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A bowl full of pol sambol with coconut, lime, shallot and red chilies as the ingredients.

Sri Lankan Pol Sambol

A side dish or relish perfect with Sri Lankan curries or on its own.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Sri Lankan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 79 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 1 coconut grated
  • 5 dried chilies
  • 6 small shallots
  • 2 limes juice of
  • 1 teaspoon Maldive fish
  • salt


  1. Using a mortar and pestle make a paste with the dried chilies and a pinch of salt

  2. In a bowl, mix together the shallots, coconut, and chili paste.

  3. Add the Maldive fish if using

  4. Add the fresh lime juice

  5. Add salt to taste

  6. Mix everything together and taste, adjust as your palate dictates. The end result should be sweet, sour, savory, hot, and a heavenly bite.

Nutrition Facts
Sri Lankan Pol Sambol
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 211mg6%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 182IU4%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.