From Rice and Curry to String hoppers: Essential Sri Lankan dishes you must try

When it comes to exploring the diverse and vibrant world of cuisine, Sri Lankan food undoubtedly deserves a spot on your culinary bucket list. With its unique blend of flavours, spices, and fresh ingredients, Sri Lankan cuisine offers a gastronomic adventure like no other. If you’re in the Farringdon or Croydon area of the UK, head over to Machan Kitchen to indulge in an authentic Sri Lankan dining experience. In this article, we’ll take you on a mouthwatering journey through some essential Sri Lankan dishes that you simply must try.

1. Rice and Curry:

Rice and Curry is the heart and soul of Sri Lankan cuisine. A typical Sri Lankan meal consists of fluffy steamed rice accompanied by an array of curries, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The curries are bursting with flavours, thanks to a variety of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, curry leaves, and pandan leaves. From creamy dhal curry to fiery chicken curry, the options are endless. Machan Kitchen serves up a delectable spread of Rice and Curry, allowing you to savour the authentic taste of Sri Lanka.

2. String Hoppers:

String Hoppers are a popular Sri Lankan staple made from rice flour. These delicate, steamed rice noodles are shaped into a nest-like structure, creating a visually appealing dish. String Hoppers are often enjoyed for breakfast or dinner and are served with a range of accompaniments such as coconut sambal, dhal curry, and spicy chicken or fish curry. Machan Kitchen prepares these traditional Sri Lankan delicacies with precision, ensuring a delightful dining experience.

3. Kottu Roti:

Kottu Roti is a unique Sri Lankan street food that will tantalize your taste buds. It is a stir-fried dish made with shredded roti (flatbread), vegetables, eggs, and your choice of meat or seafood. The rhythmic sound of the metal blades chopping the ingredients on the hot griddle is a familiar soundtrack in Sri Lankan towns and cities. At Machan Kitchen, you can savour the authentic taste of Kottu Roti and experience the vibrant street food culture of Sri Lanka.

4. Hoppers:

Hoppers, also known as Aappa, are a popular Sri Lankan dish enjoyed for breakfast or dinner. These bowl-shaped pancakes are made from fermented rice batter and coconut milk, resulting in a slightly crispy edge and a soft, fluffy centre. Hoppers can be served plain or with a variety of fillings, such as egg, milk hoppers, or sweet jaggery-infused hoppers.

5. Pol Sambol:

Pol Sambol is a condiment that adds a burst of flavour to any Sri Lankan meal. Made with freshly grated coconut, red onions, lime juice, chilli flakes, and a pinch of salt, Pol Sambol is a spicy and tangy accompaniment that complements the richness of curries and the mildness of rice dishes.

Whether you’re a seasoned food enthusiast or someone looking to explore new culinary horizons, Sri Lankan cuisine offers a tantalizing array of dishes that are sure to delight your palate. Machan Kitchen, located in Farringdon and Croydon, UK, provides an authentic and immersive Sri Lankan dining experience. With their skilled chefs and dedication to using the finest ingredients, Machan Kitchen ensures that each dish captures the essence of Sri Lankan flavours.