Dall, the real Sri Lanka food

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Dall, the real Sri Lanka food

I promised I would share how I became a Dall chef in Sri Lanka. SO here we go.

Everyone who has been to central Asia might know what I am talking about when I say Dall, or Dahl. Everyone sure seemed to talk about it to me.
So when I traveled to Sri Lanka I figured that the cuisine in Sri Lanka would probably include Dall as well.

The first stop in Sri Lanka was Negombo where me and my partner stayed at a lovely family who we now consider our friends.

The wife in the family is an excellent chef and most of our meals were at the house.  And she made Dall. The best Dall I have ever had.

It does not look very appetizing. In fact it does not look appetizing at all when you look at it. No matter where you order it.  But the first spoonful changes it all.

The first time we ordered Dall and dinner from the family I ate like I hadn’t seen food in weeks. It all went down in just under a couple of minutes. And we are talking about rice, string hoppers (thin noodles), salad and more.
Dall makes me hungry. but the good thing is that it has everything your body needs in just one meal. And you don’t even need to eat much before you feel full to the maximum limit.

In Sri Lanka locals eat Dall with a lot of side dishes like rice, beans, fried egg or anything you want. But I like to eat Dall as it is, plain. Maybe if I’m hungry I’ll throw in some bread or some string hoppers or rice. But I love it as it is.

At first I thought that Dall is a very complicated dish to make as Indian cuisine and Asian cuisine in general often include a lot of steps and different spices. So I asked if I could join next time the Dall was in the making.

And I was accepted.
I was invited into the family home and their kitchen to make Dall.
As it turns out it is not as hard to make Dall as I thought. And DIlini, the mother and chef shared her recipe with me.

Just a few ingredients makes the perfect Dall.
Thank you Dilini.sri lanka, Dall, sri lanka food, lentils

Here is mother Dilinis and her family’s recipe for a perfect Dall in just 15 minutes:

You  need:

2-3 cups orange Lentils soaked in water
2 large garlic cloves sliced
2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
1 small handful Shallot onions, roughly chopped
1 pinch of curry leaves (or curry of you choice)
4-5 green chilli peppers
2 tsp Saffron powder
1 can of coconut milk (homemade coconut milk is prefered)
Salt to taste

Soak and rinse the lentils until softened. The water should just about cover the lentils as you bring them to a boil.
Add garlic, Shallot, curry, chilli. Boil on low heat for about 1 minute.
Add the spices and boil for 10 minutes.
Add coconut milk and bring to boil.
Ready to be served with some delicious bread or as it is.



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I am Charlie. A foodie and a traveler who loves food and and everything around it.  My blog is about my food, experiences and life expectations as I am currently traveling the world non stop. Subscribe to Angerfood via Email and get all the latest news before anyone else! More about me.

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  1. 19 January, 2015

    […] had the time of our life’s in Sri Lanka. We ate Dahl, we swam in the ocean and we went on train rides through the west coast to see some amazing places. […]

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