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Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Kandy: Traditional Houses: Photo 9

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One of those chores was grinding grain--not rice, but the companion staple korukkan, or finger millet.  This crop was the sole staple in Sri Lanka before the arrival of rice, and it continued thereafter to be the chief crop grown in chenas, or patches of shifting cultivation.  It continues to be grown today but is such a popular food, prepared in many ways after being milled to flour, that Sri Lanka now imports much of it from India.

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