Coconut Sambol (Pol Sambola)

Coconut Sambol (Pol Sambola)

""Pol Sambola" as it called by Sri Lankans is one of the most loved dishes in the Island. It's an excellent side dish with rice, string hoppers or with any bread. Spicy ingredients & milky taste from coconut gives this dish a unique and wonderful taste. Just try it once, you'll love it !"

Prep Time

5 Min

Cook Time

7 Min

Ready In

12 Min







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  • 1 Cup Scraped Coconut (fresh)

    • 1 Medium Red Onion (finely chopped)

      • 1 Small Green chili (finely chopped)

        • 3 Clove Garlic (finely chopped)

          • 1 Teaspoon Chili flakes (ground dry)

            • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (to taste)

              • 2 Teaspoon Grated Maldive fish (optional)

                • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice

                  • 1 Small Chopped Tomato (optional)

                    • 1 Teaspoon Black pepper (coarse)


Step 1
It's always good to use a small mortar to grind the ingredients for this dish or you can use a electrical grinder but the authentic taste may vary. Put chopped red onion, green chili, garlic, Chili flakes, grated Maldive fish, chopped Tomato, black pepper into a mortar & crush/grind them until you get a fine texture for about 5 minutes.
Step 2
Then add scrapped coconut into the mortar & crush/grind the mixture for further 7 minutes.
Step 3
Make sure all the scraped coconut & the other ingredients are well mixed. Add lemon salt & lemon juice to the mixture & mix well.
Step 4
It's good to serve with steamed rice or any bread. Serve fresh.


  1. warshani

    you can actually try the dry coconut flakes, its not the same however. what you can do is get a bit of coconut milk and soak the dry coconut flakes in it..when the flakes are soggy, prepare as the recipe instructs.
    make sure the flakes aren’t too large. they have to be close to a powder. try indian stores and vietnamese stores if you want fresh frozen flakes

  2. Julian Davis

    I had this last year during a holiday in Sri Lanka. It’s a lovely dish & we had it with Sri Lankan roti bread. I love this dish even though my girl friend found it bit hot. I’m not sure if I can get scraped coconut here in England, but I’ll give a go. Nice one !

    Cheers, Julian & Rose

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