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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #15: Fiery Sri Lankan Curry



I was in Sri Lanka in 2002 for a conference and was amazed at how spectacular the whole spice island is - from its blue waters to rolling hills of tea plantations, to its great nature and wildlife and intoxicating cuisine... man, I just would love to go back there!

Despite a predominantly Buddhist country, there is a sizable Muslim (Tamils) and Christian communities. Sri Lankan cuisine is borrowed from many cultures - Moor, Dutch, Malay and Portuguese. Rice and curry is the main staple and expect the cury to be very hot and spicy.

So I went on to taste Sri Lankan curry at a roadside restaurant. I ordered chicken curry and it was served with roti and a side dish of vegetable.



hot Sri Lankan dish

Having inherited my mother's penchant for hot and spicy dishes, I was not prepared for what happened next. My eyes watered and my tongue started burning spreading to my mouth and neck. Even my ears went numb! My friend, Srilal, panicked upon seeing me like that. I was rushed back to the hotel, amidst my non-stop laughing and crying, where I was given lots of milk to cure my burning mouth. I felt sorry for the waiters who looked concerned genuinely sorry over what happened to me. So that was my introduction to the fiery Sri Lankan curry.

14 comments:

Mojo said...

You realize of course that now I want to try it. But thanks for the warning!

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tigerfish said...

I can sense...it must be really really spicy! Woops!

I love curry too.

Bernie said...

We had a friend living with us who was Sri Lankan, and the curries she made were HOT HOT HOT!!!

Cool shot, ours is up as well at burntofferings and more at bernies fotoblog.

Have a great WW!!

Lori said...

Great shot. It looks appetizing even though im not too fond of curry..Happy WW:)

ZJ said...

Hi, Mojo. Yes, you should try it; you don't know what you are missing!

Berns and Tigerfish, I love curry, too, but I can only take so much heat and spice *lol*.

Lori, try a milder dish of curry. I don't know how it is in the US but here we can request for a milder curry at the restos here.

Jenn in Holland said...

Oh, wow, that sounds HOT!
I love curry too and like to boast that I can eat anything hot and spicy. Now, I am not so sure...

Brandy said...

Wow, we live in Okinawa and when we go out for Curry, which I love I have to get mild and even that is too spicy for me somtimes, pretty sad huh. Although my precious mess maker CJ loves spicy foods just like her dad.

Pea in a Pod said...

That's pretty interesting though! I've tried Lao, Burmese foods already. I think they have the same taste? Or more likely like thai foods? Speaking of Thai foods, missed em! Mine is posted HERE. Hope you drop by! Happy WW!~

Hootin' Anni said...

It all looks delicious. And I too love the VERY hot and spicy foods.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment on my wordless today.

Cynthia Blue said...

Wow hot! My husband loves spicey food, not me!

Carver said...

The food looks great but I can relate. I've had to drink milk fast after spicy food was too hot. I didn't know that trick until I was eating with friends of my daughters years ago and my daughter's friend's mother was a doctor. She told me to drink milk not water. It worked well.

mimi11460 said...

Husband and I love hot sauces but not too much hot..

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Great shot. I love curry. Maybe not as spicey as you describe though.

Dez said...

ooohhh.... that was hot. i love spicy dishes. thanks for dropping by!

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