This morning, we experience a traditional Southern Village with a cooking class and a typical Sri Lankan meal.

Spend the day learning how to cook a traditional Sinhalese meal at a beautiful private paddy island just north of Galle. Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the most complex cuisines of South Asia. Due to its proximity to South India, Sri Lankan food has some similarities to Indian cooking, yet is in many ways quite distinct. As a major trade hub, the cuisine also draws from a multitude of international influence. Foreign merchants and colonial powers all brought their own recipes and ingredients with them and many were incorporated into the dishes seen today. Rice, which is consumed daily, can be found at any occasion, while spicy curries are favorite dishes for lunch and dinner. There are many different ethnic groups living within Sri Lanka, each with their own individual take on Lankan cuisine. Sinhalese cooking techniques are most prevalent in the south of the island and, broadly speaking, the cuisine relies heavily on the core ingredients of coconut, vegetables, rice, fresh chillie, spices, and curry leaves, all of which grow in abundance on this part of the island. 

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Authentic Cooking Class & Market Experience spices and fresh local products

Getting There

From our base in Galle Fort, in the Southern tip of Sri Lanka, it took me and my girlfriends, an hour by boat, to get to the little village where we would have our Authentic Private Cooking Class and Market Experience. Our local boat guys, was very charming and entertaining, making our journey quite an enjoyable experience.

Once at the village for our private experience, we were picked up by our local Tuk-Tuk drivers, to take us to the markets along the road, to buy our own spices and products, to later being taken to our secret location, for our Authentic Cooking Class and lunch.