Showing posts with label Sri. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sri. Show all posts

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Thumba Kariwila Curry-(Spiny Gourd)

Thumba Kariwila Curry

Do you cook this Bitter gourd type? We call it as ‘Thumba Kariwila’ in Sri Lanka. However, what we found in Sri Lanka is smaller in size. Sometimes we find this vegetable in Little India –Singapore, those are little bit bigger than the ones we find in Sri Lanka.I cook it with tomato and coconut milk. It is good in taste and well goes with plain rice and other sides.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Watalappan -A Sri Lankan Dessert

Watalappan -A Sri Lankan Dessert

Watalappan is an easy, sweet dessert from Sri Lanka. It is one of the most popular desserts and has become one of the must have desserts in any special occasion including a wedding. Anyway, once searching for details, I found that this dessert has a Malay origin and the Sri Lankan Malay community calls it as ‘Sirikaya’.Kaya is something familiar for me here in Singapore. I’ve tried kaya toast which is toasted bread with kaya jam. So far I didn’t check what kaya is or how to make it. Interestingly, kaya is a jam made of coconut and egg. This watalappan pudding is also a result of coconut and egg steamed with jaggery.Sometimes it is interesting to know a bit of the history of food,isn't it?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Aluwa -A Sri Lankan Traditional Sweet

Aluwa -A Sri Lankan Traditional Sweet

We Sri Lankans celebrate New year in April. It is the time that all traditional sweets get more attention in New year table. Today I made Aluwa, a Sri Lankan traditional sweet make with rice flour. Usually Aluwa is delicious when it is cooked with treacle. In this recipe, I used sugar. Still it is good in taste. I have a plan to share some traditional Sri Lankan sweets for this New year. So,I will post another with coconut treacle if I get time to make Aluwa.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Pumpkin Curry with Mustard Paste

Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry with Mustard Paste

Here is another Sri Lankan style pumpkin curry. During my December holiday in Sri Lanka, my SIL’s mother cooked this pumpkin curry and it was really delicious. Actually it is another different taste and I asked her how she cooked. This is really simple and no much work to do. If you check this Mild spicy pumpkin curry or pumpkin kalu pol, you will see that the recipe require some ground coconut paste. In this recipe, we do not use grated coconut. Instead, we add mustard seeds paste.She simply cooked pumpkin with Sri Lankan raw curry powder and other spices.Finally added the mustard paste.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Deviled Cauliflower

Deviled Cauliflower

We like Cauliflower in our daily cooking. But, I don’t like to cook Cauliflower as a curry always. I tried it as a spicy appetizer and came out very well. Actually I used Sri Lankan style Chicken devil recipe and substituted cauliflower instead of chicken. Also did some changes to spices. Final outcome was really good.
On the other way, Cauliflower is a vegetable which is good to add into regular diet because of its health benefits. Do you know, it is a very good source of vitamin C? I never thought! But found while reading some articles on Cauliflower healthy benefits and amazed to see it is a rich source for vitamin B & C.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Caramel Pudding-Sri Lankan Style

Caramel Pudding-Sri Lankan Style
Caramel Pudding-Sri Lankan Style

Caramel Pudding is a very popular dessert in Sri Lanka. But, it is not purely Sri Lankan. This is an easy dessert popular among most people around the world. Even it has different names like cream Caramel, Caramel Flan, Custard Pudding or Caramel Pudding. I’ve seen a lot of recipes for Caramel Pudding. Most recipes require 5 eggs for the same ingredients and quantities. However, I used only 3 eggs, also I didn’t use water. For the custard, I added sugar, you can remove it if it is too sweet. Anyway I am not a big fan of sweet treats. Still I didn’t feel this pudding is too sweet. I really don’t like to try desserts when I feel that I have to wash a lot of utensils or when I am unsure of achieving the best appearance and taste. For the below recipe, I am sure even a kid can achieve a good tasting Caramel Pudding without much effort.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Konda Kavum recipe from Aunty Gunawathie

