Showing posts with label sri lanka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sri lanka. Show all posts

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Can you Scrape Coconut for a Competition?

Can you Scrape Coconut for a Competition?These ladies can and they are from Sri Lanka!



Do you use coconut milk for your cooking? In Sri Lanka, most of our cooking is associated with coconut milk.We also use coconut oil and grated coconut. Usually we get coconut milk by scraping coconut. This freshly squeezed coconut milk is always delicious and that adds good aroma and taste for the Sri Lankan dishes.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Tofu Roti - A New Face to Sri Lankan Pol Roti



Tofu Roti - A New Face to Sri Lankan Pol Roti
Tofu Roti - A New Face to Sri Lankan Pol Roti


Tofu is a soy product which is often used as an alternative for meat specially by vegetarians. However considering the benefits of tofu, it is not only a favourite vegetarian food, but it is heavily consumed by most of the non-vegetarians too.

I tried tofu in different recipes, specially to get some Sri Lankan taste. Once I tried tofu in a curry and another time I used tofu in a salad. However, with its soft texture, finally I decided to try a recipe hiding tofu inside the ingredients. This tofu roti is a result of it.

Friday, 23 January 2015

How to Make Chili Powder

How to Make Chili Powder
Homemade Chili powder


Homemade Chili Powder is always the best for any spicy dish. We ,in Sri Lankan cuisine, use much chili powder. So I thought that it would be helpful if I share the chili powder recipe as we make it in Sri Lanka.

Red chili is an essential ingredient for Sri Lankan cooking. In a typical Sri Lankan kitchen, we use it as red dried chili, chili powder and as crushed chili flakes. Usually dried red chilies are used for tempering. Red chili powder is for curries and chili flakes are for stir fries.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wedding Buffet at Hotel Chaaya Tranz-Hikkaduwa



Recently we spent a holiday in Sri Lanka and lucky enough to attend to a wedding of one of my cousins. The venue was Hotel Chaaya Tranz, Hikkaduwa. It was a decent & elegant wedding and a nice time for us as we could meet some of relatives and friends.

Today I thought of sharing some of the captures from the Buffet.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sri Lankan Chinese Rolls



Sri Lankan Chinese Rolls

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, 7 July 2014

Simple Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry




Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry

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

Easy Egg Salad



Easy Egg Salad

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 in a Traditional Sri Lankan Kitchen



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.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Pol Roti with Mung Beans Flour






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

Colombo to Anuradhapura Road Trip





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

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.

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.

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.

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.


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry /Wattakka Curry



 Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry /Mild Spicy Wattakka Curry
Sri Lankan Recipes- Pumpkin Curry
Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry

This Pumpkin curry (wattakka curry) is one of our favourite Sri Lankan Recipes. It is mild spicy and cooked using green chili instead of red chili. Therefore the appearance is yellowish.I have shared another way of cooking pumpkin in a curry called Wattakka Kalu pol maluwa,which use all spices and coconut after roasting till brown.The gravy of this curry is so thick and creamy due to grated coconut. Use fresh peppercorn in coconut paste instead of pepper powder and see the aroma and taste of this Sri Lankan curry!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Sri Lankan Fried Brinjal Curry


Sri Lankan Recipe:Fried Brinjal Curry with coconut milk (Wambatu Curry)


Wambatu Curry-Sri Lankan Fried Brinjal Curry
Sri Lankan Brinjal Curry/Wambatu Curry


Brinjal (Wambatu) is delicious in a curry when it is deep fried. In Sri Lankan cooking, we use brinjal in different ways. One of the most popular is Brinjal Moju.Other than that,brinjal is delicious when cooked with coconut milk.Check this  Brinjal Curry recipe for another way to cook.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder



 
How to make Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder

Roasted curry powder is one of the essentials in a Sri Lankan kitchen. Most of the recipes require roasted curry powder. Sometimes I roast raw curry powder while cooking if pre-prepared roasted curry powder is not available. But it is easy to have some roasted curry powder in hand to save some time.
I love the aroma of this curry powder, even the Sri Lankan dishes cooked using homemade roasted curry powder are aromatic and delicious. Check this Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry,Soya Chunks curry and Sri Lankan style chicken curry which require roasted curry powder.However in those recipes I've used raw curry powder and roasted just before cooking.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Sri Lankan Soya Meat Curry



 
Sri Lankan Soya Meat Curry
Sri Lankan Soya Meat Curry
This Soya Meat Curry is cooked using Raw Curry Powder. I usually cook soya meat at home as it is a good source of veggie protein. However I always buy plain soya chunks without the spice and flavor sachets. In that way I am sure it is a dish with no added MSG. Usually I buy few packs from Sri Lanka every time I visit which is enough for few months. One reason is that the chunks are smaller and therefore it is tastier.Anyway my main reason is that they are certified as GMO free products. (Not a Genetically modified food).Still in Singapore, I couldn’t find a Soya meat brand which claims as a non GMO product.(oh I can’t stay away from my habit of reading the whole label before purchasing anything :) )

Monday, 22 July 2013

Cowpea Curry/Kawpi Curry




Sri Lankan Kawpi Curry

Cowpeas are one of the protein packed legumes which is delicious when cooked in different recipes. It is an inexpensive source of protein and popular in Sri Lanka in different recipes. In Sri Lanka, we commonly call this as ‘Kawpi’.One of the way we consume Kawpi is as breakfast. Here I am going to share another recipe which we cook Cowpea in thick coconut milk as a curry.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Baby Kailan with grated coconut (Kola Mallum)



Baby Kailan with grated coconut (Kola Mallum)



Sri Lankan Kola Gowa Mallun
Kola Mallun

In Sri Lanka we cook some green cabbage leaves (kola gowa) with grated coconut and the dish is named as ‘Kola mallum’.When I see baby kalian,I remember those green cabbage leaves which is bigger than these baby kalian leaves. But the taste is much similar. So, most of the times I cook baby kalian in a Sri Lankan recipe with added grated coconut.