Food – Sri Lankan & Ghaas phoos

The last time I came to Sri Lanka, the food was certainly different, in a sense that we ate authentic Sri Lankan meals..the spiciness that one associates with the food you get in the country, brings about a welcome change to your taste buds. It isn’t very much different from what we get back in India, just that the preparation and the ‘spice quantity’ is a little more that generous here.

However this time, I noticed a distinct change in the way hotels presented their food, it was mostly ghaas phoos with little portions of actual meal (either fish/chicken). I mean what’s with the decoration on the plate with all the greens? I don’t think Indians really care much for decoration. We are more interested in the actual food. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many veggies on a plate. Seeing so much of veggies on my place, reminded me of the cows back in my country – they would have enjoyed it more. We aren’t the Chinese/Japanese who can survive on veggies, Indians eat wholesome portions of food (maybe not the whole 4 course meal and stuff.. but definitely NOT ghaas phoos)

The meals I truly enjoyed, were the breakfasts laid out in buffet style. It had a mix of Sri Lankan, Indian and American dishes which gave us the freedom to explore and eat what we liked.

Food you should definitely try out in Sri Lanka:

 

Seeni sambol.. is a combination of a sweet, sour and spicy sambol. It can be served with any savory meal or can be a good filling for the sandwiches. This seeni sambol is mostly served with String hoppers, yellow rice or bread in Sri Lanka.

String hoppers.. [known also as Idiyappam (in South India)] Great choice for breakfast or a light dinner. It is best eaten with coconut gravy or pol sambol (dish made from coconut). I personally love it with parippu (dal curry) 

Parippu.. is the Sri Lankan version of Indian dal. Made thicker and it has a different taste to what we get in India. Make sure you taste it when you’re here. Best eaten along with string hoppers/rice.

 

Chicken/Fish Curry.. The chicken preparation is always spicy here, so make sure you have adequate parippu to mix it up or drink lots of water. Fish is another good choice (Seer Fish & Tuna among others)

Of course there’s a lot more to taste in terms of food in the country. The idea is to try out different food that you don’t find in your country.. but don’t over-eat. While the food may all be tasty to you, it is still food which your body isn’t used to.. so go slow. Make sure you aren’t eating ghaas phoos though.

 

The ‘missing’ ingredient

Ever said/heard a statement like this..?

“I think there’s something missing” (referring to the food you’re eating|cooked at home)

Sometimes, its not about any particular missing ingredient in the food that is cooked, but on the lack of love we put into preparing the dish, that is lacking and felt by the people http://media.istockphoto.com/vectors/pouring-out-your-heart-vector-id165797964eating it.

Love, is as much as an important ingredient, as those kept on kitchen shelves.

Put a little love into the work you do..and watch it make a difference!

Do you possess ‘the missing ingredient’?

It’s an Indian thing

This is one thing you will surely experience at Indian parties

Read on…

Visualize this.. ūüôā
You are being served snacks at a birthday party by the hosts, a piece of cake followed by a sandwich, a chocolate brownie, spring rolls, chicken 65 & then a cold drink. You are now excited looking at your plate savoring all that’s in front of you..and then after some time comes a second round of serving and then starts what ‘happens only in India’ – what I call¬†the ‘the¬†un-decided¬†phase’

The host comes around serving a second round of cake, chocolate brownies, spring rolls etc..

Host: Have another brownie 

Guest: errr…no it’s fine, it’s okay

Host: have one more

Guest: (I’m thinking) I’m really full ¬†(touching the stomach)¬†

Host: You won’t get fat by eating one more¬†piece, come on now

Guest: No seriously, its okay… (actually he/she wants it but then what will people think…I eat so much)

Host: (forcibly puts a piece of cake on your plate)

Guest: Thank You followed by a smile

[Do not ever try this in any other country, you may not end up with anything to eat. You always say YES to food abroad]

Its not that Indians don’t love to eat, we do…trust me! we really really do. It’s just that we are always worried what other people will think…and that’s why the hesitation. Ever seen Indians eat abroad? especially when they go on planned tours where the breakfast and dinner is inclusive of the package…we eat like we’ve never seen food. No food is ever enough, some even wrap food in tissues and small tiffins so they can enjoy for later. We’ve all done that some time or the other, its an Indian thing..its like instinct.

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What r ya¬†lookin’ at?¬†

Our thinking is simple…we’ve spent so much money to come on the tour…might as well make best use of the tour cost by feeding ourselves full ūüėČ and the best part is that nobody is there to judge us. [I guess I just let out our BIG secret]
I hope I have not upsetted my fellow brown people, it is just who we are and we should be damn proud of ourselves. We do certain things that people of other nationalities will never understand, most of them are still trying to figure out the Indian head movement.

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