The 10 Sri Lankan Cookbooks that you won’t stop cooking these meals!

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Sri Lankan Cookbooks

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the Sri Lankan Cookbooks.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Sri Lankan food, there’s so much to learn about!

You may wonder how Sri Lanka has such a diverse yet distinct taste. That’s because traders worldwide came to this country during the 15th and 16th centuries and brought their native cuisines and cooking styles. Today, Sri Lanka’s ethnic diversity has allowed it to enjoy a unique and varied cuisine that attracts people to this picturesque land. 

The fresh and unforgettable taste of Sri Lankan cuisine results from a fantastic combination of local herbs, spices, and ingredients. Whether you prefer a spicy meal like Sri Lankan prawn curry or want to satisfy your sweet tooth with a traditional love cake, you can rest assured you’ll find something that matches your taste. Want to get your hands on the best Sri Lankan cookbooks? Do you want to try making Sri Lankan dishes every day?

Here we’ve listed the Top 10 Sri Lankan Cookbooks to Get Your Hands On Delicious and Traditional Recipes!

1. Sri Lanka: The Cookbook 

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This unique Sri Lankan cookbook introduces you to hundreds of delicious and vibrant recipes. The cookbook includes eye-catching images and easy-to-follow steps to complement the exciting recipes. 

 In Sri Lanka: The Cookbook by Prakash K Sivanathan includes feather-light hoppers, fiery sambals, and subtly spiced curries to put your taste buds on fire. 

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Prakash K. Sivanathan is the perfect cookbook for people who want to try recreating Sri Lankan cuisine. The book is packed with 100 easy-to-prepare traditional Sri Lankan recipes, ranging from coconut and jackfruit to okra and chilies. 

Flip through the pages of this Sri Lankan cookbook to try recipes for light lunches, larger meals, and mouth-watering desserts. The recipes absorb influences from India, Far East Asia, the Middle East, and various European countries, making them both healthy and wholesome.

2. Lanka Food 

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Lanka Food: Serendipity and Spice is the ideal Sri Lankan cookbook for beginners and experts who want to discover the diverse cuisine of Sri Lanka. 

The cookbook includes over 80 recipes with step-by-step instructions and vibrant photography that inspire you to recreate mouth-watering meals.  

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O Tama Carey’s fantastic Sri Lankan cookbook is a collection of delicious and diverse recipes bursting with flavor. From vegetable-dominant curries and hoppers to yummy and healthy drinks, this cookbook has something for everyone! 

Furthermore, the cookbook includes essays to help people understand the culture and the central place of food. Each recipe reflects the diverse flavors, history, and ideas that overlapped over the years to create a distinct and unique Sri Lankan cuisine. Additionally, the step-by-step instructions, ingredient lists, and vivid images make it easy to create and serve yummy Sri Lankan dishes to your friends and family. 

Lanka Food: Serendipity and Spice also boast expert guidance to help you avoid amateur mistakes. The best part? You can choose from over 80 recipes! 

3. Milk, Spice, and Curry Leaves 

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This “Los Angeles Time standout book of the season” and “National Post Best Cookbook of 2020” is a must-have for cooking enthusiasts looking for yummy traditional Sri Lankan recipes. 

Written by Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama, this Sri Lankan cookbook introduces you to vibrant and aromatic dishes sure to make you drool.

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Take out your wallet and grab Milk, Spice, and Curry Leaves by Ruwanmali to unlock a diverse collection of authentic Sri Lankan recipes. The author shares mouth-watering, tropical recipes reminiscent of her childhood days in Sri Lanka. 

The fantastic cookbook starts with an introduction to pillars of Sri Lankan cuisine: milk, rice, and spice. After that, Ruwan teaches you the steps to making Sri Lankan curry powder and explains various specialty products like pandanus leaves and young jackfruit. 

This Sri Lankan cookbook stands out because the author designed every recipe and ingredient with the American home cook in mind. That means you can easily recreate all your favorite traditional Sri Lankan recipes by following the step-by-step guide in Milk, Spice, and Curry Leaves.

4. Rice and Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking 

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Rice and Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking is perfect for newbies who’ve just entered the world of Sri Lankan cuisine. The well-curated, easy-to-follow, and delicious recipes make it easy to create yummy traditional meals from scratch.

Plus, you’ll love S.H. Fernando’s detailed travel section introducing the beauty and mystery of Sri Lanka and its diverse cuisine. 

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Start cooking authentic Sri Lankan dishes that fill your home with a mouth-watering aroma and your stomach with unforgettable culinary by grabbing this fantastic Sri Lankan cookbook. 

