Sri Lankan food gets the adrenaline pumping rich in flavours, spices & textures. The aromas make your nose tingle with happiness and the spicy flavours will have you coming back for more.

Being an island with a tropical climate, coconuts, fresh seafood, vegetables and spices are the most influential components of Sri Lankan cuisine. Meat and Seafood are made into curries, BBQs or even dried out and coconut is used in almost everything from bread to salads and dressings. Rice and curry is a staple in Sri Lanka and the plates are always so colourful with a variety of different vegetables served around a centre piece and the master of all Sri Lankan cuisine – rice.

But then there is still so much more to try like many forms of roti’s, hoppers, kottu, string hoppers, devilled meats and seafood, kiribath, pittu, watallapan, vadai and the list goes on. Seriously this is a country full of colour and flavour so come with a big appetite and don’t be afraid of strong flavours.

Lampraise

The diva of the Sri Lankan rice and curry is this dish, a traditional recipe which originally contained three meat items however modern versions include just a single meat, such as fish or chicken or as vegetarian along with a Fish Cutlet, Moju (aubergine/eggplant), Parippu (dhal) Coconut Sambal, Belacan (Shrimp Paste), Frikadeller Meatballs (like a Danish meatball), Fried Boiled Egg, Dahl and Rice boiled in stock, all of which is wrapped in Banana Leaves and baked in an oven. The rice is made by frying raw short grain rice with onions and spices in butter or ghee and then cooking it in a meat stock.

Hoppers

The most iconic food in Sri Lanka and I love them! Hoppers are crispy, bowl shaped, thin pancakes made from rice flour and coconut milk and can be eaten at any meal. You can eat them as a plain hopper or the signature touch is an egg. Hoppers are usually sold from the roadside shops so you can watch them being made fresh. You enjoy these with your favourite curry and condiments such as Coconut Sambol, Moju and Dhal.

Roti

Vegetable Roti, Chicken Roti or Fish Roti, they are all bundles of deliciousness, especially when fresh. These roti’s are straight up Sri Lankan street food that you can find with ease anywhere you go in the country. They are eaten warm usually with a tomato sauce or fiery chili sauce, but I also love them just the way they are.

Kottu

Kottu is the Sri Lankan street food favoured by locals and visitors alike. Some love it late at night after a stint of partying, others love it for breakfast. The coolest thing about Kottu is the way it’s made. Believe it or not, Kottu-making has a rhythmic beat, it’s a Sri Lankan icon. Kottu, is a mix of vegetables and any other foodstuff of choice chopped heartily together with a thin roti.

Pittu

Pittu is made by steaming a mixture of grated coconut and rice flour in a bamboo mould. The steamy, soft, crumbly Pittu has the most enticing aroma and is best eaten with fresh coconut milk, lunu-miris (spicy sambal paste – yum!) and local meat curry.

String Hoppers

String hoppers are like thin noodles but made of rice flour and are the easiest substitute for rice. A dough made of rice flour and water cast through a string mould is steamed on little wicker mats to create this light lacy meal which goes well with dhal curry, a local meat curry and the ever versatile Sambol.

Kiribath (milk rice)

In a Sinhalese home, special occasions begin with kiribath. It symbolises the beginning of new pursuits, festive or auspicious occasions. Kiribath means milk rice. Kiri is milk and bath is rice. It is a creamy rice cake with a subtle hint of coconut flavour and has now become one of the traditional breakfasts of Sri Lanka.

Devilled Meats

Sweet, sour and devilishly hot but full of complex flavours. A dish influenced by China but adapted to the Sri Lankan sauce that is delicious. There are different kinds of Devilled depending on the meat or fish you prefer: prawns, cuttlefish, chicken, meatballs, fish, eggs and the list goes on.

Wattalappam

Wattalappam is a popular Sri Lankan dessert which is similar to Flan. The traditional wattalappam is a brown custard and is quite ordinary looking, but don’t be deceived by its looks, the taste is complex, the texture soft, smooth and everything just melts in your mouth.
  • I wish I looked this graceful & amazing when trying to attempt this photo. 
Instead, I fall flat on my face 😂
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📸 Gorgeous photo @travelation__ 👏👏👏
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  • I book and manage lots and lots of Sri Lankan holidays each year ranging from honeymoons to family getaways. One of the most common questions I get is "should I/we pre-book our activities prior to traveling?"
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Personally, I don't pre-book our activities because I like to have a little freedom to change my mind or even better, meet a local that can give me a genuine insight into the activity & recommend exactly what I should do & when. 
Sri Lanka is great for this because the people are so friendly & accommodating. .
If possible, one activity you should pre-book are the train journeys. They sell out very quickly! .
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  • Balls of Deliciousness 😍
AKA. Fish Cutlets
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Deep fried Sri Lankan Fish Cutlets, a spicy, savory bite, perfect for any time of the day.
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I love these little balls & if you are a lover of cooking, go and Google the recipe. I promise you won't be disappointed. .
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  • Is there much to say, except... "take me there!" 😍
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This is Jetwing Kaduruketha and it is located in the south of Sri Lanka, near Ella. .
This is a gorgeous eco-friendly hotel that is worth adding onto your itinerary 💚
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  • Stilt Fishing is one of the most interesting traditional fishing methods in Sri Lanka, and travellers love them 🎣
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The beautiful sight of fishermen perched on poles as they fish skillfully during dawn, noon and dusk, can now be seen along the southern coast in towns such as Koggala, Kaththaluwa and Ahangama. .
But don't be fooled... alot of the time now, these stilt fishermen are just posing for you to get a great photo, so remember to carry some cash 🤑
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  • D O S A I
Okay yes, they aren't Sri Lankan... But... You can get Dosai in Sri Lanka and I LOVE IT!
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Dosai comes from Southern India. It's a pancake made out of rice and lentil batter, naturally fermented overnight.
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This is traditionally a vegetarian dish, but all meat lovers will love it... I guarantee 😍
My favourite is Ghee Dosai 👌
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  • Ever wanted to stay on your own private island... even just for one night? 
Well yes you can, in Weligama, Sri Lanka. We did so a couple of nights ago & it was great!!
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You can catch a boat to the island, which is great for luggage but you can also walk/swim across! It's not deep water & it adds to the adventure.
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Such a cool little experience we had ❤
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  • Should you get a driver when traveling Sri Lanka? 🚗
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I say YES!!! If you are doing a lot of traveling. For example visiting Sigiriya, Kandy, Beach, Ella, Colombo. Then I definitely say yes!
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The reason being... the drivers are so helpful, patient and have the best insights of what to see & where to eat plus you can travel at your own pace. Yes, it is more expensive but I think worth it.
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If you need a driver or just interested in getting a price, send me an email & I'll get it sorted. I work with the BEST company who also drives my family around.
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