Pol Sambola is one of the must try foods in Sri Lanka. It is spicy but well goes with many of Sri Lankan food. Actually it is a coconut relish prepared with chili and onion which is really easy to make in a modern kitchen. Just add everything in to an electric blender & grind till smooth! But, still,I like the traditional style of preparing of Pol Sambola. Even in a modern Sri Lankan kitchen, we have most of Sri Lankan traditional cooking equipment such as Grinding stone and mortar & Pestle.
Ok,I don’t have a photo of a coconut with the skin.Most of Sri Lankans have their own coconut trees.(mostly not in the city area).If we own coconut,first we have to remove the skin which is bit risky task.I really cannot or I never tried it!
(I captured the above picture during my last holiday in Sri Lanka.She is getting ready to a coconut scraping competition.I will share photos of that competition soon!)
Then we need to scrape the coconut. In Sri Lankan home,we have coconut scraper (aka hiramanaya).
Nowadays there are different improved coconut scrapers.Below is another type of scraper which is bit easier than the above scraper.Check different types of Coconut Scrapers
Once fresh coconut is ready,grind red chili,salt and red onions into a fine paste.
Recipe: Pol Sambola in a Traditional Sri Lankan Kitchen
It is ready to serve.