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5 Sri Lankan traditional food - Divine food you have to try

Sri Lanka is a beautiful paradise island that is blessed with so many beautiful natural locations, humble and helpful people and also mouthwateringly delicious food.



Kiribath which is also known as milk Rice is the unofficial national food of Sri Lanka. The rice is kept on the stone and before it reaches boiling point fresh thick coconut milk is added to the rice and allows the rice to boil. The creamy essence gets mixed into the rice and then salt is added to taste. Milk Rice is always made at Sinhalese houses for traditional occasions such as the new year, a wedding, when someone embarks on a new journey or when a child is going to school. Milk Rice is generally enjoyed with a spicy seeni sambol which is like an onion chutney or a spicy lunumiris which is also a spicy side dish.


Pol Roti

Pol Roti is a common food in Sri Lanka as you can even find it in many street shops as well. There are many ways of preparing the pol roti but the traditional recipe has wheat flour, scraped coconut, water to mix and salt to taste. Earl's Regent Kandy and many hotels around the island now offer a variety of Pol Rotti options which will sometimes include curry leaves carrots and even onions mixed into the pol roti. This delightful treat can be eaten with pretty much any curry you have rice and curry with and can easily be eaten for breakfast lunch or dinner.



Pittu is also a traditional food in Sri Lanka but not as common as the other ones on the list. It is made a tube form and you generally eat it with coconut milk and a spicy chicken or fish curry You will not come across Pittu on a regular basis but they are likely to have it on an a la carte menu for you to select from but if you do find it in the breakfast buffet then you can most likely consider it to be the best restaurant in Kandy when it comes to traditional breakfast options.


String Hoppers

String Hoppers are similar to noodles but they are steamed into circular shapes and served in pieces. You can eat then with curries that you would generally have for rice and curry but string hoppers are most commonly eaten with pol sambal, dhal curry or potato curry with gravy and chicken or fish or meat of choice made with spicy flavouring. String hoppers are made with red rice flour as well as white rice flour so they are a tone of maroon and white respectively.



Hoppers are a common traditional food that you can come across on a daily basis. It is eaten for breakfast and dinner and you accompany it with kirihodi which is a potato curry with or without potatoes and katta sambal which is a spicy chutney like a dish that adds flavour to the main dish. Hoppers are also available with eggs, which are known as egg hoppers. As the hopper is being made, an egg is broken into the centre of the hopper and it forms itself in the centre of the hopper. Once it is cooked you can sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper and indulge the scrumptious food.

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