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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 79kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


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


  • Using a mortar and pestle make a paste with the dried chilies and a pinch of salt
  • In a bowl, mix together the shallots, coconut, and chili paste.
  • Add the Maldive fish if using
  • Add the fresh lime juice
  • Add salt to taste
  • Mix everything together and taste, adjust as your palate dictates. The end result should be sweet, sour, savory, hot, and a heavenly bite.


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg