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Seafood dishes in Sri Lanka – Food adventures worth taking

In Sri Lanka, all foodies can make their seafood dreams come true. It’s an island nation that has been gifted with an amazing culinary style and every seafood dish, including prawns, wild tuna, lobsters and you name it, tastes beyond all exaggerations. Check this out!


Jaffna Crab Curry

When in Sri Lanka, don’t miss this divine-tasting seafood dish. Jaffna belongs to the northern part of the country and has the biggest and the fleshiest crabs of all. The best place you can enjoy a great Jaffna crab curry is Jaffna itself because they have a unique way of preparing it. But, some Tamil-owned restaurants in Colombo also do have Jaffna crab curry and that too is sure to delight your taste buds.


Hot Butter Cuttlefish

Go to any restaurant in Colombo the likes of Rare Bar + Kitchen and you’ll find this seafood dish topping their lists of favourites. It’s a crunchy, spicy ad salty dish and they stir-fry it after deep-frying to get this taste. You may enjoy hot butter cuttlefish with prawn rice and a side dish of chili paste at any restaurant, and even if you go to a pub, you’ll find this dish being served as a snack or side dish.


Isso Vadei

This means prawn fritters and if you head to Galle Face in Colombo during the evening time, you may find several stalls selling ‘isso vadei’. This snack is not at all expensive and you may enjoy it alone, or with your loved ones, while watching the sunset. You will surely go for more than one because it serves such a special taste.


Fish cutlets

Fish cutlets are popular in Sri Lanka no matter where you go. Almost every restaurant or pastry shop that you’ll come across will have them, and they are not too pricey as well. For the filling, they normally use tuna, onions, garlic, and mashed potatoes. Fish cutlets make a good breakfast snack and, they go well with ‘ambul thiyal sandwiches’ offered by some of the pastry shops in Sri Lanka.


Ambul Thiyal

As you are aware, Sri Lankans cook meals in quite a different way. ‘Ambul Thiyal’ which is a traditional dish in the country is such a unique invention. Tuna chunks you find in this dish are blackened and are spice-coated. The dish is dry and sour and is a popular dish to have for lunch with other curries.

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