Pasta with Sundried tomato & Pine nut sauce

Ingredients 4 oz pasta (Rotini, penne etc) ¼ cup + 2 teaspoons pine nuts 12 halves of sun dried tomatoes ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup water ½ teaspoon pesto sauce (basil pesto) 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoons olive oil 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved 3 oz…

Black Beans & Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

Ingredients 4 oz pasta shells 14 oz can black beans 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach 6 oz chopped tomatoes 3 – 4 cloves garlic chopped into small pieces 1 teaspoons oil 1 – 1 ¼ cups pasta sauce Mozzarella cheese Method Cook pasta and drain and set aside Pre-heat oven to 350 F In…

இனிய பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துகள்

இனிய பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துகள் Thai Pongal is the harvest festival celebrated by tamils throughout India and Sri Lanka (nothern part of Sri Lanka).   According to the tamil calendar, January 14th (or 15th) denotes the first day of January.  So according to a tamil saying “தை பிறந்தால் வழி பிறக்கும்” means the comencement of January (தை) paves the…

Adai

  Adai is not that common in the Jaffna Tamil cooking.  It’s healthier than normal Dosai since different kinds of lentils are used. This is quicker in comparison to dosai because this does not need fermentation. Ingredients ½ cup long grain rice ½ cup urud dhal (lentil) ¼ cup chana dhal (lentil) ¼ cup toor…

Bitter Gourd Fry (Pavakkai Porial)

Bitter gourd, as its name implies has bitter taste.  Due to this bitter taste, a lot of people do not like this vegetable.  But in Sri Lanka, especially Jaffna bitter gourd is a very common vegetable and bitter gourd curry is consumed with rice.  Bitter gourd can be fried as below and be eaten with…

Beets Fry (Beetroot Varai)

Ingredients 1 large beet ½ teaspoon Sri Lankan chili powder 1 teaspoon shredded unsweetened coconut 1 – 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons canola oil ½ cup red onion chopped finely 1 strand curry leaves 2 – 3 dried red chilies broken into 3 pieces Salt to taste Method Peel and wash the beets thoroughly to…