Each rice packet/plate can be accompanied by four veg curries, and comes with fried red chillies and papadums.
Priced at a whopping Rs. 510, we got the Mutton Rice & Curry with dambala (winged beans) curry, polos (young jackfruit) curry, kiri ala (taro) curry and some cabbage leaves mallum.
All of the curries were prepared excellently. Well curried up with a tinge of sourness, the polos curry was particularly good. There were a couple of boney, gristly bits in the mutton curry, but taste-wise, it was incredible.
The kiri ala and dambala curries helped to dial down the spiciness of the above two, by adding a milky note, while the mallum gave a fresh crunch.
We served ourselves a Prawn Rice & Curry (Rs. 400) with dal curry, tempered ash plantain, kos mallum and tempered long beans.
Nelum Kole doesn't crowd your plate with a heap of rice, which is something I really appreciate. Instead, they offer generous helpings of curries.
The prawn curry was spicy, and had some fat, juicy, plump-y prawns. I loved the addition of red chillies in the kos mallum, as it made the whole thing extra savoury.
The tempered ash plantains at the Nelum Kole is a must try, if you wish to have some sweet and spicy kick. The tempered long beans were good as well.
We would've preferred a little more curry taste in the dal curry though, as it was kinda too milky.
Priced at Rs. 320, this portion of Pork curry didn't quite live up to our expectations. It had been infused with a good amount of spices for sure, but it was full of fatty bits, and just a few meaty pieces. Plus, the potion was quite tiny.
It's a well-kept eatery, with rustic decor, earthy walls and a thatched roof, which adds up to the local village home-like vibe. The rice & curry spread is now covered with plastic shields, and the staff was geared up with face masks.
Nelum Kole is still growing strong! We're not too happy about the increased prices, but they still do a solid job at crafting up some delicious rice & curry plates.
The good old Nelum Kole is still growing strong.
If you find yourself in Boralesgamuwa and craving lunch, Nelum Kole is a convenient, cost-effective and frill-free option.
සිංහල ‘නෙළුම් කොළේ එතන තියාලා…’ ටිකිරි මැණිකෙ.. නම් නෙවෙයි, ෆුඩ් ඩිලිවරි එකෙන් ‘ඇඹුල ගේනවා.. ආ.. ආ.. ආ...’
It's near the Boralesgamuwa Lake. You can take High Level Road to Maharagama and loop back around, or take the 120 bus road and turn onto the Maharagama Road. Go till you get to the Lake and turn down a little lane near the end. Look at the map.