An old Sri Lankan recipe ”Hath Maluwa”

An old Sri Lankan recipe ”Hath Maluwa”

“Hath maaluwa” or the seven vegetable curry is a traditional Sri Lankan mixed vegetable curry with loads of flavours and which is excellent for health.  The dish is over 1500 years old. Normally it is served during the Sri Lankan new year season. It was also a must at traditional Srilankan weddings of bygone years…The term “Maaluva” in Sinhala means curry. “Hath”  means seven. Hath Maaluva is consumed with the auspicious meal of milk rice on New Year’s day and is considered a Kandyan and up-country custom. In addition to the vegetables used in this curry, there are various additions used which add medicinal value for the dish which are listed below..…..

Ingredients Used for hath maluwa …

  • Potatoes
  • Leek
  • Carrots
  • Chickpeas
  • Green Beans
  • Cashews
  • Eggplant
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Curry Leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Green Chilies
  • Curry Powder
  • Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Salt
  • Oil for tempering
  • Cumin & Mustard seeds


  • Soak or add boiling water to cashews.
  • Soak the chick peas overnight or use canned chick peas.
  • In to a pot add the cashews and potatoes. (If you are using soaked chick peas add cashew and chick peas first and later potatoes)
  • Add spices and onion, garlic ginger, curry leaves ,cinnamon leaving half of the onions ,garlic ginger, and curry leaves.
  • Add enough water and cook on low heat until its half cooked.
  • Then add carrots & cook several minutes.
  • Add green beans and egg plants.
  • Then add leeks and chick peas next.
  • After a minute add coconut milk and cook until it boils and thicken the gravy.
  • Then in another pot add 1 tbsp oil and add cumin & mustard seeds.
  • When they star spluttering add onion, garlic,, ginger ,and curry leaves.
  • Brown them & add the curry in to it.
  • The curry is ready to serve.

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