This is a very famous Sri Lankan dish which is served along with many meals like rice, string hoppers, bread etc. It is a simple yet tastier dish made out of very few ingredients that can be found easily in Sri Lankan cuisine. This simple dish contains all basic tastes like sweet, sour and salt because of the ingredients used. Scrapped coconut, dried chilies, chopped onions, lime and salt are the main ingredients.
The traditional method of preparing it involves grinding dried chilies (using a grinding stone or grinding machine) and then adding scrapped coconut and grinding them all together. Salt and lime are added to the taste. Rather than grinding chilies, chili powder is used instead as an easy method. Pol sambol takes shades of red color, usually in orange color. It depends on the amount of chilies used. Some Maldives fish or chopped onion leaves could also be added in order to make it tastier, colorful and nutritious.
Once all the tastes are mixed altogether, there is no other dish that could beat the unique taste of Pol Sambol. It takes only few minutes to prepare a Pol Sambol and it can be served along with rice without any other dish. It well suits for a breakfast. There is another variant of Pol Sambol, where it is fried with small amount of oil and mustard seeds.