Sunday, August 12, 2001

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Savor Sri Lankan for a change

        Question: I love Indian food, but I'm looking for something a little different. Suggestions?

        Answer: Anyone who loves ethnic food ought to make a special point of coming downtown to Aralia.

        This tiny restaurant specializes in the food of Sri Lanka, the island country south of India, so the food is similar to Indian. But owner-chef Triset De Fonseka's creations are more home-style, featuring lots of fresh vegetables and vibrant colors.

        I had a lunch there recently that consisted of orange sweet potatoes and bright green just-wilted spinach in a light curry, with yellow dal, basmati rice and bright red ginger chutney. It was not only delicious and healthy, but beautiful.

        By the way, Mrs. De Fonseka's latest cookbook, Easy Vegetarian Cooking with Herbs and Spices ($24.95) is on sale at the restaurant. 815 Elm St.; 723-1217.

       Send questions to dining critic Polly Campbell by fax: 768-8330; e-mail:


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