Saturday, 22 March 2014

Lamprais (Lump Rice) (+playlist)

Lampraise is a dutch influenced, a very rich rice dish very famous among all Sri Lankans. The banana leaf wrapping gives  the rice and the curries with an authentic aroma and a taste unique to this dish. Its really expensive to buy. If you give it a try, the money spent on one packet enough to buy ingredients to serve four people.

Try to make some curries a day before or when you have time.This recipe has changed a lot and some use seeni sambol instead of onion salad, then fried eggs and fried potato and ash plaintain curry. I just tried to stick to  the correct recipe.The banana leaf is an important part of Lamprais because it gives the food a special flavour and fragrance once it is steamed or baked together. Do not wrap this in plastic wrapings. I t will not taste the same.
Lamprais (Lump Rice) A Famous rice dish

Ingredients for the Rice

  • 3 Cups Rice
  • Onions
  • Curry Leaves
  • Pandan Leaves
  • 20 g Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamon Seeds
  • Cloves
  • Pepper corns
  • Garlic
  • 6 Cups of water
  • Tumeric Powder
  • Coconut milk (Optional)


  1. Add Butter and all the ingredients and fry until it releases the aroma.
  2. Then add rice and fry the rice and add water and tumeric powder. 
  3. Cook the rice and put the coconut milk if you like.

Ingredients for the Brinjal Pickle

  • 3 large Egg plants deep fried
  • 1 Tblsp mustard seeds
  • 1 Tsp Tamarind juice
  • 3 Tblsp vinegar
  • Salt
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Tsp Ginger
  • 1 Tblsp Garlic
  • 1 Tblsp Chillie Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Tumeric Powder
  • Fresh Chillies
  • Curry Leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Pandan Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1Tblsp Maldive fish flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Thick Coconut milk
  • 1Tblsp Oil


  • Add a tablespoon oil in to a pot.
  • Add the Onions, Garlic & Ginger,Curry leaves, Cinnamon , Pandan leaves,Fennel, mustard seeds & Cumin seeds.Cook 2 minutes.
  • Add tamarind,chillie powder, tumeric powder,chillies,maldive fish flakes  sugar, vinegar,& salt. Cook another minute.
  • Then add the fried egg plants about 2-3 minutes until it absorbs all the flavours.
  • Add coconut milk & cook until it becomes a dry curry.

Ingredients for the Prawn Balachchan

  • 1 Cup Dried Shrimp (Kooni)
  • Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ginger
  • 2 Tblsp desicated Coconut
  • 2 fresh limes
  • Some Red Dried Chillies
  • 1 large shallot or several small shallots
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tblsp oil


  1. Dry roast the prawns dried chillies and the coconut.
  2. Add onion garlic and sugar in to a food processor or in to a motor.
  3. The add ginger chillies and coconut and the prawns.
  4. Process until smooth.
  5. Add lime juice and salt.Process again and leave it aside.
  6. Add oil into a pan.
  7. Cook the processed mix  and leave aside.

Ingrdients for the lamprais curry

  • Mutton/Pork/Beef/Ox liver
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • Salt
  • Fresh Chillies
  • Vinegar
  • Oil about a 1 Tblsp
  • 1 Tblsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Onion
  • Curry leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Pandan leaves
  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Cardamon seeds
  • Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tblsp Chillie Powder
  • 1 Tblsp Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Tumeric Powder


  1. Add oil in to a pan  and cook spices except the powders about  2 min.
  2. Add spice powders.
  3. Then add chicken and cook several minutes.
  4. Then add enough water to cook the meat.
  5. Add vinegar Salt & cocnut milk in to the chicken.
  6. Cook several minutes until it thickens the sauce.

Ingredients for the Frickadels

  • 250g Minced Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • Lime Juice
  • Fresh chillies
  • Chillie powder
  • Pepper
  • Tumeric Powder
  • Curry Powder
  • Salt
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Cardamons
  • Fresh Bread Crumbs for the mix
  • Flour,water, tumeric powder mix for the batter
  • and bread crumbs for coating the frickedels


  1. Add all the ingredients in to a food processer and mix .
  2. Then take a tablespoon ful mix and make balls.
  3. Dip that in batter.
  4. Coat in bread crumbs.
  5. Fry until golden brown and leave aside.

Ingredients for the fried Cooking banana or Ash Plantains.

  • Cooking bananas peeled and finely sliced
  • Tumeric Powder
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Cut the banana & season with salt & peeper.
  2. then deep fry until golden brown.
  3. Leave aside to drain on paper towels.

Ingredients for Onion Salad

  • 1 Onion
  • Some green chillies
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Slice the onion & chillies
  2. Add salt & lime juice
  3. Mix well.

Add rice and all the curries aside on a banan leaf. Wrap and bake in the oven several minutes before serving.


  1. I am exhausted just reading this recipe.. is this all served together . Can the meatballs be baked?