My pick at the good market colombo

Thursday good market at diyatha uyana water’s edge

Visiting the good market has become one of my favourites. Every time I go there I am amused and I find something new to try. Last thrusday was my 5th visit to the good market.
The good market is an initiative to promote local goods and handmade products. You can find organic vegetables and homemade chutneys. The hand made products range from toys to baskets and everything sri lankan. Have you ever wanted to get a souvenir for your friends and family abroad when you visit sri lanka I recommend you visit the good market before you buy.
They’ve got a good selection of souvenirs ranging from handmade handloom bags, soft toys, caps to carved sculptures and cane products like baskets, hats, plates and bowls made of wood and toys that can be treasured which are colorful and wooden.
They do have a good selection of pottery too. The good market also has a few stalls that sell for a cause and you can purchase from them so that you will be a part of the good help.

When you finished walking around and purchasing you can sit by the aquarium to relax and enjoy the food which you can buy at the stalls which sell all fresh, homemade stuff that some food stalls also have food made with organic ingredients.
There is a range of cuisines like mama Aidas middle eastern food to a few sti lankan food stalls that has a variety of sri lankan food to suit your appetite. The cakes and popsicles at the butter boutique is never to be missed whether you want dessert or not.
The kulfis at butter boutique are so devine with almonds and I should not forget to say that I tried both the kulfi and mint and lemon popsicle as I was so excited to try popsicle in cup shapes after many many years which I can not relate how many years. Its like I went back in time, when I was a kids I remember buying them from a house that sells these type of popsicle for 2 rupees. It was in negombo opposite my grannys house and we the cousin lot used to buy them. Am so delighted to find this yummy goodie after many years. It was a hit on last thrusdays good market for me.

I so enjoy the atmosphere at the waters edge diyatha uyana amidst the long distance travel from colombo 9 to battaramulla. Clicking some photographs for my bloggers I quickly went over to the yummy goodness stall where I was greeted by the nice lady behind the goodies. She makes the chutneys at home and has it neatly and colorfully packed to attract anyone who don’t like chutneys. Her stall was so cute and lovely. I just can’t take my eye off her nice chutney bottle to the small shelf which had four bottles and the long boat shaped tray that had a few fruits on display to explain the visitors what are the fruits used in those chutneys. She does have some good marmalades and jams too.
She quickly figured out I was the one who has been wanting to taste her chutneys for the last two weeks as I’ve text her asking for pricing and told to reserve me a billing and date chutney.
She insisted I try the others too and I wanted to buy a jambo jolly which is made from jambo fruits. Am so amazed at her ideas, she really has got something delicious in those jars. Those small fruits that we ate as achcharu with salt and chillie has now been turned into a chutney by this nice lady. Now we can enjoy them with our lunch or dinner. I recommend this as a good side dish for biriyani.
I sure have to try them all soon :-).

Returning back to the stall that had some sri lankan food yes thats something that need to be mentioned. She was a friendly lady who asked me to try some pickled pollos on display and I loved it. To be honest I’ve never seen or herd of pickled polos before until now. Pickled polos I mentioned, yes, thats something new to the market. Polos oh polos my favourite. I’ve had a sweet polos and we eat polos for lunch as polos curry but she had a variety of polos. Fried polos, polos ambul thiyal, polos mallum, pollos cuttlets, pollos pickle, wow she inspired me. now a vegetarian can enjoy a good meal too.
I should get some pickled polos from her on my next visit.
Okay now are you wondering what is this polos?
Its young jack fruit.
Its a vegetable thats made into a nice curry and served with rice. One of My aunts used to fry the young jack fruit and serve with syrup, she has a tree in from of her house and I remember making nice hats out of the leaves from a jack tree. Those are golden days. Nowadays you can find the young jack fruit dried into tiny slices in a pack which I discovered at the good market. The kithul vendor who sells all things kithul had this small pack for 100/- rupees per 10 grams. This stall is also available at the good market.
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The vendor who goes as jafna palmyrah sells all things made of odiyal tree and I believe odiyal needs a separate post so lets talk about it another time.
Until then have a look at my pictures from Thursday 3rd April 2014 good market at diyatha uyana in battaramulla along waters edge.
Do check the good market website and learn more or find out the schedule,
location and timings incase you wanna visit. Always make sure to visit after checking their main website as time, location and days may vary depending on the situation.
The good market at crescat boulevard araliya car park is no longer available dues to lack of vendors willing to participate on sundays.
The race course good market will be open from april 26th. Its a nice place to shop too.

