The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is celebrated each year in the month of April when the vibrant, red flowers of the Erabadu trees form a canopy over the busy streets with each morning brightened by the distant call of the Koha. Waking up to a mighty feast of Kiri Bath and curry followed by a myriad of sweet treats is a tradition we Sri Lankans look forward to on the day of Avurudu.
My mother would fry the crispiest and most addictive Kokis in town, dotted with dried oregano and seasoned to perfection! Some might say it’s almost blasphemous to steer away from the traditional recipe, especially on Avurudu, but honestly, this is a must try! Here’s a recipe with a twist to try this month, but if you find the addition of oregano a little too ambitious, simply replace with curry leaves – it works just as well!