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…

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…

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…

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flattened_rice for more information. Ingredients: ½ cup red aval about ¼ cup dark brown sugar (or jaggery)…

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…

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…

Avocado Sweet/Dessert

Avocados are not that common in Sri Lanka.  I came to know about this fruit only when I was a teenager.  Also this fruit is called “Butter Fruit” in Sri Lanka.  My uncle had a huge tree in house and when he gave us some of these fruits, we didn’t even know what to do…

Kesari with Almond Meal

I was thinking about making some sweet which should be quite healthy but at the same time quite easy to make.  So came up with this idea.  I used ground almond which gives this sweet dish a crunchy taste.  Also I have added less sugar and ghee compared to the normal kesari and other Indian…

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…

Susiyam

Susiyam is a kind of sweet dish made for Deepavali and other festivals.  Normally jaggary is used to sweeten this dish.  But here I have replaced with dark brown sugar.  At my home susiyam is made from whole mung beans.  But some people use chana dhal instead of mung beans.  When making the batter, rice…