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Rice : Top four popular rice side dishes from Sri Lanka

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Rice dishes for meal prep

Ghee Rice

The flavorful dish is very easy and straight forward to make. Ghee rice and it’s variations are a popular choice when it comes to wedding menu creations in Sri Lanka. Medium or short grain raw rice is perfect for making this side dish. At my home whenever I want to make Ghee rice I use ponni raw verity from the Indian grocery store. If not, you could use Basmati rice, if that what you can easily find.

Ghee rice
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If you want to learn how to replace rice in rice and curry dishes please read my article on my top rice replacements

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#2 Yellow Rice

Yellow rice is another perfect side dish made with Ponni raw rice or Samba rice. Cooked with herbs and coconut milk and enjoyed with ensemble of Sri Lankan curries like black pork and vegetable curries like tempered eggplant or lentils to make up a festive lunch.

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Source : Ceylon cookery ; Chandra Dissanayake

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#3 Fried Rice

Restaurant style fried rice is my favorite out of all four recipes. Typically Samba or Basmati rice is great for making fried rice. Rice is cooked beforehand and flavored up with fried vegetables and meat just after. You could definitely use any combinations of meat such as beef or mutton. I am using chicken and shrimp today as its my favorite combination of all.

Restaurant style fried rice

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#4 Milk Rice

Milk rice is part of the Sri Lankan breakfast table during Sinhala and Hindu new year. Rice becomes tad bit overcooked and creamy with coconut milk in the cooking process to make a flavorful creamy delight.

Milk Rice on Breakfast Table

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Apart from the recipes above, there are many other popular rice dishes cooked in festivities like Lamprais, Biryani, Nasi goreng etc… but these four recipes are my easy, go to, favorites. What are yours ?

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