POL SAMBOL, KATTA SAMBOL, SEENI SAMBOL, LUNU MIRIS- RECIPE OF VEGAN SRI LANKAN FOOD.
This blog is dedicated to different types of Sri Lankan sambols such as seeni sambol, pol sambol, katta sambol and lunu miris. I have also shared easy and quick to make recipes at the end. This blog is customized for vegans and vegetarians.
If you are in Sri Lanka, there is no escape from sambol or sambal. Almost every where you will go in Sri Lanka, you will find sambol. Sambol is the Sri Lankan equivalent of Indian chutneys. Just like most Indian chutneys, sambols are also spicy and come in many varieties. It can be eaten as an accompaniment with a Sri Lankan thali (pre plated meal), dosas (Indian pancakes), hoppers, string hoppers, milk rice or any other savoury dish, preferably milder to the palette so that it complements the fiery taste of sambol.
Some of the common ingredients found in sambol are red chillies, onion, ginger, garlic, palm sugar, grated coconut, lime juice, rice vinegar etc. Vegans and vegetarians should ask the chef if sambol contains Maldive fish or shrimp paste. Powdered dried fish is commonly added in sambol and even vegetarian curries of Sri Lanka.
Sambol is popular not only in Sri Lanka but also in other Asian nations such as Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia etc. Thanks to migrants, it is also available in farfetched lands such as Neherlands and Suriname.
Some of the common types of sambols are:
POL SAMBOL AKA COCONUT SAMBOL- VEGAN FOOD OF SRI LANKA
It is the most common type of sambol you will find in Sri Lanka. It is also the most easiest to make. I have shared a recipe of pol sambol aka coconut sambol at the end of this blog. I tried to make it once I was back in India and it tasted exactly the same it tasted in Sri Lanka. It is also known as Thengkai sambol. Both pol and thengkai means coconut in Sinhala.
LUNU MIRIS- VEGAN FOOD OF SRI LANKA
Its literal meaning is salt chilly. Needless to say it is superhot!
KATTA SAMBOL- VEGAN FOOD OF SRI LANKA
It is the hottest sambol you will find in Sri Lanka. Much like Indians, Sri Lankans like their food hot and spicy. Prepared with a mix of coarse red chilly paste, onion ground on sil batta (mortar pestal) and lemon juice, it is easy to make and goes with most Sri Lankan and Indian dishes. Thanks to the bland taste of Kiribath aka milk rice, it goes best with katta sambola. It is same as Lunu Miris but with added onions.
SEENI SAMBOL- VEGAN FOOD OF SRI LANKA
These sweet and spicy onion sambol is irresistible. Many spices like cardamom, clove, cinnamon etc are also added to the fried onions apart from curry leaves, pandan leaves, lemon grass, ginger garlic etc. It is vegetarian, however, beware, some versions may contain fish. Confirm with the staff before you order or pick it from the buffet. Seeni word rhymes with cheeni which means sugar. It is sweet, spicy and sour.
EASY AND QUICK RECIPES OF POL SAMBOL AND SEENI SAMBOL:
I am sharing below 2 easy to make recipes of different kinds of sambol. You can quickly make these at home and enjoy with curry, rice or even breads and chips.
VEGAN POL SAMBOL RECIPE:
Grated/ shredded coconut – 1 cup
2 table spoon lemon juice
1 table spoon chilli powder
Half finely chopped red onion (Other onion also works)
Time taken: 5 to 10 minutes
Mix all the ingredients well and it is done. Yes, it is that simple!
VEGAN SEENI SAMBOL RECIPE:
1 table spoon chilli powder
2 finely chopped red onion (Other onion also works)
Sugar 1 Tablespoon
Cooking oil 3 tablespoon
Tamarind juice- 3 tablespoon or to taste
Time taken: 20 minutes
- Fry onion till golden brown
- Add tamarind juice to the pan
- Add rest of the ingredients to the pan.
- Cover and cook on low flame for another 5 minutes
- It is ready to serve.
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