Coconut Rock with Semolina

Ingredients 12 oz Sugar ½ cup water Few drops of any food coloring 1 tablespoon butter 8 oz Semolina 8 oz sweetened coconut flakes 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon powdered cardamom 2 oz cashew nuts broken into pieces Method Lightly roast semolina, about 3 minutes and keep aside Put sugar and water into a pan…

Ivy Gourd (Kovakkai) Fry

Ingredients 8 oz Kovakkai 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil ½ red onion 3 dried red chilies Salt to taste ¼ teaspoon chili powder Method Wash and quarter the kovakkai lengthwise Add 1 tablespoon oil to a skillet and add kovakkai and fry on a low flame until kovakkai is soft and lightly…

Carrot-Beet Juice

Ingredients 3 Medium carrots 1 Navel orange 1 Mineola orange ½ Beet Method Scrub carrots and snip off the top and bottom ends Peel the oranges and divide them into segments Peel the beet and chop into pieces so they will fit the feeder Juice the carrots followed by oranges and beets Serves: 2 glasses

Watercress and Carrot Salad (Sambol)

Even though I called this recipe “salad”, in Sri Lanka recipes like these (chopped mixed raw vegetables) are called “Sambol/Chambal” served with rice as a side dish Ingredients 1 cup chopped watercress 1 small carrot shredded 2 tablespoons chopped red onion 1 tablespoon lemon juice salt and pepper to taste Method Mix chopped watercress and…

Tropical Fruit Salad

I wanted to make this fruit salad completely with tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple, banana etc).  Since I couldn’t get any good papaya I replaced papayas with apple.  But this fruit salad tastes really good with papaya.  Also adding passion fruit puree gives a very nice flavor.  If fresh fruit is available, its pulp can…

Masoor Dhal with Bottle Gourd

Ingredients 1 cup chopped/cubed bottle gourd 1 tablespoon canola oil ¼ teaspoon mustard seed 1 – 2 green chilies chopped ½ inch ginger minced 2 cloves garlic minced 1 strand curry leaves ¾ cup masoor dhal 2 ½ cups water 2 tablespoons milk Salt to taste Method Add oil to a skillet and add mustard…

Leek Fry

Ingredients 2 large leeks ½ teaspoon chili powder 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons shredded coconut ½ cup chopped red onion 2 tablespoons oil 2 – 3 dried red chilies broken into pieces Salt to taste Method Wash and finely cut/shred the leeks In a covered saucepan add leeks, salt, chili powder, water and cover and…

Mixed Bean Curry

For this recipe any kind of dried mixed bean/lentil can be used.  I used the “Goya” 16 bean soup mix (it comes as dry format in a bag). Ingredients ½ cup dried mixed beans (like black beans, kidney beans, lima beans etc.  I used the “Goya” 16 bean soup mix) 2 tablespoons oil ¼ teaspoon…

Apple Topped Pancakes

This is a very healthy and simple dish.  The recipe does not have to be exactly as below.  The amount of apple topping can be changed according to taste.  For the apple topping, I have used canola oil in the past.  But I prefer butter since it gives a nice aroma and flavor. Ingredients Pancake:…

Brussels Sprout Fry

Ingredients 8 oz Brussels sprout ¼ cup water ¼ teaspoon chili powder Salt to taste ¾ cup chopped red onion 3 dried red chilies broken into small pieces 2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds 2 tablespoons canola oil Method Chop Brussels sprout into very small pieces Add Brussels sprout, water, chili powder and salt to a…