A Taste of Sri Lankan Cuisine is a blog that attempts to document the evolving cuisine of Sri Lanka as experienced in my home and the homes of friends from different parts of this island nation. The blog recognizes that there would be fusion food coming in from different homes so the classification of the region that a particular dish comes from will be at the discretion of the contributor where he/ she feels it best fits into.
Why did I start this blog?
Following an Indian culinary journey challenge I had set myself for the month of July 2013, where I tried making a dish or a few from each of the 28 states of India, I wanted to do something similar for the 25 Sri Lankan districts or at least the 9 provinces. While there had been a wealth of information online on Indian cuisine, I was disappointed that I couldn’t find recipes for all the districts or even provinces of the country. Most of the Sri Lankan food blogs focused on one region or other or were fusion/ original creations. So, I decided to start up A Taste of Sri Lankan Cuisine.
I would like to invite anyone interested in sharing their favourite Sri Lankan recipes, traditional, fusion or original creations using local ingredients, to drop me a line using the contact form below. I have cited the source for each recipe shared on the blog, except for my experimental recipes, and the corresponding photos are those sent by the person sending me the recipe. Contributors of recipes to the blog are also acknowledged under the Acknowledgements page.
As a person who only became interested in cooking a few years back, I started my recipe collection by recording my mother’s recipes and taking photos of the food she makes. In the process, this blog became more than documentation of Sri Lankan recipes, it became a mother-daughter special project that I have enjoyed working on.
I have included a copyright clause for the recipes and associated photos after I accidentally came across a site regularly re-posting my mother’s recipes and photos and claiming it as their own without acknowledging the source. I did contact that site and had them remove recipes from this blog but I felt it best to include the clause. In that vein, I also included a disclaimer for the YouTube videos (usually music videos) I have shared on this blog stating that the copyright of those videos lies with the video producers.
I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I am enjoying putting it together! Do also visit my other blog: Perspectives Quilt, which is a blog that focuses on inspiring travel, books, movies and interviews.
– Ahila Thillainathan