Baingan Bhartha (Eggplant Curry)

Baingan bhartha is a popular north Indian dish that is mostly served with warm rotis or paratha.  Baingan is the Hindi name for eggplant.  Traditionally eggplants are fire roasted until the skin is charred.  But now a days, I roast it in the oven.   To get the fire roasted smoky flavor, some times I will…

Pasali Keerai Kootu

Sri Lanka has a variety of greens (keerai in Tamil) that are used in traditional meals and for their health benefits. Pasali Keerai is a type of Spinach that grows commonly in tropical weather. Leaves are thick and dark green with a slimy texture when squeezed or torn. Leaves and tender stems are used in…

Vegan Creamy Bell Pepper Soup

Creamy soups are usually made with heavy cream or whole milk. I have made soups with almond milk since almond milk does not have strong taste or smell. This time I wanted to get the thick creamy taste for my soup and almond milk does not give that texture. When pureed, silken tofu is something…

Tempeh Fritters

Tempeh is sold in multiple varieties.  It can be just made from soybeans or a mixture of soybeans with other grains.  It has a nutty flavor and taste.  For this recipe I have combined with a fragrant lemon grass and ginger with coriander leaves that is formed into small patties and fried.  These fritters can…

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…