A salad or tempered greens as a mallum is an important part of day to day rice and curry meal. My mom never failed to add either a mallum or salad to the menu when she prepared family meals. A salad was an ideal way to add a cooling effect when she made very spicy and rich curries. Mallum on the other hand did help to round up the flavors and bulk up the meal without having to add too much rice.

Most Sri Lankan salads have kick to them with the little spicy green peppers, black pepper or cayenne pepper. Some of them had seasoned grated coconut mixed in. There are many different vegetable salads in Sri Lankan cuisine, but making of simple salads are more or less summarized in three recipes I am making today.

Spicy cucumber Salad

  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled seeded and cut in to small pieces
  • sliced red onion
  • 2 hot Thai green peppers
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Half of a lime

I make this simple salad out of cucumbers any time I am looking for something more than a snack , specially in hot summer afternoons. It comes together in a snap, dice the cucumbers and onion season with salt peppers and lime and enjoy!

Tomato and Tuna Salad ( Seafood)

  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced onions
  • Sliced green chili peppers
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • Touch of cayenne pepper powder
  • fresh lime juice

Mix everything and and add lime juice at the end when ready to serve. Perfect on its own, or as a lettuce wrap.

Rainbow Veggie Salad ( non spicy)

  • Two bell peppers yellow and orange
  • One red onion
  • One cucumber
  • One beetroot , boiled ( optional)
  • Pineapple chunks ( optional)
  • Juice of a half of a lime
  • Black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Peel and seed the cucumber and beetroot. De-seed the bell peppers. Dice vegetables in to bite sized cubes

Dice red onion.

mix the vegetables and season with salt pepper and lime juice. enjoy on its own or with rice and curry meal.


If you would like spicy heat in your salad add a touch of cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes. This sweet and spicy salad is perfect with fried rice or flavored rice pilaf.

My rice and curry lunch with rainbow veggie salad

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