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Eat Sri Lankan Food Like a Local: Featuring Brinjal Moju

Written by Nuska Nasser and Published by Carol Hoang
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Are you curious what Sri Lankan food is all about? Or are you looking to try to make Brinjal Moju from your home? Learn from the CEO of Food Queen, Nuska Nasser, a female entrepreneur and mom. Learn more about making authentic Sri Lankan Food.


Sri Lanka is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean. With the country’s multi cultural aspect, you cannot expect anything less when it comes to food. Every dish is filled with its regional flavours while the cuisine is highly centered around many varieties of rice, as well as coconut, while seafood also plays quite an important part.

The Flavors of Sri Lanka: Hot and Spicy, Tangy and Sweet

Since Sri Lankan food is regionally diverse, you can expect the same dish prepared in various methods and with different flavors. Hot and spicy, tangy and sweet are the main flavors that you can explore whenever you are on a food trail in Sri Lanka.

A few things about Sri Lankan food can be said with certainty: Sri Lankans thoroughly love spices, they love food that explode with flavor, and many enjoy deep fried, flavorful snacks. 

Whatever you choose to eat in Sri Lanka, your mouth is going to rejoice with happiness.

Sri Lankan Food Culture: A Blend of Curry Concoctions

As a country that was a hub in the historic oceanic silk road and throughout the years of colonization and influence from other countries, Sri Lanka has also adapted its food culture into a blend of different curry concoctions and tasty dishes.

One of the most Popular Dishes in Sri Lanka: The Brinjal Moju

One of the most popular dishes that is consumed by many locals and tourists is Brinjal Moju.

It’s the most spoken and loved dish by many. Simply bringing it to life, this dish is a unique combination of Brinjal aka Eggplant, Vinegar, Mustard seeds and spices that are the root of many Sri Lankan dishes.

Traditionally cooked over a naked flame in a clay pot, Brinjal Moju is a Sri Lankan eggplant pickle with a very definite spicy kick. It’s a great accompaniment to have with curries and other dishes but it’s also really delicious on its own.

The unique flavor of this dish hits all the right spots, with its subtle tanginess from the coconut vinegar and the slight sweetness from the sugar and fried eggplant. The combo of sweet and sour, the crunch of the shallots, the deep-fried brinjals ,all work brilliantly together. 

This dish definitely adds a layer of taste that is pure joy to sink your taste buds into.

You’ll have every opportunity to taste this amazing brinjal dish if you ever set foot in a Sri Lankan restaurant or home, the dish is a classic and found in most Sri Lankan menus.

Even though the food is generally simple to make, it’s said that for the average outsider, Sri Lankan cooking is not easy to master, due to the wealth of variations for even the most basic of dishes. 

As so often happens, recipes differ from cook to cook. Brinjal Moju for example, can be eye-wateringly sour, almost caramelized, or a balance between the two.

If you want the complete Free Video Tutorial on how to make Authentic Sri Lankan Brinjal Moju, then click the link below. 

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Nuska Nasser

CEO of Food Queen

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