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… Continue reading Payatram Paniyaram

Mini Phyllo Cup Cheese Cake with Hazelnut frosting

  Ingredients: 4 oz semi sweet chocolate broken into pieces 1 teaspoon butter 30 (2 packages) baked miniature phyllo shells ( 1 1/2 inch shells) 6 oz cream cheese room temperature 4 tablespoons sour cream 4 tablespoons powdered sugar 2 teaspoons raspberry extract 2 teaspoons milk To decorate red writing gel and Chocolate Hazelnut frosting… Continue reading Mini Phyllo Cup Cheese Cake with Hazelnut frosting

Pumpkin Pudding with Walnut Topping

Ingredients: Butter for greasing 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup milk 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 egg whites 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1-2 tablespoons walnuts chopped 1 teaspoon butter softened 1 teaspoon brown sugar Method: Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease about 4 custard cups and set aside (it depends on the size of… Continue reading Pumpkin Pudding with Walnut Topping

Sweet Aval

Aval is one of the important savory made during Navarathri.  In Sri Lanka, aval from the traditional red rice is very common (actually I have never seen the white aval there).  Aval is the beaten rice/flattened rice. Please see for more information. Ingredients: ½ cup red aval about ¼ cup dark brown sugar (or jaggery)… Continue reading Sweet Aval

Vaazhi Pazha Paniyaram

இலங்கையில் வாழைப்பழ பணியாரம் வாய்ப்பான் என்றும் கூறப்படும். Ingredients:  2 medium sized bananas (yields ¾ cup mashed banana 2 teaspoons butter melted ¼ cup brown sugar 1 cup all purpose flour Oil for deep frying Method Peel and mash the bananas Mix mashed bananas, butter, sugar and flour with fingers – make sure there are no lumps… Continue reading Vaazhi Pazha Paniyaram

Orange-Lemon Scented Cookies

  Ingredients 6 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel ½ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon orange extract (optional) 2 tablespoons powdered sugar ½ cup all purpose flour Powdered sugar   Method Add butter and sugar to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and… Continue reading Orange-Lemon Scented Cookies