Sri Lankan Hindu & Buddhist New Year

  In 2018, the Hindu Buddhist New Year falls on April 14 on a specific auspicious time.  The auspicious time differes between Hindus and Buddhists based on the almanac.  The most important aspect of the New Year is making the sweet pongal by Hindus and Kiri Bath by Buddhists along with other sweets and snacks…

A new look and feel of my site

Hello my dear readers.  I thought it’s time to change the look and feel of my site – the reason, my initial site was extremely simple and does not even look like a fun recipe site.  Since I am also a web designer and user experience expert, I was initially focusing on that and putting…

Cauliflower and Mushroom Curry

I have been cooking cauliflower curry in the traditional way – simple cauliflower or cauliflower and potatoes.  I thought to try something totally different today.  I had a big head of cauliflower and was wondering what I can make with this cauliflower that is totally different.  Checked my fridge and there it is – a big…

Coconut Banana Bread

Finally I found the best banana bread.  I have made and have posted banana breads in the past.  But this time, I think I nailed it.  I have been looking for banana bread that is soft, moist but firm and that is what I got out of this recipe.  I think the coconut I added…

Fruit and Nut Marmalade Bread

With Christmas coming, I wanted to make something special and so flavorful for breakfast.  Orange marmalade gives this bread a touch of orange flavor and the orange peel gives a distinct taste in every bite.  Adding almonds makes it even better – a crunch taste with raisins that gives a fruity taste.  This can be…

Kale and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Here is a very simple Kale salad with roasted sweet potatoes.  When I was working in New York City, I always go to the Whole Foods market to get lunch.  They have healthy salad bar and hot dishes – buffet style.  In fall, this Kale salad is one of my favorite.  They make this salad…

Happy Earth Day

Today is earth day and 45th anniversary of the Earth Day.  Earth Day is not just some thing we celebrate and forget the next day.  It’s about raising public awareness about environmental issues.  These issues vary year to year from air pollution, water pollution, natural animal habitats being destroyed to all the melting ice and glaciers…

Love thy Earth

In Sri Lanka people mostly live with the nature especially in villages. Still utensils that are made out of palm leaves, wood, and other natural materials are still in existence. I still remember when we were kids, we used put seeds like coriander, papaya, and chili and watch them grow. The most happiest part is…

Blueberry Drop Scones

Ingredients: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Pinch of salt 2 egg whites 2/3 cup 2% milk 1/3 cup fresh blueberries Butter for skillet Maple syrup and butter for serving Method: Wash blueberries and leave on a paper towel to dry Mix flour,…

Coconut Almond Crepes with Macerated Berries

Ingredients: Pancake: ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 ¼  cups milk 1 egg 1 tablespoon cooking oil Pinch of salt Butter for skillet Coconut Almond Filling: ½ cup almond meal ¼ cup finely shredded unsweetened desiccated coconut 1 tablespoon sugar ¼ cup milk Berry Sauce: 1 cup fresh blue berries ½ cup fresh black berries 1…