Sri Lankan food starters are an essential part of the good times with much diversity and flavour. Here we explore some of the most traditional Sri Lankans “Bites.” These finger-licking snacks are a great start to any meal or when having a gathering over drinks.
Spicy Fried Fish
One of the most popular side dishes is fried spicy fish. This one can be easily made at home, or get delivered from the closest suburban bar. In here, fresh fish is marinated with spices for a good number of hours, and fried to perfection. Slices of lime, onions and tartar sauce are the standard accompaniments when serving this crispy fish.
Fried Potato Chips
A very common starter at every table and the easiest to make. This versatile veggie can be cut into various shapes, seasoned and fried. This dish is usually served with tomato ketchup as a dip.
Butter Onion Rings
Known as the French fried onion ring, this side dish is a part of British and American cuisine. It may belong to different nationalities but it’s also very much a part of the Lanka side dishes for the drinks. Traditionally made of a cross-sectional “ring” of onion dipped in batter or bread crumbs and then deep-fried.
Butter Garlic Mushroom
This can be served as a main or starter and it doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to prepare. The garlic butter mushrooms are the easiest and most flavorful side dish or main. Smothered in butter and topped with fresh parsley, these are sure to enhance any simple gathering.
Hot Butter Cuttlefish
This dish is a very integral part of Sri Lankan cuisine.It's a classic really, especially when it comes with a pint of beer. We have a separate article listing down the places that serve the best HBC.
The crispy juicy prawn heads marinated in the most authentic Lankan spices, this one tastes amazing. For those who want to experiment with a new side dish, this is the one to try.