Text 3. Cuisine of Sri Lanka
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Scan the following text and find the information about national sweets and desserts of Sri Lanka. Can they be compared to any Russian desserts? Discuss it with your partner.

The cuisine of Sri Lanka belongs to South Asian group. It draws influence from that of India, as well as colonists and foreign traders. Rice, which is usually consumed daily, can be found at any special occasion, while spicy curries are favorite dishes for dinner and lunch. A very popular alcoholic drink is toddy, made from palm tree sap. Arrack is the de-facto distilled national drink. Rice and curry refers to a range of Sri Lankan dishes.

Sri Lanka's cuisine mainly consists of boiled or steamed rice served with curry. Another well-known rice dish is Kiribath, meaning "milk rice." Curries in Sri Lanka are not just limited to meat- or fish-based dishes, there are also vegetable and even fruit curries. A typical Sri Lankan meal consists of a "main curry" (fish, chicken, or mutton), as well as several other curries made with vegetable and lentils. Side-dishes include pickles, chutneys and "sambols" which can sometimes be fiery hot. The most famous of these is the coconut sambol, made of ground coconut mixed with chillies, dried Maldive fish and lime juice. This is ground to a paste and eaten with rice, as it gives zest to the meal and is believed to increase appetite.

In addition to sambols, Sri Lankans eat "mallung", chopped leaves mixed with grated coconut and red onions. Coconut milk is found in most Sri Lankan dishes to give the cuisine its unique flavor.

Sri Lankans use spices liberally in their dishes and typically do not follow an exact recipe: thus, every cook's curry will taste slightly different. Furthermore, people from different regions of the island (for instance, hill-country dwellers versus coastal dwellers) traditionally cook in different ways. Although Sri Lankan food is similar to south Indian cuisine in its use of chilli, cardamom, cumin, coriander and other spices, it has a distinctive taste, and uses ingredients like dried Maldive fish which are local to the area.

Sri Lankan food is generally much spicier than most South Indian cuisine, and many spicy Sri Lankan preparations are believed to be among the world's hottest in terms of chilli content. There is a liberal use of different varieties of scorching hot chillies such as amu miris, kochchi miris, and maalu miris (capsicum) among others. While native Sri Lankans are born into this cuisine and develop a healthy tolerance to spicy food, many visitors and tourists to the country often find the spiciness excessive. As a result, many local restaurants in developed and tourist areas offer special low-spice versions of local foods to cater to foreign palates, or have an alternative western menu for tourists. It is generally acceptable for tourists to request that the food is cooked with a lower chilli content to cater for the milder Western palette. The chili content in food cooked for public occasions is typically much less than home-cooked food.

Hoppers (appa) are another food native to Sri Lanka, served mainly for breakfast or lunch and often accompanied by "lunumiris," a fiery hot mix of red onions and spices. Hoppers are made from a fermented batter of rice flour, coconut milk and a dash of palm toddy, which lends a sour flavor and fermentation ability. If toddy is not available, yeast is often used. The batter is left to rise, then cooked in a hemispherical wok-like pan. There are many types of hoppers including egg hoppers, milk hoppers, and sweeter varieties like vanduappa and paniappa.

"Wattalapan" - a steamed pudding made with coconut milk, eggs, and jaggery (a sort of solidified treacle extracted from the kitul palm) has become a staple Sri Lankan dessert, although first introduced by the Malays. Another well-known sweet is "Kavun", a cake made with rice flour and treacle and deep-fried to a golden brown. A variety of "Kavun", called "Moong Kavun" is made from green gram - a type of pulse - which is then ground to a paste and shaped like diamonds before frying. This is equally enjoyable. Many sweets are served during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year with "kiribath". Most Sweets eaten by Sri Lankans have been adopted from Tamil Nadu (South Indian), for example Pongal.



1 toddy – пунш, тодди; пальмовый сок

2 arrack – арак (спиртной напиток из риса)

3 mutton – баранина

4 chutney – чатни (индийская кисло-сладкая фруктово-овощная приправа)

5 fiery – жгучий, острый (о вкусе)

6 zest – пикантность, особенность; особый вкус

7 dweller – жилец, житель; обитатель

8 scorching – обжигающий

9 tolerance – терпимость

10 wok – котелок с выпуклым днищем (особ. для блюд китайской кухни)

Text work

1. Skim the text and find the information about the following things. Retell it to your partner:

a) the place of rice in Sri Lanka’s cuisine

b) tolerance to spicy food

c) hoppers


2. Translate the given phrases from the text:

1 usually consumed daily

2 made from palm tree sap

3 steamed rice served with curry

4 it gives zest to the meal

5 chopped leaves mixed with grated coconut and red onions

6 follow an exact recipe

7 taste slightly different

8 the world's hottest in terms of chilli content

9 low-spice versions of local foods

10 deep-fried to a golden brown


3. Agree or disagree with the following statements according to the text:

1 The cuisine of Sri Lanka was greatly influenced by German cuisine.

2 The peculiar feature of Sri Lankan cuisine is it’s spicy dishes.

3 Vegetables are not used in Sri Lankan cuisine.

4 A national alkoholic drink is raki.

5 No place is devoted to sweets in Sri Lankan cuisine.


4. Look through the pictures and try to guess what countries these dishes belong to. If you are not sure check yourself and look through the list of countries given below the photos:


1                                                                   2


Here is grilled squid sold at a night market                  Hoppers



3                                                                   4


A traditional thali                                                      Satay


5                                                                   6


Sapin-sapin, a rice-based delicacy,                               Enchilada with mole sauce

sprinkled with crumbs


a) Picture 1. Taiwanese cuisine

b) Picture 2. Sri Lankan cuisine

c) Picture 3. Cuisine of North India

d) Picture 4. Cuisine if Indonesia

e) Picture 5. Filipino cuisine

f) Picture 6. Cuisine of Mexico


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