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…

Zucchini Cardamom Bread

I have been in the mood of making zucchini recipes.  It is the time to get a lot of fresh zucchinis in the market and normally I am not a fan of zucchini.  But after baking a few recipes, I fell in love with zucchini. This unique recipe combines the flavor of cardamom and nutmeg….

Cardamom Scented Apple Crumble

Ingredients: 2 green (granny smith) apples 1 1/2 cups blackberries 1/4 cup light brown sugar zest and juice of one orange Butter for greasing For topping: 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup castor sugar 1/2 cup slivered almonds crushed 2 tablespoons cold butter 1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds Pinch of salt   Method: Preheat…

Mushroom Pulav with Fried Soy Chunks

Even though mushrooms are not a delicacy in Sri Lanka, I thought to try this dish in combination with the soy chunks.  I used the same spices that I would use for any other vegetable pulav. Ingredients: ¾ cup basmati rice 2 cups water 3 tablespoons canola oil ½ cup chopped red onion 1 teaspoon…