The Vegan Food
We love to get a personalised vegan menu when we visit a hotel or restaurant and every now and then we’re presented with one that seriously impresses us.
The team at Anilana have created an extensive vegan menu that offers multiple choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner (including desserts) which has a focus on traditional Ayurvedic principles, nutritional balance (no lack of protein here) as well as showcasing wonderful Sri Lankan cuisine and ingredients.
Every meal was an opportunity to learn something new about Sri Lankan culture, as well as eating some amazing food.
To start our breakfast, we ate Sri Lankan ‘Kola Kanda’ soup, a nutritious light soup of made from rice, a little coconut milk and health giving herbs which is a traditional food eaten for the different benefits that each herb has.
Sri Lankan people have long been wise to the wonders of these plants and now we are too.
We ate traditional Sri Lankan string hoppers, dosai and pitthu with red kidney bean curry spiced with ginger and corriander, fresh coconut sambal and a delicious vegetable curry.
We sampled sweet ‘halapa’ made from ‘kurrakan flour’ (red millet), coconut and ‘kithul jaggery’ which has been made into a dough, pressed flat and then steamed in between banana leaves. Kithul Jaggery is a sugar made from the sap of the kithul palm; it has less calories than cane sugar, contains calcium, iron and vitamin C and the sugar passes through the body as opposed to being stored (but even better than all this healthy stuff, it tastes likes dates and caramel!).
These same ingredients were used to make a muffin (also steamed in a banana leaf) – yum!
And we were introduced to ‘laveriya’, a kind of string hopper where the rice noodle cake was folded over and stuffed with a fresh coconut that had been drenched in palm honey and spiced with cardamon.
And as if having all these wonderful Sri Lankan foods to try wasn’t enough to make us feel speacial, we also had some freshly made waffles with compote, syrup and a big helping of cashew nut cream and a choice of 3 homemade jams. The waffles were really light and crispy as they were made from rice flour (making them suitable for gluten free vegans too!).