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The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Sri Lankan

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Paripoo (Yellow Dal Curry), Pol Sambol, Appas (Hoppers), Aria

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The Duo's Ethnic Exploration: Sri Lankan

Some serendipity was involved with this month’s Ethnic Exploration. As Chrystal and I were planning out our EEs for the rest of the year, we were tapped by someone on Twitter out of the blue. A man named Tim, the founder and owner of White Lion Imports, hit us up to see if we’d be interested in trying out a Sri Lankan spirit he just started distributing in the U.S. It’s no secret that the Duo loves a libation. Always down to try something new, we decided to give it a go. As the three of us chatted further, though, it became clear that we should collaborate on a culinary exploration of Sri Lankan cuisine. For the first time, we’d have an expert at our disposal, serving as a direct liaison into this new food world on which we were about to embark. Off we go!

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The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Colombian

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Carne Asada Sobre Arepas de Queso, Spicy Pimento Chimichurri, Lentejas de Elvira

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Carne Asada Arepas & Lentejas - The Duo Dishes

This month’s Ethnic Exploration takes us back to South America. While we were in the full throws of planning and executing April’s Polish Ethnic Exploration, I stumbled upon an article in the Kitchen Daily section of the Huffington Post that heralded the arepa. Crispy, golden brown on the outside and soft, airy on the inside, the article described an arepa as a “golden, thick goody” that’s a “cross between a tortilla and a pita.” What’s more, these small delights are generally stuffed or topped with anything from cheese, your choice of meat or veggies, even a savory sauce. Of course, in true Huffington Post fashion, a slideshow of breathtaking photos concluded the piece, offering great ideas on potential arepa stuffings. Well, I couldn’t even make it pass the first image before I sent an excited email to Chrystal: “I know what our next EE is going to be. We’re going to make arepas!”

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The Lifesaving Side Dish

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Tomato, Mango and Onion Chutney

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Tomato and Mango Chutney-The Duo Dishes

Let’s talk about ugly food for a little bit. We eat with our eyes, and we all know that. When food looks good, you want to eat it. Bright, luscious colors attract the eye, which probably makes your mouth water, and then you find your fork moving in that direction. When the food is just an image on a screen, it really has to look pretty, or you might not find any interest. Well please, please, please don’t turn away just because you see a brown patty above. Today’s recipe is not even about the brown patty, which was a lentil cake gone wrong. The recipe you need to know is actually for the chutney sitting atop the lentil cake–the chutney that saved this ugly lentil cake actually. Let’s focus on that one, shall we?

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