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Jan 30, 2013 03:20 PM

Sri Lankan Cookbooks?

A restaurant review in the NYT today has me interested in delving into this cuisine, but I don't know where to start. Any recs?

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  1. I love cooking Sri Lankan and South Indian food. I find lot of recipes online, but had a book called Rice and Curry by S.H. Fernando out from the library. I didn't get a chance to cook anything from it, but a few things look good, if I remember correctly.

    I have also made a few things from this blog, including the amazing fried eggplant curry, the pumpkin curry and the karapincha symbol (curry leaf).

    The Alford&Duguid cookbook Mangoes and Curry Leaves has a great recipe for a Sri Lankan beef curry--not spicy, but well spiced and deeply flavourful.

    There was a Daring Kitchen challenge on making appam (or hoppers). Here is the link to the pdf with recipes, links and photos (disclaimer: this was my challenge).

    1. The Sri Lankan cookbooks I have were published in the 1960s, so they aren't available anymore. Which is unfortunate as they're excellent. A cousin of my husband gave me my favourite one.

      I have some Sri Lankan recipes on my food blog ( I'm married to a Sri Lankan, lived in Sri Lankan for nine years, and my husband's mother taught me most of her recipes. Happily, she's an excellent cook.

      If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them. What I don't know, my husband usually does. :)

      1. Check out Rice & Curry blog as well as the cookbook by the same name ..both by skiz. I am Sri Lankan and use this cookbook quite often. It's available on amazon.

        1. I saw that too -- (small pink stones!) The food/place looks just gorgeous and I immediately googled Sri Lankan cuisine.
          Google said " of the most complex of South Asia."
          I'd like to know more about it too.

          (The restaurant is Lakruwana on Staten Island.)

          1. Also try Sigiri in Manhattan. It's a tiny place and they didn't have a liquor license the last time we were there, but we love it.