The Kalu Pol Chicken Curry.
by Rethika Bastians, and Thuvaaragan Kirithiran
Get ready to dive into the mouthwatering world of spicy, smokey, savoury Kalu Pol chicken at Headquarters by W15.
Kalu Pol Chicken curry is a dish as rich in flavour as it is in history. Originating from the vibrant landscapes of Sri Lanka, this culinary gem is known for its deep, black hue and bold taste. "Kalu Pol" essentially translates to "black coconut," capturing the essence of the roasted coconut used in crafting the curry paste.
Centuries in a Bite
Picture this: a mouthwatering blend of chicken, spices, and coconut milk, all simmered perfectly in the savoury Kalu Pol paste. Its roots trace back the centuries along the ancient spice trade route that shaped Sri Lankan cuisine. The infusion of spices, a hallmark of Kalu Pol curry, adds a delightful complexity to every bite.
Sri Lanka's tropical climate lends itself to thriving coconut trees, infusing the dish with a unique touch. The availability of coconut milk and the smoky flavour of roasted coconut became signature elements. Early preparations involved grinding spices with stone mortars and roasting coconut over open fires, imparting earthy, rustic flavours to the curry.
Fast forward to today, and Kalu Pol Chicken curry has evolved within families, each generation adding its own twist. Whether it's different chicken cuts, added veggies, or adjustments to spice levels, the dish has become a beloved staple across Sri Lanka.
Cooking Up Love Headquarters style
At the Headquarters by W15, we bring this culinary heritage to life, crafting our Kalu Pol chicken curry from scratch with the freshest ingredients, a labour of love.
We start by tossing a blend of coconut, rice, aromatics, and spices into a wok and heating it until it's dry. After blending it into a powder, we generously coat the chicken with our special Kalu Pol mix. We sauté more aromatics and vegetables in a pan, adding in the marinated chicken. Let it mingle on low heat, covered with water until the gravy thickens. Simmer it until the chicken's perfectly cooked. Voilà is a mouthwatering, flavorful curry served with your choice of starch–steamed rice or our signature Karapincha Roast Pan.
It's not just a dish; it's a taste of tradition, crafted with passion and served with a side of comfort.
So, there you have it – the Kalu Pol Chicken at the Headquarters by W15. It's not just a dish; it's a flavour-packed adventure. Our chefs put their heart and soul into this one, using the freshest stuff. Join us for a taste of Sri Lanka that's all about good vibes and great eats.
Rethika BastiansContent Writer
An International Business Management graduate, currently a content writer for Steradian Capital Investments after a stint as a content creator. With a background in creating content for various industries, including FMCG, supermarkets and real estate, she enjoys reading and drawing in her free time.
Professional photographer who specializes in travel, people, editorial, real estate and interior photography, with a further focus on branding and art direction. He also has a passion for wildlife and fashion photography. He is currently the in-house photographer for The W15 Collection and Steradian Capital Investments (Pvt) Ltd and a member of the Jaffna Photography Society.
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