed meats and frikkadels. It is mixed with rice, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon then baked in an oven at lower temperatures.

8. Green jackfruit curry (polos)

The jackfruit, called polos, is cut, sliced, boiled then mixed with spices such as pandan leaves, chili powder and turmeric. Coconut milk is added when it is almost ready then the whole dish is simmered to reduce the liquid. The finished product is a tasty, colorful dish.

9. Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry)

Cubed fish pieces are sauteed in spices such as turmeric, black pepper and curry leaves. The ingredients are simmered with a small amount of water and cooked until the water reduces, making way to delicious sour fish pieces.

10. Gotu kola mallung (salad)

Mallung is basically chopped greens and chilies seasoned with ingredients such as salt and ginger. The gotu kola leaves are used to decorate the meal when it is ready.