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3 Dishes you 'must' try in Sri Lanka

3 Dishes you 'must' try in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is world famous as a breathtaking travel destination and a supplier of tea. But, it’s also home to a number of phenomenal dishes that makes ample use of a multitude of flavors and spices.

The diverse cultures present in Sri Lanka means that there will be plenty of dishes from multiple backgrounds. Here are some dishes that you should definitely try whether you’re a foreign traveler or even a native Sri Lankan who hasn’t tried these yet.

Maalu Ambul Thiyal (Sour Fish Curry)


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Out of a sea of fish curries available in Sri Lanka, Sour Fish Curry has definitely gained status as a national dish.

This is due to its rich flavor achieved by the lavish usage of spices including black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, pandan leaves, curry leaves and dried goraka (brindleberry), a small fruit responsible for giving the fish a sour flavor.

This dish has its origins in the Southern part of Sri Lanka and is available in many a restaurant country-wide, that serves curries.

Mutton Curry


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This dish originates from the Tamil culture. If you’re hosting a Tamil lunch/ dinner party, a Mutton curry is basically an expectation.

This too, faithful to the classic curry style, is rich with spices like coriander, cinnamon, curry leaves, cloves, cardamom, saffron, and black pepper.

This dish can also be enjoyed in a variety of restaurants throughout Sri Lanka.



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Watalappam is another delightful dessert dish that is present throughout the various cultures in Sri Lanka and each of them makes it differently.

This is a custard dessert that is spiced-up with cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom, often with a hint of vanilla, and a smattering of nuts or dried fruits. And as with all recipes, everyone has their very own version. The Tamils make it different than the Sinhalese, and the Muslims have another delightful variation.

These are very popular all around Sri Lanka and you can enjoy a dish at almost any restaurant.

These are only some of the unique and amazing dishes Sri Lanka has to offer. Be sure to try them out!

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