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A wholesome and traditional meal with kurakkan

A true traditional Sri Lankan meal that is served irrespective of breakfast or dinner is “kiri hodi’ (a white curry with very little spice), ‘lunu miris’ (a chili and onion sambol) and ‘pittu’, which is traditionally made with ‘kurakkan’ (finger millet) grain powder, freshly scraped coconut, which is mixed with salt, water and mixed by hand and finally steamed. Pittu is traditionally steamed in a mould made of bamboo, and there are moulds that are made out of copper, stainless steel and aluminum - however the final verdict of the steamed pittu is always the same shape; the shape of a cylinder. 

The ingredients used the pittu might differ based on the chef’s preference for the taste, as sometimes instead of the millet four, chefs do use manioc (tapioca) flour, rice flour and also ‘ata’ (wholemeal) flour - as all of these different types of flours provides a diversity in terms of flavour. However despite the flour used for the pittu, the preparation method remains the same. 

Kurakkan (finger millet) flour has regained popularity with our guests due to the flour’s gluten-free and diabetic-friendly properties. The younger generations have shown their fondness of eating pittu with fresh coconut milk and sugar whilst the adults prefer to consume it with the spicy curries. An often preferred choice of dessert is kurakkan pittu, served with treacle and curd - for those who love to explore traditional Sri Lankan cuisine.


Our policy in discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

Animals Are Friends Too: Discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

We at ExJ stay away from tourism experiences that are staged and involve animal cruelty and shopping traps that are contrived to exploit and deceive clients.

Even though some of the popular ‘attractions’ are not included in our programmes due to the above reasons, we have no objections in our clients making their own arrangements with our Drivers to visit these places.


Why we do not promote following attractions


Turtle Hatcheries

As this concept has serious negative aspects in terms of conservation, we do not encourage our visitors to patronize the turtle hatcheries, as not all of them are really turtle-friendly. We instead encourage them to observe turtles in their natural habitats.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

When we became aware that the animal welfare standards there were questionable, we stopped encouraging our clients to visit the orphanage. We are pleased to observe that the Born Free Foundation has now adopted similar measures.

Elephant back rides – Habarana

There’s uncertainty surrounding the attitude of this place towards animal welfare. There may be a few ethical operators, but in general, we are not in agreement with how the place is run. We all would love a photo of us riding an elephant, but is a lifetime of pain caused to these magnificent mammals really worth a few fleeting likes on social media?

Traditional Village Tour with a Canoe Trip and Bullock-Carts – Habarana

This is a tourist trap where a lot of the trip is ‘staged’ for commercial purposes. Such fake touristic experiences will not give our visitors an idea of what life in the country is really like, so join us as we show you the real side of Sri Lanka. And at the end of every vacation, always ask yourself, “Did you feel that your holiday was ethical, eco-friendly, and reduced environmental impacts?”

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