 

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The good market was a real treat for my eyes with the diyatha uyana good market being the largest with most number of stalls. I wish I got some wooden toys and some pottery and some handloom bags and some handloom soft toys too to decorate my sons cot.
More photos awaiting in line and see you soon.
This is my first time using a dslr camera 🙂
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Turkish food

It was a sunday while I rushed back home from my cake classes. The very last class it was supposed to be and am supposed to get my masters certificate in a week. Sundays are good market day at crescat boulevard araliya car park and I love the good market for its good food and stuff.
I decided to try turkish food on last Sundays good market for a change. Big borek was in my mind when I decided so, having come across the good market Facebook page and knowing that big borek has a kind of pate I’ve never tried I contacted them on whatsapp and asked to reserve 6 pieces for me.
How my conversation started is a funny sort of story.
I dint know much about turkish food except I knew how turkish delights look. I asked the person who sells at big borek the price of those pakoras and The reply was so kind yet informative. Those are turkish lentil pates sold as 2 for150 rupees.
I ordered 6 for me and my family.  My visit to the good market was to buy those lentil pates. I headed over to the big borek which stood amongst the many stalls with a nice spread of turkish food. The nice lady behind this turkish delight was a turkish lady herself and mentioned she was originally from Istanbul.

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She had all her food nicely closed and served all with a care and cleanliness was so vital in her hands.
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When I asked her why she named her stall big borek, she pointed over to her apron smiling while she explained that borek means those pate sort of food in turkey and she believes big is good and nice name so she called it big borek.
This nice lady from turkey bakes and cooks all that she sell by herself.
She also mentioned that she made feta  cheese at home and used it in the pastry that was available for sale. I was impressed and decided to buy a pastry to fill my hungry tummy which was empty with no breakfast due to a rush for  classes early in the morning with only a cup of tea.
The feta and spinach pastry was so tasty and crispy, I loved it and am inspired to try my own pastry recipe soon. Those pastries were called pogca I guess its turkish.

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I also bought a rotti to accompany the lentil pate and some baklava which was also home made and looked good. My dad loved it so much.

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Finally I went home with some nice turkish food and good few words from a nice turkish lady. I forgot to ask her name yet il go back to her stall soon for snack.
She mentioned she does it as a hobby and decided to bring turkish food for the sri lankans as turkish food is something you can not find in sri lanka. I totally agree with her she did save me a flight ticket to turkey by helping me blog about turkish food at the comfort of sri lanka (just kidding):D of course I wanna go visit turkey one day.
Until then let’s explore.
Its travel and foods pictures to follow-
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It was indeed a colourful food tour with bog borek.
When your in sri lanka the next time and feel like going for turkish visit the good man stalls on sunday at crescat boulevard araliya car park, Saturdays at the race course colombo 7 nuga car park or the diyatha uyana at waters edge stalls on Thursday.
For more details head over to the good market facebook page.

So this week was a turkish weekend. Next week there will be something different from.the good market until then it’s bye from mafaza.
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Good market for food

The good market as mentioned in the previous posts is an initiative to promote local goods. Starting off at the diyatha uyana at waters edge and the araliya car park at crescat the good market is now having their stalls at the race course car park. Race course is a nice place with a peaceful atmosphere located in the vicinity of the royal collage colombo and colombo university. A very posh area with less traffic and ideal location for walks and get togethers with family and friends race course has a line up of shops with a lovely car park and seating for those who like to have a McDonald’s lunch or dinner.
The good market is an addition that has made the location even more colorful with those lovely tents and music on the background,  the aroma of the food and colorful goods on display never failed to attract the crowd.
I dropped in at the good market on my way to a birthday party of my close cousin in law with a cake as gift.
walking in looking around at the good market I first went over to “milk and honey” its a shop that serves vegetarian food and had an array of gluten free cakes with kithul jaggery or kithul treacle substituted for sugar on all the sweet goodies. I am a budding baker who is looking for options on baking gluten free and healthy. When I first herd of the milk and honey shop in colombo 7 I was wanting to visit and try some from their menu yet time did not permit and I was so glad and eager to try their sweets at the good market.
I chose the chocolate fudge brownies which was 250 rupees a piece although it was less than 10 dirhams and filled with healthy ingredients I felt it to be a bit expensive counting in sri lankan rupees. I wanted to taste all the sweets they had which was covered and kept while all food was carefully packed with extra care and gloves.
All bags used were biodegradable.
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As I tasted the chocolate fudge brownie I hardly felt any difference as the sales lady explained the brownies contain no wheat or rice flour which makes it gluten free and she also mentioned having used kithul jaggery intead of sugar as a healthy option. I am so happy to have spent 250 rupees on that brownie it was well worth.

