Spicy Cauliflower in Coconut Milk

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon coriander seeds ½ teaspoon cumin seeds 1/8 teaspoon fennel seeds 12 oz cauliflower florets 2 large cloves garlic ½ inch piece ginger 1 teaspoon cooking oil 2 teaspoons chili powder Pinch of turmeric ½ cup water ½ cup coconut milk Salt to taste Method: Dry roast coriander, cumin and fennel seeds and…

Payatam Paniyaram/Urundai

payatam paniyaram is a very famous snack/sweet made during the Tamil New Year.  This is also a very common snack/sweet made for weddings and other special occasions. 1 cup mung bean flour (payatam ma) ½ cup roasted rice flour ½ cup castor sugar ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder Pinch of salt Oil for deep frying For…

Ash Plantain Sambal

Ingredients 2 medium ash plantain ½ cup – ¾ cup thick yogurt 1 green chili chopped into small pieces 2 tablespoons chopped red onion Salt to taste Method Peel plantains and cut them into 1 or 2 big pieces Boil until soft and well done Let cool. Chop them  into small pieces (1/4 inch cubes)…

Sri Lankan Patties

Patties are one of the most favorite snacks eaten around Sri Lanka.  You can find patties almost anywhere including school and college canteens, bakeries etc.  This is one of the most common snacks served for birthday parties, tea time and even wedding parties. Ingredients: Curry Stuffing: 2 medium potatoes (about 12 oz) ¼ cup shredded…

Pasta with Roasted Mixed Veggies

Ingredients 4 oz pasta (Rotini, Rigatoni etc) 4 oz asparagus 4 oz bell pepper 6 oz portabella mushrooms 1 medium sweet potato ½ cup cherry tomatoes 1 -2  tablespoon olive oil ½ cup pasta sauce (I used the basil and tomato sauce) ¼ teaspoon dried basil 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted Salt and pepper to…