Sri Lankan food is rich with different type of recipes and influenced by many other Asian foods. Chinese dishes take a great place. This is one of the Sri Lankan recipes influenced by Chinese cuisine. However, now this is purely Sri Lankan although these Chinese rolls have its roots to Spring rolls, which is a popular Chinese food.
Monday, 25 August 2014
Monday, 4 August 2014
This is one of the popular dishes at our home.In Sri Lanka we consume dried fish and it is easily available to buy. This dried fish stir fry is really good with coconut sambol and other curries together with plain rice.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
This is one of the easy Potato curry recipes from Sri Lanka. Also known as ‘Ala hodi kirata’ or ‘Ala Kiri Hodi’.I usually like to cook this mild spicy potato curry with string hoppers as it is a perfect combination. I use green chilies for this curry and avoid curry powder, therefore the curry looks yellowish and tastes milkfish. On the other way, due to adding pre boiled potatoes, the gravy is creamy and thick.
Monday, 14 July 2014
|Sri Lankan Carrot Curry /carrot kirata|
Do you like carrot? Of course, I like. However, usually I like to include carrot in a salad. But sometimes, I cook it as a curry. So, today recipe is a Sri Lankan carrot curry (aka Carrot kirata). In this curry, I cooked carrot with thick coconut milk using green chili. Therefore, the curry has a vibrant orange colour, which I really like. This curry is not so spicy due to addition of green chili instead of red chili powder. The way of cooking is really easy and good to prepare if you are in a hurry.
Monday, 7 July 2014
This is a simple and easy Beetroot curry from Sri Lanka.I cook beetroot in this method when I am in a hurry to cook. When it is cooked in thick coconut milk as a dry curry, it tastes much and well goes with plain rice. I really like to add the leaves of the beet to the curry. But most of the time I can’t find beetroots with the leaves.
Monday, 30 June 2014
I usually add salads to our meal simply because; it is fresh, easy and healthy. Sometimes I add hard boiled eggs too. In this egg salad, I added hard boiled eggs to a tomato, onion and green chili mix.It was fine.Just keep in mind to not to overcook the eggs. Once overcooked, the yolk looks darker and tastes different. It is not appealing too.
When I want to hard boil eggs, I simply use the steamer part of the Rice Cooker and steam it when I cook rice. Once rice is cooked, I remove the steamer from the rice cooker and rinse the eggs under cool water. In this way I prevent eggs from overcooking.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Pol Sambola is one of the must try foods in Sri Lanka. It is spicy but well goes with many of Sri Lankan food. Actually it is a coconut relish prepared with chili and onion which is really easy to make in a modern kitchen. Just add everything in to an electric blender & grind till smooth! But, still,I like the traditional style of preparing of Pol Sambola. Even in a modern Sri Lankan kitchen, we have most of Sri Lankan traditional cooking equipment such as Grinding stone and mortar & Pestle.
Monday, 16 June 2014
Banana peppers are one of our favourite vegetables. In Sri Lanka, we can easily buy Banana Peppers(aka Malu Miris),but here in Singapore, we always visit Little India to buy this capsicum type.I really like it as it adds some spicy taste to the meal making it real Sri Lankan.I cook it in different ways. Please check this stuffed Malu Miris, Tuna with Malu Miris and chicken with malu miris for some other similar recipes.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
In Sri Lankan cuisine,Pol Roti (Coconut Roti) plays an important role as an easy breakfast recipe. Even this is good for dinner. Earlier I shared the traditional Sri Lankan recipe for pol roti with step by step pictures. Please check that post for the step by step photos on how to make Sri Lankan Pol roti.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
I was on a holiday in Sri Lanka. It was a sudden arrangement and even I didn’t get time to arrange few blog posts. Anyway, still I couldn’t share the memories from our December visit to Sri Lanka. We had a holiday in Sri Lanka during last December too. It was a nice time and we could visit few places while enjoying time with family and friends. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country to travel and there are lots of places to visit. Specialy, historical and ancient places together with theme parks, sandy beaches and rain forests. There are lots of foods to try in Sri Lanka from fresh fruits to rice and curry to snacks.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
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 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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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.