Spinach & Arugula Salad

Ingredients 1 cup baby spinach 1 cup baby arugula 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon honey ½ teaspoon lemon juice Salt and pepper ¼ cup walnuts chopped and toasted 2 teaspoons raisins ½ cup cherry tomatoes 1 avocado 1 teaspoon feta cheese Method Wash spinach and arugula and drain well Mix leaves and…

Dhalia (Pottu Kadalai) Laddu

Ingredients ½ cup pottu kadalai (dahlia) ½ cup white sugar ½ teaspoon cardamom powder ¼ cup broken cashew nuts + raisins 1  tablespoon + ½ teaspoon ghee (clarified butter) 1 tablespoon boiling water Method Dry roast dahlia for a minute or so Grind dahlia and sugar into a coarse powder In a skillet add ½…

Tofu in Yogurt Sauce/Gravy

Ingredients 8 oz extra firm tofu Oil spray 1 cup yogurt ½ teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon coriander powder ¼ teaspoon cumin powder ¼ teaspoon fennel seed powder 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder 2 teaspoons canola oil ¼ teaspoon mustard seed ¼ cup red onion sliced 1 strand curry leaves 2 – 3 dried red chilies…

Whole Wheat Flax Seed Muffins

Ingredients ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 1 egg ¾ cup milk 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon flax seed ¼  cup raisins ¼ cup chopped walnuts Method Preheat oven to 375° F Grease 8 muffin cups In a…

Red Quinoa Salad

Ingredients 1/3 cup red quinoa 2/3 cup water 2 cups baby arugula 4 tablespoons dried cranberries 3 – 4 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds 2 teaspoons crumbled feta cheese 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Method Rinse quinoa thoroughly and drain Add 1/3 cup of quinoa to 2/3 cup of water…

Coconut & Almond Crusted French Toast

Ingredients 2 eggs 4 tablespoons 1% milk 3 – 4 drops of almond essence ½ teaspoon sugar 4 slices whole wheat bread Little bit of butter 2 teaspoons sweetened coconut flakes 4 teaspoons slivered almonds Method: combine milk, eggs, almond essence, and sugar in a flat dish until they are incorporated soak the bread slices…

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

    இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் In Sri Lanka New Year is celebrated on April 14th (This varies from year to year according to the Hindu and Buddhist calendar).  In Tamil it’s called “Puthandu” (புத்தாண்டு) and in Sinhala it’s called “Avurudu”. The exact time New Year born (auspicious time) is given by the astrologers.  So…

Kesari

Ingredients ¾ cup semolina (cream of wheat) ¼ cup vermicelli ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup ghee 3 cups hot water ½ teaspoon cardamom powder ¼ cup raisins + chopped cashew nuts Method Lightly roast semolina and vermicelli separately (do not roast too long since semolina and vermicelli will turn brown quickly) Add a little ghee…

Pasta with Roasted Asparagus & Mushrooms

Ingredients 4 oz Rotini 2 cups asparagus chopped into 1 inch pieces 8 oz mixed mushrooms such as button, shitake, portabella and oyster 2 tablespoon olive oil Extra virgin olive oil for sprinkling Salt Generous amount of pepper 2 tablespoon grated Pecorino Romano cheese Dried chopped basil leaves ¼ cup whole black olives Method Cook pasta…

Carrot and Cabbage Curry

This curry tastes good if it’s made spicy. Ingredients 2 cups green cabbage shredded 2 medium carrots 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 ½ cups water ¼ teaspoon tamarind extract 1 teaspoon tomato paste ¼ cup coconut milk or milk Salt to taste 1 tablespoon oil ¼ teaspoon mustard seed ¼ cup sliced onion 2 garlic…

Spicy Soy Chunks Curry (TVP — Textured Vegetable Protein)

Following picture shows dried soy chunks In Sri Lanka this is called soya meat because of its texture and taste.  Even though this is not a traditional side dish, TVP came into existence about 25 – 30 years ago.  Since then this has become one of the staple side dishes.  TVP is normally sold as…

Cabbage Fry

4 cups green cabbage finely shredded ¼ cup water ½ teaspoon chili powder 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut Salt to taste 1 cup finely chopped onion ¼ teaspoon mustard seed 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil 2 -3 dried red chilies broken into 2 to 3 pieces 1 strand curry leaves Method Add chopped cabbage, salt,…