Sri Lanka is home to a variety of religions, languages and peoples. It has a rich Buddhist history, and a cultural history that still remains in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
Adam's peak, Sri Lanka.
Adam's peak is a tall mountain which is famous for its "sacred footprint" rock formation near the summit, which is a testament to the variety of religious beliefs in Sri Lanka. Buddhist tradition is is that it is the footprint of the Buddha, whereas the Hindu tradition is that it is the footprint of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam.
Stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka.
One of the most iconic scenes of Sri Lanka is the stilt fishermen.
"We spent two weeks driving around the island's enchanting landscapes, meeting gentle, polite people, visiting serene Buddhist temple sites hosted by saffron-robed monks, and lazing on palm-fringed beaches." -World Food Cafe, Chris and Carolyn Caldicott
|Kandy Leek and Potato Curry|
"In Sri Lanka, the main dishes are usually white curries, which are mild and creamy with lots of coconut milk, red curries which are scarlet with ground chilies and tomatoes or delicious and most-unusual looking black curries, darkened by spices toasted whole and ground to a powder." -World Food Cafe, Chris and Carolyn Caldicott
We decided to try Kandy Leek and Potato Curry, a sweet white curry and it was delicious.
Kandy lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea.
We also had Coconut Rice, a rice seasoned with red onion slices, cardamom pods and coconut milk. Everyone liked it, but I love cardamom so this rice was a treat for me. Both recipes are from World Food Cafe, by Chris and Carolyn Caldicott.