10 Ayurvedic Sri Lankan Supermarket Hacks

by Alice Luker


Ayurveda, translating in Sanskrit as ‘life-knowledge’ travelled across the seas from India to Sri Lanka thousands of years ago. Within local communities of the island today it’s considered an essential daily lifestyle practise- from the body via food to the mind and spirit through meditation.

As well as an alternate form of plant based (herbal) medicine, following an Ayurvedic lifestyle is believed to prevent future inbalances of the body which are considered equally as important in discouraging disease.

I’m no expert in the practise but over the past few years I’ve familiarised myself with the essential Ayurvedic household items as well as what would be considered luxury products inspired or influenced by the ancient practise.

The ideas below are all bought from local supermarkets found across the country from Cargills Food City, Keehls Super to Arpico. The most generously stocked branches (with a wider selection) can be found in major cities and towns.

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Passion Fruit & Ginger Cheesecake Recipe by The Old Palm House

I was introduced to this zingy cheesecake at the Old Palm House in Galle; a charming refurbished colonial house in perfect harmony of it’s original character.

With passion fruit grown locally in Sri Lanka in addition to the popularity of ginger biscuits sold extensively by all of the major supermarket brands, this cheesecake is the perfect fusion of well loved local flavours in a classic dessert which can be baked and enjoyed across the world.

For extra decadence, a small scoop of ice cream or drizzle of fresh cream is a temptation you wont regret giving into!
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Interview with Artist Rudrani Devi Das

Rudrani Devi Das is a talented artist, model and blogger of Sri Lankan/Norwegian descent, based in the picturesque countryside of Kandy with her father and teacher Rahju; one of the most celebrated artists of Sri Lanka. Continue reading Interview with Artist Rudrani Devi Das

The Ultimate Tuk Tuk Survival Guide in Sri Lanka

Tuk tuks, (also known as rickshaws, trishaws, three-wheelers) are ubiquitous across Sri Lanka in a multitude of colour, in fact, you’ll rarely walk far anywhere without being approached by a driver, especially in Colombo.

They’re nimble in traffic, convenient to hop in and out at your leisure and for first time visitors, provide novelty ‘edge of seat’ entertainment on open air ground level- a true multi-sensory experience if there ever was one!

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Sri Lankan Chicken Curry Recipe by Jetwing

Next up on my top Sri Lankan recipes is a real favourite of mine; Jetwing’s mouth-watering chicken curry. It’s surprisingly easy and works alongside any array of vegetable dishes, perfectly lapped up with Pol Roti or rice.

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