Whole Wheat Crepes with Apple – Blueberry Topping

Ingredients For apple topping: 1 medium granny smith apple (or any firm apple) ¾ cup blue berries 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons brown sugar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon For the crepes: ½ cup whole-wheat flour ¾ cups milk (2% or 1%) 1 egg white ½ tablespoon canola oil Pinch of salt Butter for skillet Make the…

Yard-Long Beans Curry (Payathanga Curry)

This is a very common side dish consumed with rice in Sri Lanka.  This tastes very good with “Pittu” also Here in the US, string beans take a while to cook.  I remember in Sri Lanka these beans are very tender and light green.  They cook quite quickly compared to the ones found in US. …

Sautéed Escarole

Ingredients 1 medium bunch escarole (about 8 oz) 1 tablespoon canola oil 10 – 12 garlic cloves sliced Crushed red chili pepper Salt to taste Method Wash escarole and separate them into individual leaves Cut the leaves into 2 pieces separating the bottom thick stems from the top leaves Add canola oil to a skillet…

kale Fry (Kale Varai)

This is a very quick and easy side dish.  The only time consuming thing is washing and chopping the kale.  To make this quick, chopped bagged kale can be used.  If using frozen chopped kale, reduce the water to ½ cup. Ingredients 1 lb kale 1 cup water ¼ teaspoon Sri Lankan chili powder Salt…

Banana-Orange Crepes

Ingredients For the Banana Topping: 2 medium bananas 1 teaspoon butter 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 cup orange juice Orange peel from one orange ¼ cup cashew nuts toasted and broken into small pieces For the pancake ½ cup all-purpose flour 3 egg whites 1 tablespoon oil ¾ cup milk Pinch of salt ¼ cup…

Spicy Pasta with Escarole

Ingredients 4 oz pasta (rotini, penne etc) 2 teaspoons canola oil 7 – 8 cloves garlic sliced thinly 5 oz escarole 1 cup baby bella mushrooms sliced ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 cup canned small white beans drained 3 teaspoons goat cheese 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted Salt Extra virgin olive oil for sprinkling…

Fried Soy Chunks (Soy Meat)

  Soy chunks are called “Soya Meat” in Sri Lanka.  These soy chunks come in different sizes and color.  Some are darker and others are lighter in color.  Size also varies form small bead size to big as a marble size.   For the frying, the bigger soy chunks should be used.  I used the biggest…

Tomato and Potato Gravy

Ingredients ¼ teaspoon mustard seed 2 tablespoon oil ½ cup sliced onion 3 – 4 garlic cloves sliced ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds 1 small potato peeled and cubed 2 cups water 1 medium tomato (tomatoes on the vine gives a very nice taste and aroma) 2 teaspoons Sri Lanka chili powder Salt to taste ¼…

Grilled Figs with Caramel Sauce

Ingredients 8 Figs Vanilla ice cream Caramel Sauce: 1/3 cup whole milk 2 tablespoons water 1/3 cup castor sugar 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Method For Caramel Boil milk and set aside In a heavy saucepan stir sugar with water over low heat until sugar dissolves Increase heat to high and boil  until the syrup becomes…

Walnut Cookies/Walnut Puffs

Ingredients 4  oz walnuts 5 oz all-purpose flour 2 table spoons fine castor sugar 4 oz / 1 stick butter at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Powdered sugar / icing sugar Method Pre-heat oven to 300 F. Butter a cookie sheet generously In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar until soft and fluffy…