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Sri Lanka is an ethnically diverse and multi-religious country; one of the things that makes it such an exciting travel destination. Following suit, Sri Lankan cuisine is equally eclectic, drawing from a wide range of influences. The mostly Hindu population of the North and Eastern Coast is known for having a distinctive style of cooking that can be likened to typical South Indian flavors. Delve into this delicious cuisine with a friendly and bubbly host who will soon have you cooking like a local.
Start your introduction to Eastern cooking with a visit to Batticaloa’s colorful food markets. With an idiosyncratic range of tropical fruits and vegetables on offer, the markets give a unique insight into day-to-day life in Batticaloa as well as providing some great photo opportunities. If there are any ingredients that you’ve never tried before, this is your chance. Buy any weird and wonderful vegetables that take your fancy and your host can cook them up for you. From the food market you’ll make your way over to your host’s garden kitchen where your host will greet you with a cool drink and introduce herself. Having spent several years working abroad, your host speaks fluent English and runs a small home stay, promoting tourism into the Eastern part of the country. Under her expert guidance, you will learn how to scrape coconuts in the traditional way, pick herbs from the garden to add into the food, and learn about chili varieties that make Eastern cooking unique. Once you’ve finished cooking, sit down to a delicious home-cooked meal with the family at a dining table nestled between the fronds and the flowers of the surrounding garden.