Sri Lanka’s highest civilian award recipient 82 years young Chef “Deshbandu” Dr. Publis Silva is in Mumbai to showcase his Sri Lankan culinary secret at The Leela hotel. It’s a golden opportunity for Mumbaikar’s to relish authentic delicacies in ongoing Sri Lankan food festival being held at award winning restaurant Citrus. Chef Silva is currently serving as Culinary Director with The Mount Lavinia Hotel in Sri Lanka. He is accompanied by award-winning culinary maestro Chef Sunanda Kumar of the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana Sri Lanka. With an extensive spread of traditional delicacies and local favourites, this 10-day food festival will bring together the best–kept culinary secrets of the island nation. The citrus is decorated with Sri lankan artefacts, Indian and Sri lankan flags are displayed on every table and service staff’s are wearing traditional Sri Lankan Lungs and Shirt.
The Sri Lankan food festival was launched on 30th August 2018, by the hands of Her Excellency Chamari Rodrigo – Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai along with Sameer Sud General Manager The Leela Hotel by lighting traditional lamp. Corporate Indian Chef Surener Mohan of The Leela group, Chef Dr. Publis Silva and Abhishek Basu EAM F&B, Udeni Perera – Area Manager- Sri Lankan Airlines also participated in lighting traditional lamp. Many Consul Generals of different countries, beauraucrats and other dignitaries were also present during the inaugural event.
Her Excellency – Chamari Rodrigo – Consul General of Sri Lanka speaking to Mumbai Messenger said “We are very happy to promote Sri Lankan food in Mumbai to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations, between India and Sri Lanka. I am thankful to the management of Leela hotel who whole heartedly supported us in promoting Sri Lankan food. We are proud that our food festival is being held at prestigious which is known for serving world class gastronomy. We are also thankful to Sri Lankan airlines for their kind support”.
Sri Lankan delicacies:
A Wide range of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian delights are displayed on buffet. Classic delicacies begin with Mutton and Barley soup, Upcountry Vegetable Soup or Wild Asparagus Soup to name a few. There are local delights like Fried Bitter Gourd Salad, Cuttlefish Achcharu, Chicken Moju, Snake Gourd Salad and Beef Smore. You can enjoy a variety of sambols like Pol Sambol, Cutta Sambol, Lasia Yam Sambol, Cabbage Leaf Mallum, Papadum, Fried Dry Fish and Sri Lankan Pickle. Try out curries of Sri Lanka like Fish Ambul Thiyal, Chicken Chutty Roast, Mutton Liver Curry, Crab Curry, Prawn Curry, Beef Devilled Curry, Lamb Curry, Red Fish Curry and lots more.
Vegetarians can opt for Young Jackfruit Curry, Cashew Nut Curry, Lady Finger Istharum, Lotus Yam Curry, Brinjal Pahie, Dhal and Spinach Curry, Thumba Viyaluma Curry or Ash Plantain Curry. Complement these soulful curries with regional specialities like Bath Rasa Gulawa, Red Rice, Vegetable Fried Rice or Vegetable String Hopper Pilau.
All time favourites:
Do not forget to try Hoppers and Kottu, the classic Sri Lankan staples. Take your pick from the Jackfruit Kottu, Chicken/ Mutton and Vegetable Kottu. End your meal with popular Lankan sweets like Kavum, Muscat, Jaggery and Coconut Pudding, Milk Toffee, Thala Kerali and Coconut Pancake.
Chef Publis Silva is prominent Chef of Sri Lanka. He is a recipient of Sri Lanka’s highest civilian award “Deshbandu”, awarded by The President of Sri Lanka for meritorious services. He is decorated with Phd by one of the Sri Lanka’s University. He has authored 23 cookbooks and prime advocate of Sri Lankan cuisine on a local and global scale. He has also published world’s smallest cook book with limited edition of 35 numbers.
Sri Lankan Food Festival
Where: The Leela Mumbai
When: Ongoing till 8th September 2018
Timings: Lunch: 12:00 hrs to 15.00 hrs
Dinner: 19.00 hrs to 23.30 hrs
Contact: 6691 1359/60
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist