Sri Lankan Recipes

Pol Sambol – Delicious Coconut Salad Recipe from Ceylon

Real happiness is preparing something that you have been enjoying since your childhood! Isn’t it? Having spent almost 15 years in Sri Lanka, definitely I can’t escape from the world of coconuts. Coconut is one of the main agricultural crops in Sri Lanka. Hence coconut is generously used in Sri Lankan cuisine along with local spices. Coconut milk and coconut oil are used in almost all the Sri Lankan curries. Even sweets are not exceptions in this list. Believe me, no one earth can relish coconut like Sri Lankans.

Picture of Coconut Sambol. An easy Sri Lankan Spicy Coconut Salad.

Sambol in Sinhala means salad. Sambol can be prepared with vegetables, green leaves, meat and coconut. Pol Sambol or Coconut Sambol is a staple dish in Sri Lanka among all other. It is made with coconut. Traditionally this is prepared with mortar & pestle, but now rarely you can see someone making Sambol using mortar & pestle. Using Maldives Dried Fish in Sambol gives it extra flavour and taste. Sambol preparation differs from city to city there. Pol Sambol is usually served with bread, roti, rice, pittu, hopper, string hoppers and even with crispy dosa too. Here is the simple recipe for sambol.

Pol Sambol

Pol Sambol – Delicious Coconut Salad Recipe from Ceylon Pol Sambol – Delicious Coconut Salad Recipe from Ceylon Print This
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  • Grated Coconut - 300 gm
  • Dried Chillies - 03 Nos
  • Shallots - 07 Nos
  • Green Chillies - 02 Nos
  • Curry Leaves - A Few
  • Lemon Juice - 02 tablespoons
  • Salt - 01 tablespoon


  1. Add grated coconut to a mortar along with finely chopped shallots, green chillies and curry leaves. Pound it with a pestle.
  2. Transfer it to another bowl.
  3. Blend the dried chillies with little water to a fine paste and add it to the coconut mix.
  4. Add lime juice and salt to it. Mix it by hand until the grated coconut turns orange.
  5. Serve it with Roti or Bread.


If you are a non-vegetarian or pescatarian, you can add powdered Maldive dried tuna or fish to the same recipe. The ingredients can be sautéed with little coconut oil for a minute or two before blending. It would enhance the flavour.

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Uma 7th November 2018 at 11:45 pm

Awesome recipe and love your version.I got an awesome recipe from a srilankan rest. in london using dried prawn. It tasted delicious and he gave me the recipe immediately when i asked for it. But yet to try it on my own.:-)

Sathiskumar Shanmugam 8th November 2018 at 11:21 am

Thank you! We usually add dried fish or dried prawns to this recipe. But this is a vegetarian and the basic recipe. So anyone can follow it with some minor modifications according to their choices. 🙂


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