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A staple of Sri Lankan family life, this mild coconut curry is simple & delicious.

July 05, 2023

KIRI HODI (COCONUT MILK CURRY) <h6>A staple of Sri Lankan family life, this mild coconut curry is simple & delicious.</h6>

A simple & delicious coconut milk recipe that is the staple of Sri Lankan family life.

Lime, coconut & turmeric make this one-pot sauce a perfect addition to rice, vegetable and fish dishes.

Easy, healthy & mildly spiced - this is a winner with the kids too!

Pair with Peter Kuruvita’s Pol Sambal recipe and dip with string hoppers or warm roti.


Kiri Hodi (Coconut milk curry)

Serves 4 | Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Skill Level: Easy




1 red onion, thinly sliced 

2 small green chilli, halved lengthways 

1 sprig fresh curry leaves 

2 cm piece pandanus leaf 

6 Cardamons 

1 stick cinnamon  

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 

1 tsp ground turmeric 

1 tsp fenugreek seeds 

1 tbsp Maldive fish flakes  ground (optional) 

1 tsp salt 

500 ml  thick coconut milk 

Small piece of goroka  

1 lime, juiced 




  1. Place all the ingredients except the coconut milk and lime juice into a heavy-based saucepan. 

  2. Add 1 cup water and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes or until the onion softens.

  3. Add the coconut milk, stirring continuously for 1-2 minutes (do not let the mixture boil). 

  4. Remove from heat, season to taste with salt. 

  5. Add the lime juice.