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7 Must-try dishes in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka - Tantalise your tastebuds

Kalpitiya is a small but beautiful town located at the end of the western peninsula of Sri Lanka and seafood in the area is a must-try if you are in the vicinity.


Pol Roti and fish curry

Pol Roti is one of the finest dishes you will come across in Sri Lanka. While it always served with katta sambol or lunu miris which is a spicy side dish made with onions, chilli, and several other spices, in Kalpitiya due to the ease of finding fresh seafood, pol roti is served with mouthwatering fish curry.


Crab Curry

With access to fresh seafood, Kalpitiya is one of the most popular locations that serves one of the most popular crab curries on the island. The curry is known to be spicy but when eaten with rice and curry it is known to be one delightful dish that is bound to tantalise your tastebuds. Most Kalpitiya restaurants are known to serve a thick crab curry.


Seafood Kottu

If you are in Sri Lanka you are definitely going to try kottu which is available in a variety of flavours from chicken, beef, pork, seafood, egg, and vegetable. In Kalpitiya the most popular topping is seafood as you are able to get a wide variety of seafood in your kottu. You can also select the different types of seafood that you want to be used for your dish. If you love prawns and cuttlefish you can specify just for these two ingredients to be used for the topping.


Rice and curry with fried sprats

Rice and curry dish is one of the most common dishes anywhere in Sri Lanka and the dish can be enjoyed with a variety of different side dishes varying from an assortment of vegetables along with a meat of your choice. Being an island it is no surprise that Sri Lankan cuisine has so many different ways of making fish and the batter fried fish is undoubtedly one of the most famous options when it comes to small fish.


String hoppers with ambul thiyal

This is a sour fish preparation that blends perfectly with string hoppers, potato curry with coconut milk along with the ambul thiyal. The sour taste which is achieved through one particular ingredient is the winner of this curry and it is a very interesting taste that you get as you mix it with the rest of the curries.


Pittu with prawns curry

Kalpitiya is known to serve one of the best prawn curries that is normally eaten with a main dish called pittu. This prawn curry is served along with kiri-hodi and Lunu miris which is another common side dish. Coconut milk is used in many dishes in Sri Lanka as coconuts can be found in abundance and depending on your requirement you can make the curry spicy or mild.


Roast Paan kottu with seafood

Roast Paan is a type of bread but not the soft white bread we imagine it to be on the contrary it is a thick hard bread which is served with dhal and coconut sambal. Aside from the two basic dishes in Kalpitiya, you are able to indulge in a delightful seafood curry which is made with a thick coconut gravy allowing you to soak the bread in the gravy making it softer.

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