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…

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…

Bean Sprouts – How to Sprout Beans

I have been wanting to make my own sprouted beans.  Home made sprouted beans are clean and we know it will not be contaminated since if they are not handled properly they can easily get spoil and cause stomach problems.  I have tried sprouting beans in the past with less success.  This time I tried…

Yellow Squash in Green Chili Gravy

I have bought and made dishes out of Zucchini but rarely did I buy yellow squash or called as summer squash.  When I bought the yellow squash, I didn’t even think what I was going to make it out of this vegetable.  After thinking of different recipes and spices, I felt making a curry with…

Red Chilli Coconut Sambol

If you ask any Sri Lankan, everyone will say there are no recipe without coconut.  Coconut is used in all type of curries, gravy, Sambol, Appam, and even in snacks such as Murukku etc. Coconut trees are widely grown all over Sri Lanka and used in dishes by all ethnic groups.  Another thing to note…

Murukku (Mullu Murukku)

Murukku is a famous traditional snack made in India and Sri Lanka for special occasions as well as just for evening tea.  At my home when I was a kid, Murukku is always made for the Tamil New Year along with other sweets and snacks.  There are many variety of Murukkus.  Here I made the…

Bottle gourd and Toor Dhal Curry

Bottle gourd has become one of my favorite vegetables – it’s easy to cook and quite tasty as well that goes well with different main dishes.  I have cooked different types of bottle gourd curries and posted on this blog.  My favorite bottle gourd recipe is the one with tomatoes and coconut paste which you…

Murungai Illai (Moringa leaves) Sothi

  Sothi (called kiri hodi in Sinhala) is one of the most traditional side dishes in Sri Lanka.  I have posted the recipe for regular sothi quite a while ago.  This time since I had some moringa leaves, I decided to make sothi with Moringa leaves.  Moringa leaves sothi goes verry well with string hoppers…

Vegetable Korma in Almond-Coconut Sauce

Lately I have been trying dishes that are way out of our traditional Sri Lankan method.  This is one of the recipes that I made over the weekend.  Traditionally we make mixed vegetable curries simmered in thick coconut milk.  For this recipe, I reduced the amount of coconut milk and added ground almonds which gives extra…

Payatram Paniyaram

Today is Sri Lankan New Year.  Happy New Year to all my friends.  New Year means sweet milk rice, payasam, sweets, spicy snacks and lots of traditional processes.  One of the most common sweet-snack made is Payatram Paniyaram. These are also traditionally made for special occasions such as weddings, Tamil New Year and any other…