Mixed Greens with Roasted Mangoes

Ingredients 1 package (5 oz) mixed greens 2 ripe mangoes Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese Walnut pieces toasted and broken Caramel pieces (optional) Salad dressing: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons honey Method Mix together salad dressing ingredients and set aside Peel mangoes, remove…

Baked Cherry Pudding

Ingredients 1 lb fresh cherries pitted ½ cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup castor sugar 2 whole eggs + 3 egg whites 1 oz unsalted butter melted 1 cup milk Pinch of salt Method Pre heat oven to 350 F Butter generously a 9 inch pie plate Arrange pitted cherries in the plate in one layer…

Pasta with Black Beans and Red Pepper

Ingredients 4 oz pasta (Rotini) 1 teaspoon canola oil 4 oz red/orange bell pepper sliced thinly 1 cup chopped button mushrooms 1, 15 oz can black beans 1, 15 oz can chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons pecorino romano cheese Salt and pepper to taste Fresh basil leaves Parmesan cheese for sprinkling Method Cook pasta and drain…

Snakegourd Fry (Pudalankai Varai)

Ingredients 1 medium snake gourd (yields 1½ cups) 2 teaspoons canola oil ¼ teaspoon mustard seed ¾ cup chopped red onion 1 strand curry leaves 2 teaspoons shredded unsweetened coconut ¼ teaspoon Sri Lankan chili powder ¼ teaspoon ghee (clarified butter) Salt to taste Method Slit snake gourd length wise and remove the seeds Slit…

Tofu & Vegetable Pulav

Ingredients ½ cup chopped green beans 1 medium carrot (yields about ½ cup chopped carrot) 1 cup cauliflower florets 8 oz extra firm tofu 1 tomato (would yield 1 cup puree) 1 teaspoon canola oil 3 garlic cloves chopped into fine pieces ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds 1 strand curry leaves 2 tablespoons bisibella bath paste…

Cranberry Walnut Loaf

This loaf has a nice crumbly texture outside and soft inside.  Store wrapped in an aluminum foil or cling wrap to keep the loaf soft and moist. Ingredients 4 oz butter 3/2 cup castor sugar (I like less sugar.  Sugar can be increased to ½ cup) 2 eggs at room temperature Grated rind of 1…

Okra White Curry

This curry is called “Vendikai paal curry” in Tamil.  Even though okra is a very nutritious vegetable, I am not a fan of this white curry.  So after so many years, I made a very small quantity of this curry and when I made this, I loved it.  It was so delicious it went just…

Phyllo Fruit Cups

If you need a last minute dessert, this is the one.  This is so easy to make and you can use any combination fruits you have.  You can use fresh fruits, canned or even frozen fruits.  But the fresh ones give a better taste as usual :).  I made this recipe with some left over…

Vanilla Crepes with Mixed Berry Filling

Ingredients Berry Filling 2 cups mixed berries (blue berry, raspberry, blackberry) ½ cup fresh orange juice 1½  tablespoon sugar For the pancake ½ cup all purpose flour ¾ cup 2% milk 1 egg white lightly beaten 2 teaspoons canola/vegetable oil ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence Pinch of salt Butter for skillet Powdered sugar for sprinkling Method…

Purple Yam Sweet Dish

Purple yam is called “Rasavalli kilangu” in Tamil and “Ratalu” in Hindi.  This yam is also called “water yam” or “winged yam”.  In Sri Lanka it’s available in the months of January.  This dish can be consumed for breakfast as a warm dish or it can be served as a sweet.  Sometimes I add a…