Upali’s: exquisite Sri Lankan delicacies

A restaurant renowned for its specialised and flavourful take on Sri Lankan cuisine, Upali’s is frequented by locals and tourists alike.

This is the go-to place for rice and curry, located in the heart of Colombo, at a venue that makes you feel right at home.

The Meatless Monday Sri Lanka team tried out the wide variety of plant-based cuisine on offer and was spoiled for choice with the treats on the menu, comprising an impressive range of Sri Lankan specialities.


Kehel Kole Lunch Set Menu

The Kehel Kole yellow rice and curry lunch set consisted of fragrant yellow rice tempered with onions, raisins, and curry leaves, served with Parippu (lentil curry), Ala Thel Daala (tempered potatoes), Gamé Batu Moju (village-style tempered brinjal), and tempered coconut sambol, complete with a vegetable cutlet and papadam.

This heavenly plate packed with mouthwatering local favourites are sure to tantalise any local food lover’s taste buds, given the explosion of flavours – the tangy pol sambol, the sweet moju, and the crunchy papadams are the best accompaniments to the mildly spicy curries and fluffy rice.

This is a rice and curry dish you can recommend to just about anyone – especially those who are new to Sri Lankan cuisine as it is sure to impress by showcasing local flavours in their best light, while going easy on the spices.




The Hathmaluwa is a seven-in-one vegetable curry – a traditional recipe that dates back 2,000 years!

This veggie-packed dish brimming with goodness consists of kadju (cashew), alu kesel (ash plantain), maekaral (string beans), bimmal (mushroom), thibbatu (wild eggplant), nivithi (spinach), and wattakka (pumpkin).

This mild and flavourful curry is a must-have when visiting Upali’s – it’s great on its own and is also a great accompaniment to any rice and curry meal.


Gotukola Sambolaya

This green salad, made of Sri Lankan herbal green leaves (pennywort) and mixed with onions, green chillies, and grated coconut, is a refreshing and zesty accompaniment that is a must-have when visiting Upali’s.

Both nutritious and delicious at the same time, this is a feel-good and guilt-free dish that can be shared amongst two to four people.


Polos Cutlets

This dish comprises five deep-fried croquettes made with baby jackfruit, vegetables, onions, green chilli, and spices.

Perfect as an appetiser or as a complement to the main dishes on offer, these cutlets are perfectly crunchy on the outside and wonderfully flavoured and textured within. We gobbled up every last one!


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