- Pandan leaves
Pandan leaves are frequently used in Sri Lankan cuisine. Their taste is not so strong compared to other ingredients. So if you do not have it, you can skip it.
- Baby jackfruit curry - Polos
Jackfruit is a fascinating fruit. Not only because of its size, but it is used completely different way in each stage of its ripeness. If it is of a size about 15-20 cm, it is called baby jack (or green jackfruit). It is used as a vegetable and has a sour taste. The curry made of it is called polos and is a bit sour too, but very nicely sour.
- Bandakka curry - Ladies fingers curry
This curry is exceptional firstly as it is nearly not spicy at all and secondly, okra is a slimy vegetable, which some people love, some don't. If you belong to the ones, who love it, you will love this curry too. As Ladies fingers curry is nearly not spicy at all, it is usually combined with more spicy curries like for instance Jackfruit curry.
- Coconut curry
Most of Sri Lankan recipes consists of coconut. The more when talking about this recipe. It is a delicate sauce pleasantly seasoned, which is used especially for string hoppers (rice noodles) or kottu roti (chopped bread).
- Devilish peppers
Before I left to Sri Lanka, my friend Lucka, who loves very spicy food asked me for bringing her some very spicy recipe. Have look at the list of ingredients, and I believe you agree, that I would hardly find a recipe fitting her taste better :) If you do not belong to fans of a spicy food, better skip this recipe
The essential dish in Sri Lanka. Locals eat it two, sometimes even three times a day. As most of recipes in Sri Lanka are vegetarian and vegan, lentils are very important source of proteins. Most of dhal recipes I have known seemed too complicated. So this is probably one of the most easy recipes, I was taught by my Sri Lanka family and it is so delicious too.
- Green bean curry
Curry, that belongs to the most common ones in Sri Lanka. Of course it can`t compete with dhal curry regarding frequency. It is very fast and easy recipe again, you just put everything at once into a pot and cook.
- Chicken curry
I was walking on the train trails, passing a beautiful house made of ground, in front of which kids and dogs were playing. Kids were all smiles and calling at me "hello, what is your name?". So we started chatting, whole family joined us and they were so nice and as a bonus I got invitation for a Sunday lunch. One of the dishes was chicken curry. Most of curries in Sri Lanka are vegetarian. If it is with meat, the most common is the chicken one. And it was amazing!
- Kueh dadar - Pancakes with coconut
I was always wondering, where is the green colour in Southeast Asia pancakes coming from. Now I know. Of course it is not an artificial food colorant. It is a completely natural juice from pandan leaves. May be you have pandan as a house plant in your home. If not, no worries, just skip it. The pancakes will be delicious anyway. Not only because of the delicious coconut filling, but rice flour and coconut milk in the batter make the pancakes light and tasty.
- Mixed rice
This kind of dish is in Sri Lankan villages considered as a dish served at special occasions. And the fact it was decorated with dates, rosins, prawns and eggs was even more special. As in Sri Lanka, they do appreciate guests, and luckily it was me, as I was invited for a Sunday dinner by a very nice family. So one of the courses was this very nice dish. It is something like fried rice. But the rice was not fried, just mixed aside from fire with other fried ingredients.
- Oyster mushroom curry
Another amazing Sri Lankan recipe, meat substitute. Oyster mushroom curry full of proteins. A bit spicy as most of Sri Lankan dishes. But really delicious.
- Potato sambal (salad)
Would you like to refresh your traditional portfolio of potato salads and you do not mind spicy food? Try Sri Lankan style potato salad. You can serve it warm, cold, as a side dish or main vegetarian dish too.
- Pumpkin curry
One of the first curries I learned from grannies in a little house by train tracks in Sri Lanka. I wish I made more shots of the amazing kitchen for the video. But as at the time I just started filming, so you will find them in the newer video recipes and this one is mainly about the recipe :)
- Soya meat ball curry
Another great recipe from the range of Sri Lankan curries. Without chicken broth, it is perfect meal for vegetarians and vegans, full of proteins. If you follow the recipe 100%, it is quite spicy. If you do not like it too spicy, better reduce amount of red chili powder and check heat level of garam masala you have available.
- Vegetable and egg roties
Roties, pastries with origin in South India, now widely spread all around Sri Lanka. It is available nearly everywhere. Sri Lankans eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner too.
- Wambatu curry - Eggplant curry
In Sri Lanka they make curry from nearly any kind of vegetable you can imagine. Eggplant is not en exception. And as usual is very easy, fast and tasty, convenient for both vegetarians and vegans too.
- White cabbage curry
Another recipe from the range of Sri Lankan curries. This time the main ingredient is white cabbage, which I considered as quite boring vegetable, until I tried this recipe of course ;)