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Commonly served vegan

Dishes that are traditionally served vegan

Breakfast rice flour pancakes made with coconut milk and a pinch of sugar. Make sure: no eggs are added

Hoppers or Aappa

String shaped rice flour dough cakes, made with coconut and sugar

String Hoppers or Idiyappam

Red lentil curry made with coconut milk and local spices, usually served with rice

Masoor Dhal

Local steamed/fresh green leaves salad, mixed with onions, coconut, lime and green chilies. Make sure: no butter is used


Semolina pudding made with sugar and cashew nuts. Make sure: no ghee is used


Traditional stew made from beetroot, coconut milk and local spices. Make sure: no ghee is used

Beetroot curry

Steamed rice flour cakes made with coconut and salt

Pittu or Pottu

Wheat flour flatbread


White rice cooked in coconut milk, usually served with pickled vegetables


Rice flour deep fried buns, made with sugar and cardamom


Dark soft candy made from jaggery, coconut milk, and rice flour

Kalu dodol

Rice flour based sweet, made with cashew nuts, sugar and spices


Traditional mix of pickled onions, carrots and peppers, made with dates, chili and local spices

Malay Achcharu

Deep-fried salty snack made from rice flour and coconut

Pani Walalu

Sri Lanka special sweet coconut usually sold fresh

King Coconut Water

Dishes that can be Veganized

Dishes that are not vegan by default, but can be made so, by asking to remove or change part of the ingredients.

Pan-fried roti (wheat bread) with veggies, eggs/ meat, onion, garlic and spices. To veganize: ask for no meat or eggs


Rice, curry and coconut milk. May contain butter, meat or eggs. To veganize: ask for vegetarian curries without eggs, butter or ghee

Rice and Curry

White rice with coconut, chili and spices, can be made with dried fish flakes. To veganize: ask for no fish

Pol Sambol

Fried rice with vegetables, eggs and sometimes meat or shrimp paste. To veganize: ask for no eggs, meat or shrimp paste

Nasi Goreng

Dishes that are not vegan, but appear to be

Dishes that might look vegan, but contain animal products.

Sweet coconut stuffed crepes made with eggs and milk

Pani Pol

Coconut and jaggery pudding made with eggs and usually with milk


Seafood broth used as a base for different dishes


Peanut and rice crackers usually made with eggs


Traditional vegetarian curry, made with honeycomb tripe

Babath curry

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