My next search was for the achcharu kadeys new addition the kama kadey. Yes I’ve mentioned achcharu kadey on my previous post and they have developed to have two stalls together introducing the kama kadey which sells authentic sri lankan meals. They serve a special ambul thiyal sandwich with pol (coconut) sambol or polos thiyal with pol sambol. I sure need a good separate post to write about ambul thiyal.
In short – Its so delicious and yummy. Some kind of curry that can be prepared and preserved in a jar I sure will upload a post on this very soon.
Until then just have a look at my sandwich and imagine how ambul thiyals would be no matter if its fish or polos all taste good and spicy.
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Yes thats how it looks the smell of kandan leaf and the roast bread is awesome.
The sandwich becomes more authentic because of the Kandan lead wrap.
Am so impressed by this food.
My reason to run over at good market was a big secret.
Memories are so great that sometimes we do things just to experience it, That’s what was my reason.
I remember my mum used to ask dad for boiled cashew nuts wraped in kandan leaves. It tasted so good and you hardly find it nowadays. About 15 years ago it was only 40 rupees I guess but now just a little bit is 250 rupees. I feel that 15 years is a very long time :-).
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I text the kama kadey cum achcharu kadey to reserve me some boiled cashew nuts and I rushed over to get them before they are sold out.
Its served in the same old way with a very small quantity. Its was so soft and chewy. Its always best to taste something after many years. This is how I revisited my memory.
Everyone sure did enjoy the taste of good market food.
A birthday cake post is to follow and until then its good night from mafaza

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Like a Tourist in Colombo- 200th blog post

29th DECEMBER 2013

It’s a couple of days away from the new year 2014 and a time to celebrate my blogs 200th post.
I wanted my 200th blog post to be a memorable one with a bit more of delicacy, organic and colorful with pictures. I Stumbled upon ideas and books and finally got something extraordinary to post and share with my valuable readers and followers.

A day out with my 5 and a half month old son and my two sisters to the good market at the crescat boulevard was my plan. Let me update you on about the good market.
The good market is an initiative to promote local and organic produce of sri lanka. It highlights vendors who have all sorts of food that display lankan trends and ingredients. Most products are all natural, local, organic and some hand made.
My aim was to eat some fresh and raw fruits with salt and chillie at the achcharu kadey stall.

My photo story

At the Good Market

 

 

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Sri lankan handmade products.
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The achcharu kadey

Komala komadu the latest fruit added to the menu at the achcharu kadey.

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imageThe juices that reminds of sri lanka to me.

coming home tired of roaming around for an hour I was greeted with this chocolate and caramel milk made by my brother

It was delicious and better than Cioconut lounges hot caramel.

At the lagoon cinnamon grand

I received the invitation for dinner but I was not in a mood for party yet I decided to join and celebrate the memorable day in my sister in laws life. I took a tuk tuk all the way down to cinnamon grand. The ride was superb. Colombo is even more beautiful at night while the atmosphere was windy and smells of fresh grass when you pass the vihara maha devi park now renovated and reopened.
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The two photo’s between this sentence goes to an inquisitive panda my cousin in law hafsa mazahim.
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The lagoon a seafood restaurant at cinnamon grand with a poolside outdoor seating had such a serene atmosphere.
It was really an unforgettable and romantic dinner. A celebration of 10 years bonding of two good people in a relationship of marriage was the purpose of the dinner. The dinner was hosted by my very own sister in law and her husband. Chatting and giggle over a few glasses and cutlery that lay upon the table while sipping in some lemonade and pepsi or the lankan favourite ginger beer was my bunch of lovely cousins in law. Missing my husband and chatting a few words on whatsapp while cuddling my sleepy son I was so happy to own my new pink shawl (it was so comfortable). The wind from the trees surrounding the dinning area cheers and talking of the customers, waiters moving around serving bunches of very hungry customers, flash light of photographys clicked from all sides of the table made the atmosphere even more enjoyable and casual.
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The Food

While Sipping in some lemonade the starter was served which took me down memory lane. The very delicious batter fried tiny fishes were the starters with an ordinary ketchup exactly the same taste as mount lavinia hotel in colombo.
It took some time for the main course to be served which was freshly prepared while the customers awaited in the kitchen that was also visible through the restaurants inner seating area and partially visible from the outdoor seatings.
The main courses were served just before my son started crying for his main course.
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A dish of sauted prawns and squid was also served with an extra bowl or noodles.
The food was delicious.
The Ambience was perfect.
You can find out more about the good market at https://m.facebook.com/thegoodmarketcolombo

They’ve got some lovely stuff that you might like to check out. If your planning to vacation in sri lanka good market and diyatha uyana is two places you should check in and try.