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Sri Lanka is a land rich in bio-diversity. It is also a land famous among food lovers due to the variety of food served at homes as well as hotels. Colorful, spicy, tasty food is unique to Sri Lanka.
Rice and curry is the staple diet of Sri Lankans with mountainous plates of rice accompanied by five to six curries with contrasting textures and flavors. During special occasions, curries which are served at the table total up to 15 along with pickle, a delicacy among young elderly.
Sinhalese prepare many curries, delicately flavored with lime, chilli, spices and spices. Sri Lankan Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves are the ingredients in fish and meat which add a rich aroma and taste. Creamy texture of many curries comes from the coconut milk that is extracted from coconut flesh.
Customary ‘Sri Lankan rice and curry’ features on the menu everywhere in Sri Lanka with different varieties of flavor unique to different parts of the country. In many part of the country, murunga drumstick) leaves are added to prawn and crab curries to minimize cholesterol and also to overcome to add flavor.
Curd is available in every part of the country with the flavor unique to each area. There are varieties of fruits depending on the season. There are also different varieties of banana as well as well as tasty pineapple.
As Sri Lanka has a vast coastline, cooked fish also plays a major diet. Multi-cultural influences of the country have played a major role in adding varieties of food to the country’s diet. Mouth-watering dishes such as Jaffna crab curry, Muslim biryani, Burgher lamprais and Malay watalappam are of them.
In luxury hotels, Asian fusion cuisine is in vogue where chefs create innovative dishes drawing on their experience working abroad. As a result, almost every hotel in Sri Lanka has unique mouth-watering dishes in hotel menu. Although, Sri Lankan curries are ‘hot’ and ‘spicy’, in restaurants and hotels catering to tourists, meals are milder and there are also international dishes on the menu.
Sri Lankan Cookery Demonstrations
Gastronomy enthusiasts will love the distinctive flavors, combinations and contrasts of Sri Lankan cuisine. Many chefs in hotels are often willing to show their guests how food is prepared. The following culinary experiences are available.
Learn to cook hot and spicy sea food dishes and other Sri Lankan curries with the team of chefs at Jetwing Beach Hotel. You can also visit the local fish markets in Negombo with the chef and select your own fish and get it prepared according to your taste.