Konda Kavum recipe
Konda Kavum

Konda Kavum is one of the most popular traditional sweets from Sri Lanka. It needs some skill to cook konda kavum ,specially to cook Konda Kavum with a nice shape. This oil cake/kavum has a top part and it is said ‘konda’ (in Sinhala,konda means hair and this top part is similar to a bun of hair). Frankly, I am not very good with Sri Lankan traditional sweets. So far, I have tried Kokis and Mung Kavum , I could cook them better. Now I want to learn how to cook Konda Kavum. Wait, I have a plan to cook Konda Kavum for the New Year on April. We Sri Lankans celebrate New Year in April. Mostly it falls around 12-15 of April each year and this is a festival we enjoy much. All the traditional dishes get highest place on festive tables and Konda Kavum is one of those sweets.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Sri Lankan Cauliflower Curry (Mild Spicy)

Sri Lankan Cauliflower Curry (Mild Spicy)

Cauliflower curry is popular at my home and I cook it frequently. Anyway I use few different methods to cook Cauliflower and this is one of the methods. In this cauliflower curry I use green chili and therefore the curry is not much spicy. Also appearance is yellowish with the creamy appearance of coconut milk.I don’t use thin coconut milk as of many Sri Lankan recipes, instead I cook this curry in thick coconut milk till the gravy becomes dry.
This curry well goes with rice or even with roti. Try this curry, also don’t forget to check this Cauliflower curry, which is bit spicy.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Snake Gourd with Dhal Curry /Pathola Curry

Snake Gourd with Dhal Curry /Pathola Curry

I always cook Snake gourd without mixing any other veggie or legume. This time I tried snake gourd with dhal. Actually I saw many Indian recipes which cook snake gourd and dhal together and thought of give it a try.Anyway,I changed the Indian recipe to a Sri Lankan version. I added coconut milk and even spices are as per Sri Lankan cooking. This combination is really good and the curry came out well.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Sri Lankan Milk Toffee

Sri Lankan Milk Toffee
Milk Toffee (Kiri Toffee) is one of the Sri Lankan Sweets which is delicious and easy to cook. Anyway, I am not a big fan of sweet treats, so I am very lazy to cook those at home. With milk toffee, one of the big difficulties is to stir it until it is set and leave off from the fire when it reaches the correct consistency. Anyway as I remember, my mother used to make this for any special occasion without much complain.This time when she visited me, I proposed her to make Milk Toffee and this is what we did.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

How to make a Cup of Tea

January is Hot Tea month .Most of the tea lovers all over the world enjoy different types of teas and tea parties during this month. As a tea lover, I can’t stay away from posting about tea. During this month which encourages to enjoy a cup of tea in a relaxing mood, I thought of introducing Ceylon tea.
Sri Lanka was formerly known as Ceylon and its Black tea is still known as Ceylon Tea. Ceylon Tea is known as finest black tea for its quality and it is still an important business to the country. The ideal climate for the growth of tea together with plucking methods and traditions of preparing tea, Ceylon tea keeps its quality among the other Black teas of the world. Therefore it is popular as the best tea of the world making almost all the tea consuming countries to import this tea.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

My Holiday in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Flowers
Happy New Year 2014!
I am almost delay with my greetings for a new year,anyway this is going to be my 1st post for this new year.Hope you all enjoyed the new year day.We were in Sri Lanka from last December and enjoyed a holiday of more than 1 month.This time,with our newborn,we couldnt visit much places,but manage to have few visits to some of ancient sites of Sri Lanka.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Kathurumurunga Leaves with Prawns

Kathurumurunga Leaves with Prawns

Kathurumurunga leaves (Sesbania grandiflora,Agati Leaves) are one of favourite greens at our home. I have a habit of cooking greens much frequently with other Sri Lankan dishes. This leaves has a bit bitter taste, but it goes well in a meal once served with other curries and plain rice.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Popular Chinese Dishes in Sri Lanka

Chinese dishes are popular among Sri Lankans.Here I gathered few popular recipes in Sri Lanka,namely Fried Rice,Chicken deviled,Vegetable Chop suey,Chili paste and Chinese Kankun stirfry.
Here are the recipes.
1)Chinese Fried Rice
Chinese Fried Rice is well popular among Sri Lankans,instead of seafood,try it with chicken,egg or vegetables for a different taste.

