Benefits of spices

Benefits of spices



Imagine your favorite dishes with no spices. Impossible, right? Right from the kitchen and as home remedies spices play a big role in most of Sri Lankan households. As Sri Lanka  is blessed with a mixed atmosphere each of its provinces produces some spice or the other. No big surprise why spices are utilized so widely for cooking in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka as well as in some other nations spices are believed to perform miracles.

Aside from added to enhance the, flavor,taste and aroma, of food, spices give unbounded medical advantages too. we can make the most of all these spices, if we know their uses better. Some may even be a substitute for your medicine.

 We can without much of a stretch put it like this, wherever you discover a Sri Lankan you will discover Sri Lankan spices. No big surprise, because from the time immemorial spices were widely used in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans are very proud of their spices and cooking. when all the fancy food items from all over the world come to Sri Lanka, some Sri Lankans still stick to their traditional spicy foods because of their nutritional value.

Spice Gardens

Spice Gardens in Sri Lanka

One must visit a Spice Garden in Sri Lanka to get an insight into the long cherished spice history of the island. Spice gardens in the hill capital ,Matale, Mawanella etc. give fascinating experiences to spice lovers from all over the world. In fact most of the tourists visiting these gardens take back with them a memorable experience after seeing and feeling Sri Lankan spices.
Sri Lanka which was then known as Taprobane, was world renowed for its high Quality Spices. It is believed even during ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabic kept up their connections with Sri Lanka through the spice trade. In the sixteenth century Ceylon, as Sri lanka was then known, was found by Portuguese who soon started exchanging cinnamon and different spices with the kings of Ceylon. They were followed by the Dutch and English who contributed their share to shape Sri lanka's spice history. In fact in the Western part of the country which was mostly frequented by the Europeans, the uniqueness of the dishes can be tasted even today.

Among the mostly exchanged spices, cinnamon takes the first place.The Dutch loved cinnamon and even went to the extent of imposing certain laws to punish those who fell or harmed cinnamon trees. Among the other much valued sri lankan spices are  cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and pepper, for which Sri Lanka is famous all over the world.

Uniqueness of Sri Lankan food

Uniqueness of Sri Lankan food





Foods in Sri Lanka can be hot or extremely spicy and many foreigners who come to Sri Lanka would not dare to go for them. Except the ones who love spicy food.  Some believe that those who prefer hot and spicy food are hot tempered and aggressive. But this is not true, when it comes to Sri Lankans. Sri lankans are known all over the world for their unique hospitality. Just like the Sri lankans, Sri Lankan food also is remarkable for their unique taste.Numerous Sinhala or sri lankan food items are obtained from Chena cultivation. Sri Lankan food plays an imperative part in the Islanders' life from the most favorable Sinhala/Hindu New Year festival to minor occasions. They make milk rice, milk toffee and sweet desserts with coconut milk at social celebrations. The curries come in numerous smells and flavors  mixed with Sri Lankan Hot Spices. All this give an incredible sensation when used as part of meals.

Most of the Sri Lankans eat rice with vegetables. In fact Rice and curry is the staple food in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan curries are known for their searing hot fiery flavors and coconut milk is an essential element of Sri Lankan curries. As a matter of fact, it is very hard to find a sri lankan dish which does not contain either coconut milk or coconut oil. The amount of coconut milk added decides the taste of the dishes. In the sense if the curry is too spicy , one can make it less spicy by adding some coconut milk. If the curry is too salty also we can add some coconut milk and balance the taste. coconut milk has this amazing ability to balance the taste of any curry.

Foods in Sri Lanka 


The claim to fame in Sri Lankan food is that the same food is distinctively made in different parts of the island. One may not taste the same chicken curry in both Kandy and Colombo. In fact the style of cooking differs from city to city. Dishes from the Northern part of Sri Lanka have the touch of south Indian flavors. Dishes from the Southern area of Sri Lanka can be  Hot or Mellow. The food of the southern district of Sri Lanka are known for their amazing mouth watering fish curry. It is mostly made in the villages around the coastal belt. sri lankans call this delicious dish 'Ambulthiyal'. It is a bit sour, hot fish curry with gamboges or "Goraka" juice.

Certain types of fish like Balaya , Kelawalla are local to Southern oceans. "Lunu dehi" (lime pickle) and jaadi (Pikled fish) are food items which are seasoned with lime and pepper to preserve.

Since upper western beachfront district is dry, fish is dried with salt. This is called "Karawala" (dry fish). This process is a bit easier since the area around the coastal belt of the island is hot compared to the interior of the country .

Chena and Paddy cultivation, have produced numerous food stuff. Sri Lankans love sweetmeats like Kavum, kokis, Halape, Thalaguli and Wattalapam and so forth. Most of the Sri Lankans' drink of choice is either tea or coffee.
As already mentioned Staple diet of Sri Lanka is 'Rice and curry'. Sri lankans use various techniques to cook their dishes. Among the most popular dishes are Soups, meat, Ocean depths, Lentils, Vegetables, Sambols (a paste made of onion,chilli and coconut), Mallums (greens), Pies . Curd and Treacle and Sweetmeats produced using Rice flour and palm treacle, are all organic products which make sri lankan foods heavenly.

