Fruit Crumble with Coconut Topping

It’s the time of the year again – apple picking, abundance berries in the market and fresh cranberries has started popping in the store shelves.  While the weather it is getting cooler, I am starting to bake again – the spices and the baking aroma will fill the house and of course it will make…

Kale with Edamame

There are many varieties of kale including the ornamental ones that have bright colored leaves such as brilliant white, red, pink, lavender, blue or violet in the interior of the rosette.  The different types of ornamental kale are peacock kale, coral prince, kamone coral queen, color up kale and chidori kale.  Ornamental kale is as edible as any other…

Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

When I was a kid my mother used to make barley water for my grand mother since it has many health benefits.  But I used to hate the smell when barley is being cooked.  With that I never tried any recipes with barley.  Since I started cooking healthy home made lunch meals for work, I…

Vegan Banana Cake

  This is one of the most easiest and quickest cakes I have ever made.  When I say “Vegan Banana Cake”, it might sound like the cake may not be the same as the ones with eggs and butter regarding consistency and taste.  But believe me, even I was a bit reluctant to make this…

Yellow Squash in Green Chili Gravy

I have bought and made dishes out of Zucchini but rarely did I buy yellow squash or called as summer squash.  When I bought the yellow squash, I didn’t even think what I was going to make it out of this vegetable.  After thinking of different recipes and spices, I felt making a curry with…

Red Chilli Coconut Sambol

If you ask any Sri Lankan, everyone will say there are no recipe without coconut.  Coconut is used in all type of curries, gravy, Sambol, Appam, and even in snacks such as Murukku etc. Coconut trees are widely grown all over Sri Lanka and used in dishes by all ethnic groups.  Another thing to note…

Bottle gourd and Toor Dhal Curry

Bottle gourd has become one of my favorite vegetables – it’s easy to cook and quite tasty as well that goes well with different main dishes.  I have cooked different types of bottle gourd curries and posted on this blog.  My favorite bottle gourd recipe is the one with tomatoes and coconut paste which you…

Spicy Tri Colored Quinoa with Beans and Corn

I have bought red quinoa and white quinoa as is in packages.  But only recelntly I saw this tri-colored quinoa which has white quinoa, red quinoa and a dark brown or almost blackish quinoa.  The darker colored quinoa give a more nut flavor and a bit of crunch taste and they don’t easily get over…

Murungai Illai (Moringa leaves) Sothi

  Sothi (called kiri hodi in Sinhala) is one of the most traditional side dishes in Sri Lanka.  I have posted the recipe for regular sothi quite a while ago.  This time since I had some moringa leaves, I decided to make sothi with Moringa leaves.  Moringa leaves sothi goes verry well with string hoppers…

Kollu (Horse Gram) Chutney

Kollu or Horse gram in English which I have never heard of until I came to the United States.  I believe it is quite common in India but no one knows this lentil in my family or town.  I saw this lentil in one of the Indian grocery stores and bought a packet which has been…