Drumstick (Moringa) Curry

Drumsticks in English is a vegetable that is very common in Sri Lanka and South India.  In Tamil it’s called Murungai Kai and the botanical name is Moringa Oleifera. As its name in English – Drumstick, the vegetable is long and slender that looks like a green stick.  Each drumstick can grow up to a…

Oma Podi (ஓமப்பொடி)

Deepavali/Diwali is the festival of lights that symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. This festival is associated with goddess Lakshmi and various regional traditions. One of the main traditions goes back to Rama returning Ayodya with his wife Sita after defeating Ravana and serving 14 years…

Bulgur Masala Pulav

Bulgur wheat is commonly called cracked wheat that has a chew taste when cooked. Bulgur is from cracked whole-grain kernels of wheat that get parboiled and dried before. Due to this process they cook much more quickly than other varieties of whole wheat. since it’s already processed, most of the bulgur varieties cook within 15…

Baingan Bhartha (Eggplant Curry)

Baingan bhartha is a popular north Indian dish that is mostly served with warm rotis or paratha.  Baingan is the Hindi name for eggplant.  Traditionally eggplants are fire roasted until the skin is charred.  But now a days, I roast it in the oven.   To get the fire roasted smoky flavor, some times I will…

Pasali Keerai Kootu

Sri Lanka has a variety of greens (keerai in Tamil) that are used in traditional meals and for their health benefits. Pasali Keerai is a type of Spinach that grows commonly in tropical weather. Leaves are thick and dark green with a slimy texture when squeezed or torn. Leaves and tender stems are used in…

Vegan Creamy Bell Pepper Soup

Creamy soups are usually made with heavy cream or whole milk. I have made soups with almond milk since almond milk does not have strong taste or smell. This time I wanted to get the thick creamy taste for my soup and almond milk does not give that texture. When pureed, silken tofu is something…

Tempeh Fritters

Tempeh is sold in multiple varieties.  It can be just made from soybeans or a mixture of soybeans with other grains.  It has a nutty flavor and taste.  For this recipe I have combined with a fragrant lemon grass and ginger with coriander leaves that is formed into small patties and fried.  These fritters can…

Spicy Peerkangai (Ridge Gourd) Curry

Ridge gourd does not have any strong flavor, taste or smell.  When made with a lot of spices, it brings out the flavor that mingles with the spices and make a great side dish which can be consumed with rice or any type of bread such as Naan, Paratha, Chappathi, or Roti. Ingredients: 1 large…

Dried Fruit, Nut & Seed Loaf

Once baked this loaf will be quite heavy and dense that is packed with different types of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.  For dried fruits dried apples, dried plums can be used.  For nuts, I would suggest using any combination of cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds.  Peanuts would not be a great idea since…

Skillet Toasted Oatmeal Triangles with Fruit Compote

This delicious wholesome breakfast dish is quite easy to make and does not call for ingredients that some one need to run to the store to pick up.  When I cook oatmeal for breakfast, I always add dried fruits and nuts.  A while ago I saw a recipe similar to this – baked chocolate quinoa. …