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Jaffna Food.

Jaffna food guide for foreigners.

Jaffna food gets its name from the Jaffna District of Sri Lanka from where the preparation of the food recipes does originates. Jaffna food preparation for some some kinds of food may require more than 10 hours witing. Main ingriedents for the dishes includes Rice, rice flous that is roasted or staemed, flours like wheat, Atta, Kurakan, Uridu, Peas, Dhal are included. Scraped coconut, coconut milk, green chilies, red chilies, chilie powder, Tamarind, spices and coconut oil, gingerly oil are used in the Jaffna cooking. Also their slow cooking in the clay pots with the firewood adds flavor to the food. Most of the Jaffna food are spicy and with hot chili taste. These food preparations are far different from the South Indian dishes, where Tamil people are living in large numbers.

Sweet dishes come in the form of Jaffna delights and main dishes in the breakfast too normally based on the coconut milk. Also the palmyrah tree products and seafood are included in the preparation of the Jaffna dishes. If you are a foreigner and never tasted the Jaffna food dishes, be warned not to eat them without proper guidance from a reliable person. Even if you happened to eat a "Ulundu Vadai" with your tea, you can expect to bite in to small particles of green chilies or red chilies in it. Biting them will make your mouth to feel burning sensation, your eyes will start shed tears automatically and your face will become reddish. In this case wash your mouth with water 3 - 5 times and put some Sugar in your mouth or eat some chocolates. Also drinking milk too will give you temporary relief from the hot chilies sensation.

 

As a foreigner who can't eat hot chili dishes, but want to try some of the Jaffna dishes? Then request your guest or Jaffna hotel manger to give you some dishes that are prepared without chilies that are red, green or powered ones.

You can ask for the following sweet dishes that are made according to Jaffna tradition and these are good for breakfast or dinner. Some are too sweet while some are not much sweetened.

  • Rasa Valli Pudding.(This will look dark violet color.)
  • Sago Payasam
  • Aval Payasam
  • Rava Payasam
  • Rice Kanji (Congee)
  • Panaggaip paniyaram.
  • Mothagam.
  • Kolukkattai.
  • Vaippan
  • Susiyam
  • Boli
  • Valakkai Bajji
  • Ellup Pagu urundai.
  • Pore Vilangai
  • Appam
  • Milk Appam
  • Panangkatti Appam
  • Milk Pongal
  • Sweet Pongal

Pittu, Iddiyappam, thosai, and Iddly are served like bread and must have something to eat along with them like sauces..

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