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Category: Sri Lanka

Chick Peas

Chick Peas

By Royston Ellis

Chick peas, that popular Spanish tapa (as garbanzos) and the main ingredient in hummus, the paste from the Middle East popular in the USA, are a favourite street food of Sri Lankans. In Sri Lanka, chick peas are known as kadala, the equivalent of gra...

Mongooses

Mongooses

By Royston Ellis

I have a love/hate relationship with mongooses Yes, that’s the word for several of the creatures, not mongeese, since the English name is derived from the Marathi word: mungus. So the goose attached to mon is not related to the bird of that name, s...

Pure Ceylon Coffee

Pure Ceylon Coffee

By Royston Ellis

Sri Lanka has long been famous for Pure Ceylon Tea but tea has only been grown in the country for 148 years. Before that coffee was king. I discovered recently that instead of the usual sachet of instant coffee that hotels provide for guests to make ...

A beach retreat for the 21st century- Calamansi Cove by Jetwing

A beach retreat for the 21st century- Calamansi Cove by Jetwing

By Royston Ellis

Many new hotels are opening in Sri Lanka, some designed for mass tourism, others created as small retreats for discerning guests who don’t want to stay with hordes of others. Since the Calamansi Cove (by Jetwing) is only 10km from my cottage in Ind...

The use of Coriander in Sri Lankan Cuisine

The use of Coriander in Sri Lankan Cuisine

By Royston Ellis

Eat in a good restaurant in Sri Lanka and the chances are high that torn coriander leaves will be the featured garnish. It turns up on pumpkin soup, garlic prawns, darne of seer fish, lentil curry, and I’ve even had it sprinkled over roast chicken....