Seeni Sambol (Caramalised Onion with Ceylon Spices) & a Brief Note about Popular Sri Lankan food
My origins are from Jaffna, we eat red parboiled rice and make string hoppers and pittu with red rice flour. Also we use tamarind and coconut milk to make tangy hot and sour curries. Sinhalese use lot of wheat flour to make their food and also white rice & red raw rice is popular. Hence you would find bread, different variety of rotis (flat breads) and ingredients like goraka (Gambooge), lemon grass being used to flavor curries. In Muslim cuisine you would find dates and influence of Malay cooking in their food. In hill country where tea plantations are, tea pluckers eat lot of rotis. Sri Lankan rotis are made with wheat flour and grated coconut.
Hoppers looks like half a ball (hemispherical shape) and is a crispy crepe served as breakfast or dinner. Hoppers are made with fermented rice flour. Generally served with Seeni sambol, sambol or lunu miris (spicy salad made with lots of onions and crushed red chilies)
String hoppers on the other hand is steamed noodles made with rice flour dough. The dough is filled in a mould. Then the mould is gently squeezed to get strings, which is pressed into special string hopper mat in the shape of small circles.
Sambol is also another popular Sri Lankan food item. Its made with grated coconut, crushed red chilis and onion.
And the most popular Ceylon street food is Kottu, which is roti pieces (flat bread) mixed with curry sauce, vegetables or meat.
50 ml / 4 large tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
half a stick of crushed cinnamon or 1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp zero chili curry powder
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp sugar
handful of curry leaves
Salt to taste
Add roughly chopped onions into a food processor, coarsely blend them.
Caramalised onion and garlic in hot and sour gravy
Green beans stir fry
Kottu (Flat bread pieces mixed with spicy curry sauce and vegetables)
Cabbage stir fry
My Mom’s zero chili curry powder
Bitter melon salad
Sri Lankan lunch
Sri Lankan dinner – String hoppers
Soya meat curry
Sambol (Grated coconut salad)
Deviled Chickpeas (Spicy snack served with Alcoholic drinks)
String Hopper Biryani