Photo by Kim Lightbody

Coconut palms grow in abundance on Sri Lanka, and the fruits find their way into just about every meal in some form. Pol Sambol (like all sambols) is a versatile, vivid relish, given an intense hit of flavour from Maldive fish: smoked, sun-dried tuna, flaked and used sparingly.

Yield
Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, halved
    • 1 medium tomato, cut into quarters
    • 5 black peppercorns
    • 1 green chilli, deseeded
    • ? tsp chilli powder
    • 5 fresh curry leaves
    • 200g (7oz / 2 ? cups) freshly grated or desiccated (shredded) coconut
    • 1 tsp Maldive fish, crushed (optional)
    • juice of ? lime
    • salt

Preparation

    1. Place the onion, garlic, tomato, black peppercorns, green chilli, chilli powder and curry leaves in a food processor and blitz until you have a fine paste.
    2. Place the paste in a medium bowl and add the coconut, Maldive fish (if using) and mix well by hand. Then add the lime juice and salt to taste, mixing well. A few crushed curry leaves can be used as a garnish. Pictured left.

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Nutritional Info

  • Calories202
  • Carbohydrates14 g(5%)
  • Fat17 g(26%)
  • Protein3 g(5%)
  • Saturated Fat15 g(75%)
  • Sodium280 mg(12%)
  • Polyunsaturated Fat0 g
  • Fiber6 g(24%)
  • Monounsaturated Fat1 g

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