Last Updated on January 16, 2022 by asoulwindow
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 Netherlands 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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Lovely food!! In my list for future travel!!
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On my visit to Sri Lanka, I wasn’t very impressed with the food overall but I did like the sambol, especially the coconut one. In Northern India, where I come from, we have spicy food but we hardly use coconut in anything, unlike the South of India. And for some reason, I have grown up LOVING coconut curries and chutneys and that’s why I developed an instant liking for coconut sambol in Sri Lanka!
Back home in Kerala, we call ‘chammanthi’ what Sri Lankans refer to as Sambol. The recipes seem to be exactly the same. The one exception is perhaps Seeni Sambol, which uses ingredients like pandan leaves which are not common in Kerala cuisine. The more I see your posts on Sri Lankan Food, the more I’m convinced that the cuisines of Sri Lanka and Kerala are carbon copies of each other.
I am from Thailand anD I looove spicy food so it was interesting to read about Sri Lankas different kind of chili sauce! Some of of the ingredients I have never thought of using like shredded coconut. Tourist think that Thai food is spicy…but what they see are just the basic and tourist food as Thai curries dishes. But we locals eat so much more chilis than that! I am sure you have tasted this famous Papaya salade? While many tourist would have 1/2-1 chilis in the salad a local could add 15. Omg just talking about chilis is making me drooling!😂 I will definitely try these Sri lankans Sambol recipes!
I am not vegan but I love trying new thing and this dish looks delicious! My ex roommate was Sri Lankan but unfortunately she never cooked me anything traditional 🙁 but I am dreaming to visit this wonderful country and I will try everything while I am there 🙂
This looks like an interesting dish and it is so up my husband’s alley. Thank you for the suggestion! I’m going to have to share this with him.
I’m always on the look for next exotic recipes to try and this article is super interesting. I’ve yet to visit Sri Lanka and food-wise it sounds like a great place 😉
This looks tasty and I love all of the variety that can be done with it!
The vegan pol sounds so good! And I love that you posted the recipe, it seems like something that’s so easy to make. Looks like Sri Lanka is a great place for vegans!
Wow, these dishes look so delicious! I just want to reach in a have a taste 🙂 Thank you for posting… I hope to be able to try cooking some of these dishes.
Sambol (or Sambal, as it is called in Indonesia) is too spicy for me, but my dad likes these a lot, so I may share these recipes with him.
Well-written work, a handy recipe for the future 🙂 thank you for sharing 🙂 it suited for vegans and vegetarians 🙂
Thanks, Do try it at home. It is easy!
I shall 😁