Mixed Dried Berries Loaf

Ingredients 6 oz dried mixed berries (example blueberries, cherries, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry etc) 1 large orange ½ cup castor sugar 5 tablespoons butter at room temperature 2 medium eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract 2  cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt ¼ cup cashew…

Brussels Sprout and Carrot Stir Fry

The ratio between the carrots and brussels sprout can be changed according to your taste/preference. Ingredients 1 ½ cups shredded/chopped Brussels Sprout 1 medium carrot shredded 2 – 4 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon chili powder Salt to taste 1 tablespoon oil 1 cup chopped red onion Few curry leaves ¼ teaspoon mustard seed Couple of…

Raspberry Jam Filled Cookies

A couple of times I tried to make cookies in the past, but with no luck.  So I thought of trying this cookie out today.  The cookies came out pretty good.  But I still haven’t mastered the art of rolling the dough on a floured board.  I had to put so much flour to make…

Perfect Plantain Chips

Ash plantains are normally used in cooking in Sri Lanka.  But the plantains normally sold in stores here in US (NJ) are different from what we get in Sri Lanka.  These plantains are quite long and when peeled, orange in color.  But I found some plantains very similar to the ash plantains in the Indian…

Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

I found a quinoa recipe in the good housekeeping website.  (check recipe at Vegetable Quinoa Curry).  I took this recipe and modified to make it as a vegetable quinoa pilaf. Quinoa (Red & White): Quinoa is a grain like plant grown for its edible seeds.  Even though quinoa looks like a grain, it does not…

Kovakkai Gravy (Ivy Gourd Gravy)

Kovakkai (ivy gourd) is not that common in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.  But it’s a very common vegetable in South India.  I have already posted a recipe for Kovakkai — Kovakkai fry (Kovakkai Varai).  This time I am posting a recipe for Kovakkai Gravy or Kovakkai curry. Ingredients ½ lb Ivy gourd 2 tablespoon oil 2…

Collard Greens Fry (Varai)

In tamil we call this kind of recipe “Varai”.  Normally varai is made from different kind of leafy vegetables.  For example Kale, Collard greens, cabbage, Leek (which is not a leafy vegetable).  Also in Jaffna people make varai from vegetables such as carrot, beets, Banana flower, okra etc  Check out different fry recipe page for…