Multicultural Sri Lanka has been ranked as the world’s fourth best non-Islamic destination for Halal-friendly travel. Sri Lanka’s ranking is as per a compilation by Halal website Crescentrating which has listed top 10 destinations among Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) as well as non-OIC states. Bosnia and Herzegovina top the latter category followed by Singapore, South Africa and Sri Lanka. In listing Sri Lanka, the website said Sri Lanka’s large Muslim population means Halal restaurants are aplenty in addition to number of Muslim-owned roadside food outlets. Among OIC countries Malaysia ranked top followed by Egypt and Turkey. (Source : sailanmuslim.com)
There are plenty of options to find Halal food in Sri Lanka to indulge in for a visitor there. Due to the large and active muslim community Halal Food in Sri Lanka, is widely available across the island. However only a handful of them have got themselves certified as Halal by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), which is the main Halal Certifiying body in Sri Lanka.
Currently the Halal certified outlets are mainly fast food chains. There are also a number restaurants which assure that they serve Halal food, although they have no certfication. Most of them are Muslim owned. It is advisable to check with locals before you select such a restaurant to dine.
Apart from the fast food chains and the fine-dining restaurants, there a quite a number of roadside food outlets which are Muslim owned and serve "Halal Food". These outlets will generally have a Muslim name and have signage to refelect that. They are not upmarket restaurants, but some of them probably serve some of the best local cuisine in Sri Lanka.
Being a majority Buddhist country, there is also a wide selection of vegetarian food outlets all across the island.
The locals mainly have rice with vegetable and meat/fish curries. The local food is generally spicy, but some of the restaurants catering to the visitors to Sri Lanka, do serve milder versions of Sri Lankan Cuisine.
There are also a variety of snacks known locally as "Short eats". They are generally sold in bakeries or coffee shops. Most of them do not have a Halal certificate. Although most of them do not serve pork based "short eats", it is good to check with local Muslims where to buy Halal ones. They are great snacks to have as starters or with tea or coffee. They also have a range of sweets made from rice flour and coconut milk.