1 large onion cut finely by hand (do not use food processor)
2 Tbs red chili powder (or to taste)
1 Tbs red chili flakes
1 Tbs coarsely ground Maldive Fish (optional)
salt to taste
1-2 tsp lime juice (or to taste) - lemon juice can be substituted.
Note: You can use red, yellow or white onion in this dish.
Finely dice onion. Add all ingredients and use a mortar and pestle to smash the ingredients down. If you do not have a mortar and pestle handy, put in a shatter proof bowl and gently pound with a heavy bottom bottle. Pounding the ingredients helps develop the flavor so this is a must. Taste for salt and lime juice and adjust as needed. Serve with bread and butter or with a variety of Sri Lankan dishes. Enjoy.
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