Koluu’s ‘Spice it up!’ hits the shelves

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By Sarah Hannan Tuesday, 15 October saw a gala launch event for ‘Spice it up!’ where Sri Lanka’s food critiques, loyal clients of Koluu and well wishers gathered at the Park Street Mews for an afternoon filled with fun and of course food. Koluu, a celebrity chef, host of cookery shows, press columnist and producer of grand cabaret performances introduced a handy mix of spices and seasoning packed in an attractively branded pack bringing comforting news to the working professionals who just cannot find the time to prepare delicious meals using fresh ingredients. The range of spices and seasoning includes 17 variants featuring the all-time favourites such as fish mustard curry, ambul thiyal, mutton pol kiri badduma, pork kalu pol curry, chicken red curry and beef pepper curry; bringing out the true flavours of Sri Lankan culinary delights. Being a well travelled chef with a broader understanding of food, Koluu has won much recognition among his patrons who revere his preparations; particularly the black pork curry. Adding to his many achievements in the catering industry he was the first Sri Lankan chef to be invited to the annual event held at the Culinary Institute of America, providing the American audience their very first spicy taste of Sri Lankan cuisine. The range is developed in partnership with ‘Rich Brand’, adhering to strict standards of consistent quality and using modern packaging and optimised grinding equipment to cut down waste. The ingredients that go in to the ‘Spice it up!’ range are harvested from Matara, Kandy and Matale districts adding a sense of sustainability to the agri-economy of Sri Lanka whilst empowering the local spice cultivators. The range is certified by ISO 22000 ensuring the consumer the quality standards of the products under Spice it up! Sharing his thoughts on the range Koluu said: “The constant moaning from the kitchens has been heard and ‘Spice it up!’ will remove the hassle. The range of products was perfected by drawing up recipes for each dish. Initially the mix was decided to be a paste but while working with ‘Rich Brand’ we improved it to a powdered mix. You only have to follow the simple instructions given at the back of the pack saving the time of peeling, chopping, grinding ingredients to prepare your favourite Sri Lankan rice and curry.” The products will be made available at leading supermarket chains and gourmet outlets. For more information on the products visit www.spiceitup.lk.