Monday, July 20, 2009


-This is my response to Today's prompt at www . "Describe in detail your favorite breakfast as a child."-

My siblings and I would wait uncomplainingly around the breakfast table for Father ,who would bring the freshly baked bread from the Bakery, which we all took delight in eating ,with the coconut “sambol” Mother made. Even though we had a choice for breakfast, we always tried to eat Mother’s favorite. With stinging eyes and a runny nose, my whole body would be encircled with a burning sensation . I wouldn’t give up!! Hastily gulping water in between each morsel, I would fan myself with the morning newspaper, to cool that sweltering in me and pretend that everything was just fine. I would n’t dislodge from the breakfast table till I finished the last mouthful of that spicy coconut sambol , which was a mixture of scrapped coconut, red chilly ,green chilly and chopped onions sprinkled with lemon juice and salt. This was Mother’s delight!


  1. what is sambol, exactly?

  2. Spicy Coconut Salad (Pol Sambol or Sambol)

    This is a popular condiment, a common accompaniment to any Sri Lankan meal,


    1 cup grated coconut(or dry coconut flakes re-hydrated with water)
    1 medium sized onion finely chopped
    1 – 2 t. chillie powder
    2 green chillies,with or with out seeds
    Salt to taste
    Juice of 1 small lime

    Mix all ingredients in a food processor and grind until well blended.

  3. i love coconut, and i love spice, just not fire alarm spice. it sounds delicious, perhaps i will try this and add it to an "american" meal.