RECIPE Sri Lankan Cuisine

Sri Lankan Cuisine is one of those foods that include lots of fresh, simple, colourful, healthy (but very frackin hot!) ingredients meaning there is very little use for thickeners, gravies or pastries. Perfect for those who are wheat intolerant, celiac or just really love their spices!

I tried these 2 recipes out the other day and both turned out amazingly well. They've gone straight into the 'keep and repeat' cooking file!

Sri Lankan Style Lentils


2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 Medium onions, finely sliced
2 Small red chilies, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cups Red lentils
4 curry leaves (or use a tablespoon of curry powder if you can’t get any)
2 cups coconut milk1 cup vegetable stock
1 cinnamon stick
Half a stick of lemon grass (the white bit) crushed with something heavy to release the juice
Salt and pepper


Heat the oil in a medium pan. Add the onion and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the onion is deep golden brown.
Add the chili and turmeric, and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in the lentils, curry leaves, coconut milk, stock, cinnamon stick and lemon grass.
Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
Top up with water if mixture starts to dry out.
Remove the cinnamon stick and lemon grass before serving.

Chili Hot Devil Pork

Serves 4 to 6 people.

1 kilo of Pork - cut into 1" size chunks.
Marinade with black pepper, 1 cup of coconut milk, 1-1/2 table spoon full of Soy Sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
Mix thoroughly and leave for 45 minutes or overnight if possible.
2 large onions, finely chopped
4 large tomatoes, finely chopped
1 large red chili or a teaspoon of chili powder
4 garlic cloves
1/2 tablespoon of dried chili
1 tablespoons of curry powder
3 pieces of cloves and cardamom
Salt and Pepper


Cook the pork on medium heat in covered pan until juices have reduced to a thick oily gravy.
Add the remaining ingredients into the cooked pork.
Keep stirring and keep on a low heat for 30 minutes.

Remove cloves and cardamom before serving.


  1. For those who have celiac disease or who cannot eat wheat, make sure the soy sauce is gluten-free.


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