Coconut Banana Muffins

Ingredients 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 4 oz sugar 2 oz butter 1 egg 6 tablespoons milk 2 small ripe bananas ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 oz walnuts chopped 1 oz raisins  Method Preheat oven to 375°F.  Butter/grease about 10 muffin cups Mash the bananas…

Quick Masoor Dhal Curry

Masoor dhal curry is a very common side dish served with rice.  In the tamil cuisine this dhal curry also served with idiappam and sothi.  Different people cook this differently.  Some people cook this spicy with red chili powder and tomatoes.  This recipe is a very quick version of masoor dhal curry which only takes…

Whole Wheat Pancake with Maple Banana Topping

Ingredients Banana Topping: 2 medium bananas ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup walnuts broken into 2 or 3 pieces 1 oz butter 2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes lightly toasted Pancake mix: 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 egg whites 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup 1% milk 1 teaspoon sugar pinch of salt ¼ teaspoon…

Pittu

Pittu is one of the most important food consumed for break-fast and dinner.  Traditionally pittu is made with an equipment called “Neethu Peddi” which is made of Palmyrah leaves.  But now it’s made of either aluminum or stainless steel which is called “Pittu Kulal”.  In the picture below, I made the pittu using the traditional…

Spicy Bitter Gourd Curry

This curry is called “Pavakkai curry” in Tamil.  Bitter gourd, as the name implies is very bitter.  To mask the bitterness, normally it’s cooked very spicy.  Also to reduce the bitterness either coconut water or a little bit sugar is used.  I prefer using coconut water since it’s healthy and has some nice flavor and…

Spicy Whole Wheat French Toast

I used the same ingredients as for normal sweet French toast (see below recipe).  But replaced the sugar and vanilla with a bit of salt and ground black pepper.  Also instead of using butter, I used sesame seed oil. Ingredients: 2 eggs 4 tablespoons 1% milk ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper dash of salt 4…

Whole Wheat French Toast with Blueberry Sauce

  Ingredients For the blueberry sauce: 2 cups fresh blueberries ¼ cup water ½ tablespoon white sugar For the French toast: 2 eggs 4 tablespoons 1% milk ½ teaspoon vanilla ½ teaspoon sugar 4 slices whole wheat bread little bit of butter Method Sauce: combine blueberries, sugar and water and cook for about 10 minutes…

Okra Fry

In Tamil this dish is called “Vendikkai varai”  “Vendikkai” is the Tamil name for Okra. Ingredients 2 cups finely chopped okra 3 tablespoons sesame oil ¼ teaspoon chili powder ¾ cup red onion finely chopped 2 – 3 dried chilies each broken into 2 – 3 pieces 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut salt to taste…

Spicy Radish Curry

This curry is quite spicy.  So please adjust the amount of chili powder according to your taste.  This curry is called “mullangy curry” in Tamil. Ingredients 2 cups white radish cubed 1½ cups water 1½ – 2 teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon cumin powder ¼ teaspoon coriander powder salt to taste 1 cup red onion…

Strawberry Butter Cake

My favorite fruits are the different kinds of berries — strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  With the arrival of spring and summer, these berries are a wonderful treat.  These berries are loaded with vitamins and other anti oxidants.  So to welcome the spring and the warm weather, I took a normal version of butter cake…

Banana Flower Fry

Banana flower is a delicacy in Sri Lanka.  But most people do not cook them because of the laborious work.  It takes some practice to cut these bracts into fine pieces.  In Tamil this dish is called “Valaipoo varai” Ingredients 1 large banana flower (which yields 4½ cups finely chopped banana flower) ½ cup water…

Yellow Pumpkin Curry

Ingredients: 3 cups yellow pumpkin cubed 1 teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon coriander powder ½ teaspoon cumin powder 1 cup water 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut 1 teaspoon long grain rice ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds ½ cup onion sliced 1 tablespoon canola oil salt to taste Method Make the curry paste:…