Vegetarians Won’t Go Hungry in Sri Lanka

Food for vegetarians in Sri Lanka
Image: Kite World Magazine

Actually no one will go hungry in warm and friendly Sri Lanka… Eating in Sri Lanka is a delight for visitors. The Sri Lankan diet offers options for every taste and food style. The Sri Lankan breakfast include rice, roti, bread, string hoppers, hoppers and many more, and will be served with various vegetable curries. Rice being the staple diet of Sri Lanka, lunch and dinner too consist of rice with meat and vegetable curry dishes , salads and Sambals.

Sri Lankan curry includes vegetables, spices, coconut milk and optionally coconut oil. Sri Lankans love their spices and a lot of preparation goes into making a good curry. The most commonly used spices are Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Chilli, Mustard seeds, Coriander, Cumin, Peppercorn, Saffron and Curry. You’ll always finish a Sri Lankan meal with a full belly.

Vegetarian curries in Sri Lanka can be made from Potato, Dhal, Jack fruit, Mushroom, Mango, and various vegetables such as Pumpkin, Carrots, Beans, Cabbages etc. Most curries are cooked in coconut milk and are mild.

Breadfruit is a super tasty yam which can be enjoyed in numerous ways. Boiled and eaten with coconut and chili paste, or made into curries. Sri Lankans’ favourite way to prepare breadfruit is to make it into a deliciously creamy curry.

Breadfruit Tree
Breadfruit Tree [Source: Small Axe Tree Service]

This is how Sri Lankans prepare breadfruit curry…

  • 1 bread fruit, cut in to pieces
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • Few curry leaves
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp un-roasted curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp powdered chili
  • 1 tsp freshly powdered pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 dried chili – broken into pieces
  • Few pieces of cinnamon
  • Thick coconut milk from one coconut
  • Oil
  • Salt
  1. Put breadfruit in to a saucepan, add a pinch of turmeric and water, and boil with for 25 minutes or till it is well cooked. Drain water.
  2. Add oil to a small frying pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds, when it’s popping add dried chili, sliced garlic, sliced onion, curry leaves and the pieces of the cinnamon stick. Stir fry till onions are brown.
  3. Keep the drained bread fruit saucepan on the burner – turn on the heat. Add coconut milk, turmeric, curry powder, chili powder, pepper and green chili. Add the stir fried mix and salt to taste, stir well. Cover with the lid and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes or till gravy thickens.
Breadfruit Curry in Sri Lanka
Breadfruit Curry [Source: MaldivesCook.com]

A steaming creamy breadfruit curry is ready to be served and it will make a tasty rice and curry meal when combined with Fish ambulthiyal, Pol Sambol, fried dry fish and papadam.

Stay at Amaya Beach Hotel in Pasikudah and enjoy a vast range of vegetarian food and other Sri Lankan dishes to suit your palate.