Simple Butter Cake

I made this cake for my relative for Thanks Giving but waited to post since it would be more appropriate for Christmas or New Year. When I say butter cake, this is the Sri Lankan version of the butter cake.  It is very simple just with 4 main ingredients.  But once baked it is heavenly tasty….

Bottle Gourd White Curry

Ingredients: 1 cup cut bottle gourd 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup coconut milk 3-4 shallots 1-2 small green chilies slit lengthwise 1 teaspoon cooking oil 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon urad dhal 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed Curry leaves Salt to taste Method: Slit bottle gourd length wise and remove seeds.  Cut bottle gourd into…

Gourd in Tomato Coconut Sauce

I have posted a gourd recipe earlier – Bottle Gourd in Almond Sauce.  But this earlier recipe was with “bottle gourd”. The one I am using for this recipe is slightly different from bottle gourd.  The flesh of bottle gourd is softer and has bigger seeds.  I came across this vegetable for the first time when…

Soy Chunks in Cashew Sauce

Lately I have been trying curry dishes with different nut sauces.  Normally I use regular milk or soy milk.  But soy milk does not give the same flavor as much as the regular milk or coconut milk.  For this recipe I thought of making a sauce with cashew nuts.  Since cashew nuts has a soft…

Bottle Gourd in Almond Sauce

Bottle gourd – I never ate this vegetable when I was growing up, I don’t the reason – may be my mom never liked and never cooked or they thought it does not have any taste.  Yes, compared to other vegetable this is quite bland and watery taste.  But after coming to the united states,…

Spicy Snake Gourd Curry

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon urad dhal 2 teaspoons chana dhal 4-5 dried red chilies 1/4 cup shredded coconut 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed 2 teaspoons cooking oil 1/2 of a small red onion 8 oz snake gourd 1/4 teaspoon tamarind paste Curry leaves 1 cup water Salt to taste Method: Dry roast urad dhal, chana dhal, and…

Fenugreek Leaves Fry (வெந்தய கீரை வறை)

Fenugreek which belongs to the family “Fabaceae” has a bitter taste.  They retain the bitter taste even after cooking.  Fenugreek leaves as well as the fenugreek seeds has a lot of medicinal effects. Mostly Fenugreek is used for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach and inflammation of the stomach.  Back in Sri Lanka,…

Okra with Potatoes

  I love okra especially when satueed until it is dry and well cooked.  I have posted multiple okra recipes.  But this is my favorite recipe.  On the other hand this is the most time consuming okra recipe as well.  But the extra time is worth it. Ingredients: 1/2 lb okra 1/2 lb potatoes 1…

Green Tomato (raw tomato) Spicy Curry

Ingredients: 3 green tomatoes (unripe raw tomatoes) 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced Strand of curry leaves 2 teaspoons cooking oil 1/2 cup thick coconut milk 1 cup water 1-2 teaspoons chili powder salt to taste Method: Add oil to a saucepan and when hot add onion and sauté on low flame until soft Half…

Shredded stir-fried Carrot

Ingredients: 4 Medium carrots 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cooking oil 1/2 teaspoon chili powder salt to taste 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed 1 small red onion 3-4 dried red chili broken into 2-3 pieces few curry leaves Method: Peel and wash carrots shred them using a shredder with smaller holes…