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 areΒ 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 hadΒ 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!Β Do also visit my other blog: Perspectives Quilt, which is a blog that focuses on inspiring travel, books, movies and interviews.

– Ahila Thillainathan


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    • Hi Jun & Priscilla, I liked the vegetarian recipes that you shared on your blog. They looked yummy. And, thank you for visiting this blog. Do drop me a line of feedback if you try any of the recipes. πŸ™‚

  1. Hi Ahila, what a wonderful blog! I just stumbled upon it today. I grew up in Tamil Nadu, I suppose the closest link between India and Srilanka. Would love to learn authentic Srilankan cooking from you. I’m already browsing and learning different terms…Do visit my space too, would love to interact.

  2. Hi Ahila, I just loved reading through your blog! I like to explore and learn about various cuisines around the world. And i stumbled upon your blog on Sri lankan cuisine and i found it interesting! So looking forward to learn more about Sri lanka and her cuisine and cooking methods..

  3. Hello! Thank you for stopping by and checking out my latest blog post! I am very excited and curious to learn about Sri Lankan cuisine! Thank you for sharing the recipes; I’ll be sure to check them all out!

  4. This is so fantastic! I am half Sri Lankan and have found a similar dearth of delightful Sri Lankan recipes online. Even the “Sri Lankan” feasts I sometimes have are likely less than truly authentic. I hope to begin incorporating more Sri Lankan dishes into my cooking and also into my food blog. I can’t wait to explore your recipes and hope that I can dig up a family recipe that maybe you haven’t tried yet πŸ˜€

    • Hi Amanda, Nice to hear from you. I hope you enjoy exploring the recipes on this blog and do send me a family recipe and/or your fusion creations to share on this blog. That would be wonderful! πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Ahila, so delighted to stumble across your blog! My best friend from back home in Australia (i’m living in Ireland now) is Sri Lankan, and I so miss the delicious food at her house. Cannot wait to try my hand at a few of these.

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  7. Hi Ahila
    Your blog is lovely! We had been to Sri Lanka in 2009 & fell in love with the place and although I didn’t get to try much of Sri Lankan cuisine, I’m so eager to learn from you!

    • Hi Divya, Thank you πŸ™‚ Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Sri Lanka and I hope you do enjoy trying out some of the recipes on this blog.

  8. Hi Ahila. You had followed my first blogging project, which I’m just about to shut down. I really hope you’ll head to christinanifong.com, my new baby, and Follow there, too. Thanks!

    Love what you’re doing here, BTW!

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