7) Kanji (porridge)
Consider this the local firepower (non-alcoholic, of course). It’s served throughout the day as a source of energy for the supermen of Pettah (who have to do a lot of labour-intensive work). One version is made from sago and coconut milk and the other is made from green gram (mung bean). Sugar isn’t added to the porridge; porridge is added to the sugar!
Only for the brave! This is a staple food for every kid walking the streets of Colombo. A mix of local fruits have chilli flakes and salt and pepper added; the nice, tangy overtones are apparent. It’s also super spicy! The best substitute for nasal decongestants.
9) Masala chai
Power tea of the South Indian settlers in the country. A blend of a few highly classified spices in milk tea, made with condensed milk to hit every note.
10) Badam milk
Spinach to Popeye! Badam milk travelled from Persia in the pockets of the sailors. It’s a delicious, sweet drink of fresh milk, beaten together with almonds – perfect for any rendezvous.
11) Narag juice
A tangy drink to beat the heat and punch the thirst burst, made out of pomelo and bitter orange. Grandmas always say: ‘It’s good for the phlegm!’