Gallery: Market Tours: Lanka Grocery, Staten Island's Destination Sri Lankan Market

Cinnamon
Cinnamon
The requisite cinnamon shot. It is a Sri Lankan grocery, after all!
Rice
Rice
You'll many kinds of rice of Lanka, in huge quantities.
Powdered milk
Powdered milk
Sri Lankans generally opt for powdered milk over fresh in their tea, and Lanka grocery stocks most available brands.
Jaggery
Jaggery
Jaggery is unrefined whole cane sugar, and it's used mostly to sweeten Sri Lankan tea.
Curry
Curry
Among the spices you'll find both roasted and unroasted curry. "The roasted curry, this is for meats," noted Jaawan. "The unroasted curry powder, that is for vegetables."
Ambrella
Ambrella
Ambrella fruit is another common ingredient in Sri Lankan cooking. You can eat it fresh, or turn it into curry.
Bitter gourds
Bitter gourds
Bitter gourds are, according to Jawaan, good for diabetics. It's commonly consumed as a tea in the mornings, "helps the sugar go down."
Veggies
Veggies
Lanka grocery stocks some unusual-to-the-US vegetables, including Chinese eggplant, pictured here.
Pickles
Pickles
Jawaan's favorite pickles to accompany Sri Lankan dishes are these mixed pickles which include both vegetables and some fruits.
Masoor dal
Masoor dal
The wall of pulses is a colorful sight to behold.
Fish
Fish
Lanka Grocery carries an extensive selection of dried fish, a common ingredient in Sri Lankan cooking.
Atta flour
Atta flour
At Lanka you'll find several specialty flours, including sacks of atta flour, used for chapatis and other flatbreads.
String hopper flour
String hopper flour
Another specialty flour is for string hoppers, steamed nests of rice noodles served with a range of sauces.
Homemade lassis
Homemade lassis
Jawaan stocks large tins of sweetened mango pulp (and even larger tubs of yogurt in the fridge) for making mango lassis at home. "At the restaurant next door, a tall glass is like $4 dollars. This makes you four or five glasses for $2!" he laughed.
Frozen delicacies
Frozen delicacies
In the freezer you'll find some traditional Sri Lankan foods, like pittu
Fun Sundays
Fun Sundays
Jawaan explaining to National Managing Editor Erin how to cook one of the various things she's considering.