Learn how to make rice and curry, Sri Lanka’s delicious and underrated traditional cuisine, which is overshadowed on the international culinary stage by the food of its neighbours, such as India. Although it sounds simple, rice and curry is actually a complex dish comprised of seven different elements, including curries, spiced vegetables in a variety of textures, sambols, chutneys and rice.
Visit the lively Galle Market with your host for the day – an experienced chef – and explore the vibrant range of spices and exotic fruits and vegetables on offer, many of which you may never have seen before, such as the vibrant pink dragon fruit or the versatile jack fruit. Your host will show you some of the most important ingredients in traditional Sri Lankan cooking and explain their uses, whilst selecting the fresh fruits and vegetables that he will be using to prepare your meal.
From the market, sail along the Kapu Ela river into the rural landscape just inland from Galle, an area scattered with small villages and rubber and tea plantations, to the wattle-and-daub hut where this experience takes place. Surrounded by paddy fields, this is an utterly tranquil and authentic backdrop for your cooking class. Watch your chef prepare a range of traditional Sri Lankan dishes and learn how the locals make coconut milk by cracking open and scraping out the coconuts. Afterwards, feast on fresh, authentic Sri Lankan rice and curry – comprised of eight different dishes – served in a lotus leaf. If you are feeling adventurous, eat the local way using just your right hand.