Thursday, August 11, 2016

Scrumptious Sri Lanka Part 2 11 August 2016

Breakfasts in Sri Lankan guesthouses were pretty good. A  couple of them served eggs and toast but most of them served an assortment of fresh fruit : bananas, watermelon, papaya, pineapple and if you were really lucky mango.
Then there were pancakes with a shredded coconut filling, coconut roti, potato curry, coconut sambal, dhal and of course a nice big pot of tea. Some days i couldn't eat it all so kept some of the roti to snack on during the long public bus trips.
Sigiriya breakfast
Breakfast in Ella
Halfway through my Kalkudah breakfast

Breakfast in Arugam Bay
Coconut pancakes in Sigiriya

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Scrumptious Sri Lanka. Part 1 August 10 2016

It's almost two months now since I spent a fortnight in Sri Lanka. I wanted to go somewhere for a food experience and I well and truly got one. By staying in small guest houses and travelling around on local transport I felt I got a truly authentic experience.
Rice and curry is sort of the national dish and although I had this almost every night, not one meal was the same as the next. I was always given a big plate of rice but it was the accompanying curries which varied so much. Six or seven curries was the standard fare well as pappadums. Usually one curry was a meat or seafood dish : chicken, fish, prawn, crab, cuttlefish. The rest were delicious vegetable curries using eggplants, cabbage, spinach, jackfruit, tomato, beans, banana flower, sour mango,soy, carrot lentil dhal, and some vegetables which I didn't recognise. The curries were nicely spicy, not too hot and made with freshly made coconut milk.
Mrs Siva's Crab curry in Kalkudah

Mrs Will's Rice and curry in Ella

Mama's cuttlefish curry in Galle

And what better to accompany the meal - take your pick of fresh juices from mango,papaya,lime ,banana,pineapple,King coconut.

More Kalkudah curry from Mrs Siva

Fish curry in Unawatuna