My Sri Lanka With Peter Kuruvita

February 2017
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Peter's Sri Lankan journey ends at the country's northern-most peninsula. Here Peter fishes with Sri Lankan locals for the last time, prepares a distinctive seafood soup known as Jaffna Kool and learns about how the plant symbol of the region, the palmyra palm, yields an array of unusual products. Peter then travels further north to the island of Delft to conclude his Sri Lankan experience with a mud crab feast on the beach as a gesture to a long-standing local family.
24:00

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After thirty years of isolation due to civil war, Peter revisits the northern capital of Jaffna and its diverse people. Here he hires an old Morris Oxford, traversing the city and connecting with monks who make their own pure grape wine, Muslim butchers who consider goat their favourite meal, and Tamil Hindus who invite Peter to join their New Year celebrations.
25:05

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The beaches of Sri Lanka's east coast are popular tourist destinations for surfers, swimmers and sunset beach strollers, however Peter investigates lesser-known charms beyond the surf and sand. Led on a bush food safari through Yala National Park, he learns how to find lotus in the mud lakes and yams in the jungle. Peter then works his way north from pristine Arugam Bay to the harbour of Trincomalee, a journey only recently deemed safe to travel after decades of civil war in the area.
24:40

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Galle is home to a Dutch fort, built at the height of the medieval spice trade when traders considered it the centre of the world. What remains today in the city is a rich amalgamation of cultural influences. Peter pulls in fishing nets with locals on the beach before meeting an old friend, Juliet Coombe, in the city, exploring its streets and food stalls, which have been informed by centuries of social diversity.
23:13

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Fishermen from Sri Lanka's south coast fish in the surf perched high on stick mounts embedded in the sand beneath the waves. Peter learns the technique and manages to catch a few herring while teetering precariously on his borrowed post. From fresh seafood to fresh vegetables, Peter explores the nearby market in Hambantota before catching some waves with a couple of Sri Lanka’s few resident surfers.
24:06

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Peter joins a multi-faith pilgrimage to Kataragama temple and along the way learns how to make the jelly sweet, dodol, which in Sri Lanka is prepared exclusively by specialist cooks. Keen to continue learning from those who know Sri Lankan cuisine best, Peter enlists some local help to end his twenty-year pursuit of the perfect 'hopper' recipe. He also produces a dessert made with buffalo curd and delivers the treat to orphans at the Maha'ara Buddhist School.
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The production of tea and cinnamon are two incredibly labour-intensive processes, to this day still harvested largely by hand. Sri Lanka boasts a fine history with its distinguished tea fields and also produces the majority of the world's cinnamon supply. Peter travels to the hill country, home to these industries. Here he cooks with and learns from the people who deliver the world such flavours.
23:39

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The Sri Lankan city of Kandy was once occupied by the last of the Sinhala kings. The location is revered by numerous ancient religions and home to the honoured Buddhist Temple of the Tooth. Peter stops by a nearby spice plantation on his way into the city, tasting fresh cocoa and cooking with peppercorns straight from the tree. Once inside Kandy, Peter tries his hand at cooking popular street food such as hoppers and kothu roti.
January 2017
24:40

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Peter Kuruvita retraces an old Sri Lankan family holiday route inland from Colombo to what he considers the eighth wonder of the world: the ancient palace fort ruins of Sigiriya. On a mountaintop opposite the ruins, Peter prepares a historic royal curry transcribed from a palm leaf before descending to nearby farmlands. There he cooks a curry for the farmers with the popular Sri Lankan vegetable, manioca. (Commissioned by SBS, in English and Sinhalese) (Food Series) (Rpt) G CC
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Chef Peter Kuruvita takes a journey through the unique food, colourful culture and rich history of Sri Lanka. On his return to Sri Lanka, Peter is overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood home, Colombo. Once there, Peter reconnects with his childhood nanny and together they cook in the bustle of Colombo's largest market, Pettah. Celebrations for the Kelaniya Perahera then take over as thousands of Buddhist worshippers line the streets. (Commissioned by SBS, in English and S...
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