Banana Leaf in East Orlando spices it up with staples of Sri Lankan cuisine

Sri Lanka’s two main ethnic groups — the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils — have long had a contentious, violent relationship that’s seen civil wars and ethnic cleansing woven into the island nation’s brutal history. Differences in religion, language and politics have driven a wedge between the two, but food, like it so often does, has played a unifying role. Or at least tried to.