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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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