Connection between your health and the food you eat

connection between your health and the food you eat





The food we eat gives our bodies the "nutrients" and materials to work properly. when we don't get the right nutrients in right amounts, our metabolism and our well-being, start to decay.

On the other hand when we get an excess of food, or food that gives our bodies more than enough nutrients, we are faced with the danger of becoming obese. And when we don't receive sufficient nutrients there is a risk of being, undernourished and the chances of getting conditions like, diabetes,
high blood pressure joint pain and dizziness are very high.

Sometimes Food is like a drug, it can treat a disease or make it worse. In other words food can sometimes make a patient feel better or worse. It also has this amazing power to change our mood.
To put it plainly, what we eat is integral to our well-being.

The nutrients in food empower the cells in our bodies to perform their important functions. Nutrients are the supporting substances in food that are crucial for the development, improvement and upkeep of our bodies' functions. The implication here is that if an essential nutrient  is lacking or not present, our well-being or health start to decay. Likewise, nutrients give our bodies instructions as to how it should work. In this sense, food can be seen as a wellspring of "data" for the body. Considering food along these lines give us a perspective of nourishment that goes past calories or grams, nutritious food or junk food. This way of thinking leads us to concentrate on food we ought to consume as opposed to food to avoid.

Rather than treating food as an enemy, we should look to food as something that helps us to become fit, happy and most importantly something that looks after our health. By that we do not suggest that a diabetic patient should indulge in sugar disregarding his condition or a person who has cholesterol should eat a lot of oily food. It is always important to keep in mind one's limits and doctors advice.

Adhering to a good diet is not about strict dietary impediments, staying unreasonably thin, or denying yourself of the foods you cherish. Maybe, it's about feeling extraordinary, having more vitality, enhancing your viewpoint, and settling your state of mind. when you feel overpowered by all the clashing nourishment and eating routine guidance out there, you're not the only one. It appears that each health specialist who lets you know some food is beneficial for you, you'll discover another saying exactly the opposite. Anyway, by using those basic tips, you can yourself figure out how to make a sound eating pattern that is healthy to your brain as well as to your body.

We all realize that eating right can help us ,maintain a
fit body and a weight that fits our height. However your eating patterns also can likewise have a significant impact on your mental well-being. Studies have found that eating a typical Western diet —loaded with fried red meats, ketchup, takeout food, and sugary snacks—tend to cause depression, anxiety and uneasiness. Incorrect eating patterns may even assume a part in the improvement of psychological issues too.

Eating more organic foods, fruits and vegetables grown in the home garden, cooking dinners at home, and lessening your fat and sugar consumption, may help to enhance appetite and reduce the danger of getting emotional issues.

While some particular foods or nutrients have been highlighted to have a helpful impact on your health, what is more important is taking a balanced diet. You don't need to be perfect and you don't need to totally stop indulging in junk foods you love. What is important is eating what you like in the right amounts and not crossing the line.




ranweli spice garden sri lanka


Nutmeg also known as muscat is a sour fruit that produces two of the most valuable and expensive spices in the world. Nutmeg is one of two spices that grow on an evergreen tree with the scientific classification Myristica fragrans, also known as common nutmeg. It is native to islands near Indonesia, but is now a globally used spice. This is the only tree which is the source of two distinct spices in the world. As you can see on the picture the red color part of the fruit is known as mace which is the most expensive part of the fruit. This red color part can tenderize any meat.


Nutmeg is the seed of the fruit, It weighs somewhere around 5 to 10g. nutmeg trees start to produce fruits once they are 7–9 years old, the tree starts to produce a considerable number of fruits after about 25 years. According to sri lankans 'the older the tree gets, the more fruits it produces.

Nutmeg is a delicate, slightly sweet spice that is widely used in cuisines around the world, including both Asian and western dishes. The tree is also highly valued because of the essential oils that are derived from the fruits and leaves. The essential oils from nutmeg are highly beneficial to health, and are frequently used in  herbal medicine.

Benefits of Nutmeg

Benefits of Nutmeg

nutmeg sri lanka spice garden

Nutmeg is a popular spice that has a long list of  benefits such as, its ability to relieve pain, improve memory,facilitate digestion, boost skin health, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.

But doctors do not recommend more than one nutmeg per day because it is a strong spice and must be consumed in small quantities. 
Nutmeg (the black color part of the fruit) and mace (red color part of the fruit) both have a sort of an acidic taste. Mace is regularly used in cake and pudding for the splendid saffron-like taste it produces. Nutmeg is used to enhance numerous meat products.

The skin of this fruit (the yellowish color part) taste very sour and acidic compared to the rest of the fruit. This is added into food stuff like chutney, jam, and cordial. And also it has got many medicinal uses too. In fact it is a good home remedy for stomachache. we find a lot of nutmeg in Ayurvedic products in both Sri Lanka and India.