The requisite cinnamon shot. It is a Sri Lankan grocery, after all!
You'll many kinds of rice of Lanka, in huge quantities.
Sri Lankans generally opt for powdered milk over fresh in their tea, and Lanka grocery stocks most available brands.
Jaggery is unrefined whole cane sugar, and it's used mostly to sweeten Sri Lankan tea.
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 fruit is another common ingredient in Sri Lankan cooking. You can eat it fresh, or turn it into curry.
Bitter gourds are, according to Jawaan, good for diabetics. It's commonly consumed as a tea in the mornings, "helps the sugar go down."
Lanka grocery stocks some unusual-to-the-US vegetables, including Chinese eggplant, pictured here.
Jawaan's favorite pickles to accompany Sri Lankan dishes are these mixed pickles which include both vegetables and some fruits.
The wall of pulses is a colorful sight to behold.
Lanka Grocery carries an extensive selection of dried fish, a common ingredient in Sri Lankan cooking.
At Lanka you'll find several specialty flours, including sacks of atta flour, used for chapatis and other flatbreads.
String hopper flour
Another specialty flour is for string hoppers, steamed nests of rice noodles served with a range of sauces.
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.
In the freezer you'll find some traditional Sri Lankan foods, like pittu
Jawaan explaining to National Managing Editor Erin how to cook one of the various things she's considering.