In Sri Lanka, Lunu Miris is an essential accompaniment to most meals. It is an extremely spicy fresh (uncooked) condiment whose main ingredient is a handful of dried red chillies or <em>miris</em>. The other significant ingredient <em>lunu</em> (pronounced loo-nu) is small red onions.<br><br>Lunu miris is made by grinding the chillies in a pestle and mortar together with the onions, some salt and a smattering of dried fish (a popular ingredient in Sri Lankan cuisine referred to locally as "Maldive Fish"). The dish is finished off with a healthy squeeze of lime juice.<br><br>A related form is <em>Katta Sambol</em> which is prepared without the onions, making it drier and more potent, consisting as it does of almost entirely of crushed chillies.<br><br>Lunu Miris or Katta Sambol is often served as an accompaniment to the popular trio of Sri Lankan breakfast dishes: Pol Roti (coconut flat bread), Kiributh (rice cooked in milk), and Egg Hoppers (a crispy pancake, optionally with a fried egg). It is also frequently available as an accompaniment to boiled white rice, served invariably at lunch or supper<br><br>The pungent taste of Lunu Miris, which is eaten only in very small quantities, helps to liven up the starchiness of the rice and bread that it accompanies.