Chinese Fried Rice

Friday, 6 December 2013

Polos Curry with Grated Coconut

Polos Curry with Grated Coconut(baby jackfruit)

Polos Curry recipe again? yes,you heard it right,but this recipe is bit different from my previous Polos Recipe(Aka Polos ambula).Here I used toasted fresh coconut,so the gravy of the curry is rich and creamy.As a typical Sri Lankans, we are big fans of Polos curry(baby jackfruit curry). 
I found this recipe from my mom during her visit to Singapore last month.When she was cooking,she toasted some coconut and added it to the curry.Her curry looked a bit darker than mine because she toasted coconut until dark brown,but still tasted much!Anyway,I toasted slightly and wanted a brownish appearance in my Polos curry.When you cook,you can decide the colour and remember,don't over toast and burn coconut!!!
In Sri Lanka we can easily find jackfruit in any form,the baby one to mature or ripen fruit.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Kathurumurunga Kola Mallum/Agati Leaves in Grated Coconut

Kathurumurunga Kola Mallum/Agati Leaves in Grated Coconut

Kola Mallum is one of popular ways to eat leafy greens. A Sri Lankan meal is not completed if there is no any green dish added. Kathurumurunga leaves (Sesbania grandiflora,Agati Leaves) is one of healthy green found in Sri Lanka and here is how it can be cooked as a mallum.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Spicy Sri Lankan Fish Curry (Malu Mirisata)

Spicy Sri Lankan Fish Curry (Malu Mirisata)

Yesterday I cooked a Spicy Sri Lankan Fish Curry  (Malu Mirisata) and thought of sharing it today!Surprise!!Usually I take a long time to upload pics and write a blog post.Still there are lot of recipes and photos waiting in a folder which I cooked and captured early this year. :) 
Anyway,as Sri Lanka is an island,we consume plenty of fish and seafood.There are different methods to cook fish as a curry and I have shared some recipes before in this post Fish Curry and in this post Sri Lankan style fish curry.
If you check this Ambul Thiyal recipe,it is one of the best Fish Recipes from Sri Lanka!! 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Drumstick Curry with Grated Coconut

Drumstick Curry with Grated Coconut (Sri Lankan Recipes)
Drumstick Curry (Sri Lankan Recipes)

Drumstick Curry (Murunga Curry) I shared earlier is a simple Sri Lankan Curry recipe in thick coconut cream.In this recipe,I reduced the amount of thick coconut milk and instead added some thin grated coconut.Addition of grated coconut gave a rich and thick gravy which made this curry so special.
I hope you will enjoy this version of Drumstick curry (Murunga curry) in a Sri Lankan meal!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Sri Lankan winged bean stir fry (Dambala Thel Dala )

Sri Lankan winged bean stir fry (Dambala Thel Dala )

Sri Lankan recipe-Dambala Thel Dala
winged bean stir fry

Winged Beans (Dambala) are a protein packed vegetable which I always like to use in my dishes.Other than Protein,it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Do you know, it is even rich with calcium? This is also known as four angled beans.In Sri Lanka,we even consume the leaves of this plant.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Drumstick leaves stir fry (Murunga Kola Mallun)

Drumstick leaves stir fry (Murunga Kola Mallun)
Drumstick Leaves stir fry (kola mallun)
In Sri Lanka we eat drumstick.(murunga).But I have never eaten the leaves of it when I was in my home country. Even I have not seen this leaves as a popular food in Sri Lanka. May be I don’t know. But once we came to Singapore, I saw drumstick leaves in wet markets. Usually a Sri Lankan menu is not completed if there is no dish with greens. Since we couldn’t find the types of greens we cooked in Sri Lanka, we started to try different leaves found here. In this way, drumstick leaves were added to our shopping list.


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