Lamprais ( lomprijst)

October 31, 2018
Lamprais is a Dutch Burgher-influenced dish, that is very popular in Sri Lanka. Lamprais is derived from the Dutch word lomprijst. It is a packet of specific set of rice and curry that is wrapped up with banana leaf and freshly baked to infuse the banana aroma into the rice. Nothing beats a Lamprais straight out of the oven. 


Click for the recipe. 

Deep fried Ash plantains 
Deep fried boiled eggs
Banana leaves to wrap 


  1. Cook and prepare all the curries mentioned above. Then assemble. (click each curry for the recipe link) 
  2. Wash banana leaves and wipe them. Use scissors to cut banana leaves into the size you need to wrap a food parcel.
  3. Steam or heat* banana leaves to make them pliable. Wipe if there is any moisture. (See notes)
  4. Place enough rice and curry for one serving in the center of the leaf, then fold like a handkerchief to make a square packet. (See step by step pictures)
  5. Bake the parcels in a preheated oven under 200 degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes. Serve hot right from the oven. Enjoy!

  • Banana leaves can be heated by keeping them on direct flame to make them pliable. Do this carefully, do not let it burn. 
  • Boil eggs and deep fry them in hot oil. 
  • In the same oil deep fry the ash plantains by mixing 1/4 salt and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder. 
  • You can make the fish cutlets a day before and refrigerate them without frying. 
  • If your banana leaves are breaking, wrap it up again with aluminium foil and bake them.

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