Pol sambol
Traditional pol sambol
Alternative namesPol sambol, thengai sambal, coconut sambol
Place of originSri Lanka
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientscoconut, red onion, chillies, salt, lime/lemon
VariationsMaldives fish

Pol sambol (Sinhala: පොල් සම්බෝල), or thenkai sambal (Tamil: தேங்காய் சம்பல்), is a traditional Sri Lankan dish made from coconut, mostly used as an accompaniment with rice, string hoppers, hoppers and curries.[1][2] It is a coconut relish, consisting of freshly grated coconut, shallots, dried whole chilies or chili powder, lime juice, and salt.[3][4]

Traditionally the ingredients are ground on a rectangular block of granite with a granite rolling-pin, known as a miris gala (Sinhala: මිරිස් ගල).[5] Alternatives include the use of Maldives fish (umbalakaḍa), a smoked and cured tuna, that is sold in chips or flakes.[6][7] A variation can be made by sautéing the pol sambol in mustard seeds, curry leaves and sliced onion, which is called badapu pol sambol (sautéed pol sambol).

See also


  1. ^ Lee, Jess (2014). The World's Best Spicy Food: Where to Find it & How to Make it. Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781743604212.
  2. ^ Bajpai, Lopamudra Maitra (2020), India, Sri Lanka and the SAARC Region: History, Popular Culture and Heritage, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781000205855
  3. ^ Gunawardena, Charles A. (2005). Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 96. ISBN 9781932705485.
  4. ^ Institute of Traditional Cultures (1967). "Bulletin of the Institute of Traditional Cultures". University of Madras: 226. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Bullis, Douglas; Hutton, Wendy (2001). Food of Sri Lanka. Tuttle Publishing. p. 37. ISBN 9781462907182.
  6. ^ Solomon, Charmaine (2011). The Complete Asian Cookbook. Hardie Grant Australia. ISBN 9781742701448.
  7. ^ Blazé, Ray (1961). Ceylon, Its People and Its Homes. J. Murray. p. 84.