Sri Lankan rice and curry of (clockwise from bottom left) gotukola mallum (shredded Indian pennywort), curried pumpkin in coconut milk, fried leeks, jackfruit seeds with cabbage, stir-fried carrot, deep fried bitter gourd, date and lime jam, and (in the centre) kaluheeneti rice and chicken curry.

Village Fare

A simple vegetarian Sri Lankan lunch of white suwandel rice and (clockwise from top) a mallung of manioc leaves and wild eggplant, pappadam, curried lady’s fingers, banana blossom (the highlight of the meal, in my opinion), and beans. Good enough that I had seconds, in spite of being a devoted meat eater. Thambiliwatte Farm, close to Maho. February 2022.

Homemade Sri Lankan Rice & Curry

A plate of rice and curry.
Beetroot, butter beans, beef curry, and bitter gourd sambol surround a mini-mountain of pachchaperumal rice, topped with the ubiquitous Sri Lankan staple, dhal.

A Contemporary Sri Lankan Rice & Curry

Modern Sri Lankan Rice & Curry #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Unpolished endemic red kuruluthuda rice, with white jackfruit curry, stir-fried kangkung, and farm fresh pork sausages. 
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Lunch in the Fields

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A farmer’s wife keeps her husband company as he eats lunch (the traditional “ambula” rice-and-curry) she has just brought out to him at work in their paddy field, close to Mawanella, in the foothills of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.
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Yellow Rice and Brinjal Moju

Yellow Rice and Fried Brinjal Moju by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Rice and curry for a packed lunch. Maharagama, Sri Lanka. September 2016. Shot for J Walter Thompson’s ‘The 1st Hour Project’, a photo story on urban families during the first hour of their day.