Oma Podi (ஓமப்பொடி)

Deepavali/Diwali is the festival of lights that symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. This festival is associated with goddess Lakshmi and various regional traditions. One of the main traditions goes back to Rama returning Ayodya with his wife Sita after defeating Ravana and serving 14 years…

Dried Fruit, Nut & Seed Loaf

Once baked this loaf will be quite heavy and dense that is packed with different types of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.  For dried fruits dried apples, dried plums can be used.  For nuts, I would suggest using any combination of cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds.  Peanuts would not be a great idea since…

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…

Blueberry Tea Bread

Here I am sitting and baking another tea bread – I don’t have any regrets in spending time baking tea breads/loaves.  Yes, I love these tea breads.  Even though they are so called “tea breads”, I eat them for breakfast.  Just one thick slice of this bread replaces a bagel, normal bread or any other…

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…

Pecan Banana Bread

Banana Bread – yes, we all know banana bread and I have posted multiple banana breads with other fruit additions.  This time I thought to stay with the classic banana bread.  But I could not resist to throw in some chopped nuts since when you bite in, they give a nice crunchy feeling.  I love…

Carrot Cup Cakes

I am not a fan of carrots and I rarely eat them and if so, it should be in salads.  But this morning I was wondering what to make for breakfast and found a big bag of carrots in the refrigerator. So immediately came up with the idea of about making these carrot cup cakes.  They don’t…

Blueberry Banana Bread

As opposed to plain banana bread, this gives extra fragrance of blueberries.  Adding blueberries also gives a sour-tart taste on top of the sweet banana taste.  Walnuts add extra crunchiness to this soft and moist bread.  You can store this bread wrapped in an aluminum foil or cling wrap in the refrigerator for up to…

Carrot and Apricot Bread with Poppy Seeds

Ingredients: 3 eggs 3/4 cup castor sugar 1/2 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon orange extract (or 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind) 3 oz dried apricots 8 oz shredded carrots 9 oz all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda pinch of salt 2 tablespoons poppy seeds 2 oz…

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

  Ingredients: 2 small eggs 1/2 cup cooking oil (canola, or vegetable oil) 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup castor sugar 1 cup shredded zucchini 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 tablespoon rolled oats…