This fantastic cookbook includes over a hundred recipes packed with flavor and spice! You’ll also find an in-depth introduction to Sri Lanka’s history and culture to help you connect with the diverse cuisine. 

Furthermore, the vibrant color photos throughout the cookbook and in-depth spice guide will make it easy for you to recreate new dishes. You can also choose from innumerable healthy Sri Lankan meals, such as coconut milk gravy, lamb biryani, mango curry, spicy lentil fritters, roasted curry powder, Shymala’s coconut custard pudding, and Leela’s chilaw crab curry.

5. Serendip: My Sri Lankan Kitchen 

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We highly recommend this Sri Lankan cookbook for beginners and experts who want to dive deeper into the country’s diverse cuisine. You can recreate traditional snacks, desserts, and meals by following Peter Kuruvita’s step-by-step recipes. 

 You’ll also discover heart-warming stories, easy-to-follow steps, and stunning photos that inspire you to grab your pots and pans and start cooking!

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Learn to cook delicious and healthy Sri Lankan dishes with Chef Peter Kuruvita. His in-depth cookbook boasts a collection of award-winning recipes alongside adorable stories that help you connect with the author. 

Smile and laugh as you follow Peter’s detailed, easy-to-follow recipes to create yummy meals for your family and friends. You can also try recreating delectable snacks and bread to throw the party of the year. But that’s not all!

Serendip: My Sri Lankan kitchen helps you overcome your midnight cravings for something sweet with delicious and sticky treats. Flip through the cookbook to unlock authentic Sri Lankan recipes like vegetable curry powder, payasam, jardi, lime pickle, and pol sambal. 

6. Sri Lankan Cooking

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This fantastic Sri Lankan cookbook is jam-packed with sumptuous recipes native to the country. With this detailed cookbook, you’ll get the opportunity to explore Sri Lankan cuisine.

You’ll also enjoy easy-to-follow recipes, a glossary of ingredients, and vibrant photographs that complement each dish. 

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Say goodbye to bland meals and say hello to spicy and zesty dishes by grabbing Douglas Bullis’s Sri Lankan Cooking: 64 Recipes from Chefs and Kitchens of Sri Lanka.

This excellent cookbook boasts 64 unique recipes from the four corners of the picturesque island. This cookbook has everything from classic dishes like aromatic basmati rice to specialties like rice flour hoppers! 

Additionally, Sri Lankan Cooking includes detailed yet easy-to-follow directions to help you create your favorite Sri Lankan dishes with minimal effort. You’ll also appreciate its detailed glossary of ingredients and utensils, making cooking traditional South Asian recipes easy for Western readers.

Furthermore, each recipe comprises a vibrant and vivid photograph of the dish’s origin location and the meal itself to make cooking an experience. 

7. Weligama Recipes from Sri Lanka 

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Venture into the yummy world of Sri Lankan cooking with Emily Dobbs’ Weligama Recipes from Sri Lanka. The cookbook allows you to explore the diverse flavors, textures, and spices of Sri Lanka. The author guides you through the process of making authentic and vibrant dishes. 

This cookbook will discover over 50 traditional and unique Sri Lankan recipes for every meal and season.

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Dive into the world of Sri Lankan cooking with Emily Dobbs’ fantastic cookbook, Weligama Recipes from Sri Lanka, comprising a lively collection of delicious recipes.

One reason everyone loves this excellent Sri Lanka cookbook is because of its unique, innovative recipes that make cooking authentic dishes an easy task. Each meal in this cookbook boasts a lively and mouth-watering combination of spices, flavors, and textures to satisfy your grumbling stomach.

Furthermore, the cookbook is beautifully sectioned, making it easy for you to find meals based on your desired season. This book features yummy recipes like crispy egg hopper pancakes, vadai, mutton rolls, and a diverse selection of meat, fish, fruit, and vegetable curries.   

Plus, you can finish the day with a delectable sweet like papaya cake or banana tarte tatin to satisfy your sweet tooth.

8. The Great Ayurveda Cookbook 

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Take the journey towards the new you by grabbing Kevin Martin’s Sri Lankan cookbook named “The Great Ayurveda Cookbook: Enjoy Authentic Simple Indian and Sri Lankan Cuisine.”

The cookbook introduces you to innumerable healthy and authentic recipes that’ll help you improve your health without giving up yummy spices and flavors. 

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Who said you should give up eating delicious meals to enhance your health? In this well-detailed cookbook, the author introduces you to the secrets of Ayurvedic medicine and its ability to combat the risk of chronic illnesses. 

