Food is as central to the experience of Sri Lanka as a game of cricket. As cricket is to recreation, food has transcended its functional purpose of nutrition to become, for many, a way of life. Some of the island’s best-loved dishes are those made according to tried and tested recipes handed down over generations, cementing the special place food has held in people’s lives over decades.

Transcending what often divides, this love of food binds Sri Lankans together, no matter which community you are from, your faith or where you live.

Groundviews recently visited some of the places that are known and loved for their delicious fare, in order to understand their history and the hard work of the people who have made them the culinary landmarks they are today.

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  • Fitzpatrick

    Under the Dutch Burgher Union cafe I noted the following:
    “After independence in 1948, when Sinhala and Tamil were made official languages”

    Sinhala was only made official after 1956 and Tamil wasn’t made an official language till the 78 constitution ! We did have a thing called a civil war over this !

    • Fitzpatrick, both Sinhala and Tamil were official languages until 1956, when Tamil was dropped as an official language. The language problem actually predates 1956, but we agree the wording there is a bit confusing. Will update accordingly.

      • Sifaan

        Wasn’t English the official language till 1956?