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Exploring Sri Lankan cuisine during the festive season

Sri Lankan cuisine is rich in flavour, colour and aroma, with a unique blend of spices and ingredients. Here are some traditional Sri Lankan foods that you can try during the April New Year festivities.

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Kiribath

Kiribath is a traditional Sri Lankan dish made from rice cooked in coconut milk. It's often served for breakfast during special occasions and festivals, including the April New Year. The rice is cooked until it's sticky and then shaped into cakes, which are cut into pieces and served with spicy sambol or a curry. Kiribath is a beloved dish in Sri Lanka that has a long history and cultural significance, representing communal harmony and familial unity.

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Kavum

Kavum is a sweet, Sri Lankan snack made from rice, flour and treacle. It's deep-fried until crispy and has a crunchy texture with a sweet and slightly savoury taste. Kavum is a popular snack during the April New Year festivities, and you can find it in almost every Sri Lankan household. You can even try this delicacy at any of the restaurants in Kalutara offered by properties such as Mermaid Hotel & Club during this festive period.

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Aasmi

Aasmi is a crispy and sweet dessert made from rice flour and sugar syrup. The dough is shaped into thin, noodle-like strands and then deep-fried until golden brown. It's then soaked in sugar syrup, giving it a sticky, sweet flavour. Aasmi is a popular sweet during the April New Year and is often served alongside other traditional sweets.

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Milk Toffee

Milk toffee is a sweet treat made from condensed milk, sugar, and spices. The mixture is boiled until it thickens and then cut into small squares. Milk toffee is a popular sweet during the April New Year and is often given as a gift to family and friends.

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Achu Murukku

Achu Murukku is a crispy, fried snack that's shaped like a flower. It's made from rice flour, coconut milk, and sugar, which are blended together to form a batter. The batter is then poured into a mould, fried until crispy, and then sprinkled with sugar. Achu Murukku is a popular snack during the April New Year festivities.

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Kokis

Kokis is a savoury snack made from rice flour and coconut milk. The dough is shaped into flower-like shapes and then deep-fried until crispy. Kokis is a popular snack during the April New Year, and it's often served alongside other traditional snacks.

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Aluwa

Aluwa is a sweet Sri Lankan dessert made from rice flour, jaggery, and spices. The mixture is cooked until it thickens and then shaped into small squares. Aluwa is a popular sweet during the April New Year festivities, and it's often given as a gift to family and friends.

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Weli Thalapa

Weli Thalapa is a sweet, steamed dessert made from rice flour and jaggery. The mixture is shaped into small balls and then steamed until cooked. Weli Thalapa has a soft and slightly sticky texture with a sweet and aromatic flavour. It's a popular sweet during the April New Year festivities, and it's often served alongside other traditional sweets.

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