In the past years, traveling has a new meaning, is not only about sustainability but also with a purpose to immerse and learn more about culture, tasty food and traditions. Locals around the planet host a food gathering to take tourists to appreciate flavors and the cooking process. It’s a nice way to interact with new friends at their homes, their kitchens, markets or just in mom-and-pop stores.
With almost 22 million people living in Sri Lanka, is not only well known for their breathtaking landscapes but also for their amazing food, Ceylon tea, Ayurveda and spices. I learned that Ayurvedic food heals your body and is good in a spiritual way. Mostly dietary in Sri Lanka is vegetarian and also some many vegan options.
During our trip to Sri Lanka, we enjoyed a close local dining experience, an authentic farm to table in Dambulla, located in the Central province, yes, just in the middle of the island. It’s a dream come true for any adventure foodie travelers. We met Sandamali & RanjiniPer, they welcomed us with smiles into a food feast with a beautiful natural surrounding. They prepared for us a small buffet with no meat, no chicken, a fresh catch of the day fish, fruits and a lot of vegetables, everything was made from scratch and homemade.
We started with watermelon and papaya juice, I was the only one that picked papaya with a little bit of lime juice. So refreshing!
In a clay made social area with all you can find in a traditional Sri lankan kitchen, we set to enjoy our lunch. The menu that day included: sticky white rice, cucumber salad with onions and tomatoes, fried fish, some kind of sweet peppers, shredder fresh and dried coconut, cilantro relish, curry jackfruit, crispy fried chips and more. Everything was delicious!
In Sri Lanka, traditional cuisine is sometimes served on plates with banana leaves or on a lotus leaf. You are encourage to eat with your fingers the way some asians eat. Its how you show respect!
Place: Dilan’s Mud Hut Pelvehera Village, DAMBULLA , Central Province
Price per person: $5 USD
A close up of my plate! I’m a curious eater and always try everything, without asking questions and I ate with my hand! I am grateful for their hospitality and for receiving us with open arms.
With our full stomachs, we are ready to head to our next destination.
I recommend you try to immerse with locals outside from your hotel when you travel to Sri Lanka.