The cookbook is perfect for health freaks and people looking to improve their health as it guides you through determining which diet is ideal for you. After that, it offers an endless list of authentic, delicious, and healthy recipes for breakfast, diners, main courses, drinks, and desserts.

A bonus point of choosing this Sri Lankan cookbook is that it includes vivid photographs to complement each recipe. 

9. Sri Lankan Cookbook

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Explore the world of spices and herbs by reading this Sri Lankan cookbook. Make your taste buds dance by following over a hundred easy-to-follow recipes like steaming white rice and spicy crabs. 

Discover recipes for every meal, including breakfast, main courses, and drinks, by grabbing a copy today!

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Traditional Sri Lankan Recipes Made Easy make cooking easy for newbies with step-by-step guides and fun cooking techniques. The cookbook introduces you to Asian-inspired Sri Lankan breakfasts, appetizers, dinners, and desserts. 

Each well-curated recipe listed in this Sri Lankan cookbook is healthy, delicious, and easy to cook, regardless of your skill level. In addition, the cookbook includes easy-to-follow steps and ingredients you’ll need to recreate your favorite dishes. 

Surprise your family and friends with flavorful dishes by following the directions in this cookbook, such as spicy and crunchy crabs, traditional bread, and spicy biryani lamb.

10. Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka 

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We highly recommend this Sri Lankan cookbook to people who love cooking and traveling. In this cookbook, Bree Hutchin takes you on a journey to the remote and hidden villages of Sri Lanka.

You’ll discover unique and mouth-watering recipes and vivid photographs as you flip through the pages.  

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Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka takes cooking authentic Sri Lankan dishes to a new level with its distinct recipes and stunning photographs. The delicious recipes in this cookbook sit alongside the heartfelt stories of the Sri Lankans who welcomed Bree Hutchin into their kitchens and homes. 

Learn to recreate authentic Sri Lankan cuisine by following the step-by-step guide in this Sri Lankan cookbook. Find mouth-watering dishes that light your mouth on fire, like spicy crab curry with pol roti, fish curry, and lamb biryani. After the main course, you can enjoy a delicious smoky milk toffee or Ceylon tea.

You’ll also love the heart-warming stories of the brains behind each recipe and the gorgeous photographs of the beautiful Sri Lankan villages.

Final Thoughts 

Grab the top ten best Sri Lankan cookbooks discussed above if you want to experiment with Sri Lankan cuisine. From spicy curry and zesty seafood to traditional deserts and classic street food- there’s something for everyone! 

Get a Sri Lankan cookbook today to discover mouth-watering and unique recipes for every meal and mood.


Q1. What is Sri Lankan cuisine?

 Sri Lankan cuisine is a diverse and delicious combination of herbs and spices. The central features of this fantastic and unique cuisine are rice, often served with a curry of fish or meat and vegetables or fruits, with strong Tamil cooking traditions. 

Every Sri Lankan dish boasts immense flavor and colors, making it easy for you to find a recipe that matches your taste.

Ans. Here are several must-try Sri Lankan recipes:

  1. Dhal Curry

  2. Chicken Curry

  3. Lamb Biryani

  4. Hoppers

  5. Polos

  6. Kiribath with Lunu Miris  

Q3. What is Sri Lankan cooking like?

Ans. Cook Sri Lankan food is a unique and exciting experience since the food is regionally diverse. While following one of the best Sri Lankan cookbooks mentioned above, you’ll learn various cooking techniques and use different ingredients. 

One thing you can count on is for each dish to provide a powerful combination of distinct flavors and spices.

Final Thoughts

Sri Lanka, i.e., “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” is a stunning island full of diverse landscapes and delicious cuisines. During colonialism, the country attracted foreign traders; and, therefore, shares similarities with India, Indonesia, the Middle East, and Dutch colonies in terms of culture and food. 

Yet Sri Lankan dishes have a distinctive taste and flavors you can’t ignore! If you want to try some traditional delicacies from this country, read out further as we share the top ten Sri Lankan cookbooks sure to tantalize your taste buds.

The food of Sri Lanka is famous for its diverse tastes and delicious combinations of herbs, spices, vegetables, rice, fruits, and fish. Despite being a small country, the beautiful spice island has a wide variety of food; you’ll never run out of new and mouth-watering dishes to try. 

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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. She loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and she has never looked back since. She enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When she’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world. Chef Zara holds a Associate of Arts and Sciences from Kendall College and is a sought after private chef. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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