Sinhalese New Year Table

Everything’s in bloom! With the approach of April and the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, it seems as though nature itself is preparing to welcome the festive season. Avurudu falls on the 14th April this year (as with most years) and as most celebrations in Sri Lanka, Sinhala New Year is characterized by the many traditional Avurudu Food prepared for the occasion. And these treats inevitably have their own place in the Sri Lankan food scene.

The smell of cooking, frying, baking and the hustle and bustle that is characteristic of the season hasn’t started as of yet. However, time is right for us to get pounding, grinding, sifting, seeping all those amazing little treats for the Sri Lankan New Year. In the spirit of the season, I’m going to share with you a few Avurudu recipes that I have in my repertoire.