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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