Foody writer Sarah B on her My New Roots blog raves about Sri Lanka’s “incredible” seeni sambol and the “blow-your-head-off” spicyness of our cuisine in general.
She writes: “Being someone who loves a meal with many elements, Sri Lankan food was pretty much my dream come true. Every meal is served with plenty of sides: sauces, chutneys, relishes, and pickles, to make each bite unique and surprising.
“And as if the curries themselves weren’t hot enough, the chili-based sambols on the side will certainly commit your taste buds to perplexing levels of pain.”
She also enthuses about our pol sambol, “the ubiquitous, fiery condiment served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is probably one of the simplest dishes to make, consisting mainly of chili, shredded coconut, chili, lime, and chili – did I mention the chili?
“Yea. This mix ranges from very spicy to volcanically hot depending on whose table you’re sitting at.”
But it is the seeni sambol—“one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted”—that really turned her head and set her taste buds on fire!
A fragrant, Sri Lankan caramelized onion jam, “it turned out to be incredible on everything from hoppers to curries, and could turn a pretty plain bowl of red rice into something remarkably special.
“I became totally obsessed with this sambol and it was the very first thing I attempted to make when I came home. I really cannot tell you enough how awesome this stuff is. Do yourself a favour and make a batch soon!”