How to Eat Like a Sri Lankan

It was in a tiny roadside café in Sri Lanka that I first saw people eating with their hands. Growing up I have watched quite a few Bollywood movies with Mithun Chakraborty breaking into a dance in the middle of nowhere and fighting a dozen bad guys at a time. But none of the above…

Mung Kawum and the Story of My Relations with Sri Lankan Sweets

“Complicated” is probably the best way to describe my relationships with Sri Lankan sweets. While getting used to Lankan rice and curry wasn’t so hard (apart from the fact that I was crying with every spoonful of chili-infused curries), local sweets didn’t find the way to my heart even 6 years after I first arrived…

Everything You Need to Know About Sri Lankan Kiribath

My first memory of kiribath goes back to 2013 New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka. Not the kind of New Year you greet on the night of 31st of December with a glass of champagne and fireworks, but the kind you welcome on 13th of April with rice, deep fried pastries and a fire pit in the…

The End of the World As I Knew It

“It’s not like anything I imagined,” is the best thought that can run through your mind upon arrival to a new country. It’s scary, promising, and exactly what I thought to myself after landing in Colombo. Standing outside in my figure-hugging pink dress and high heels, I could almost physically feel the realization, that I…

Foodie Souvenirs to Bring Back from Sri Lanka

What can be better than hosting your family when they come to visit half way around the world? Getting a suitcase full of presents from them! I told you a story of my brother bringing 8 boxes of sweets from Russia just a month back. This week my parents-in-law brought 15 kilos of goodies from…

Cooking in Sri Lanka: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

All windows and doors open, my kitchen should have at least a slight breeze to let me have a breath of fresh air, instead it feels like I am slowly roasting in hell, my face red, sweat accumulating on my forehead and running down my spine. There’s no air conditioning in my kitchen – hence…

Sri Lankan Food: What You Should Know Before Your Visit

My first trip to Sri Lanka was a revelation in all possible meanings. I knew close to nothing about the country, its history, its people and its food upon arrival. So I had to learn everything the hard way: through unparalleled personal experience.  Thus after taking my first trip to the market in order to…

What Sri Lankan New Year Table Looks Like

For some people New Year starts in January, for others it starts in April. That came as a surprise on my first trip to Sri Lanka, when I found myself unable to get groceries, eat outside or even take a bus on the 13th of April. In that first year Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations…

Shashika’s Sri Lankan Rice and Curry

“I am cooking Sri Lankan, you are ok with Sri Lankan, right?” That’s how I met Shashika. Over lunch of rice and curry at her apartment which is so similar to our own you can play a game “find 10 differences”. It is due to the fact that we live in the same apartment complex and…