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…

Carrot Zucchini Bars

  This recipe has been in my mind for a while and some how I have missed it.  I saw this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens website probably 2 years ago.  Finally I had a chance to make this yummy bars.  These bars are so healthy and packed with nutrition.  I omitted the cream…

Spicy Vegan Bulgur Pulav

  It is so hot and the best thing to cook is a one pot meal instead of making multiple dishes and generating heat.  I have been eyeing on a recipe which is actually a chicken pulav with brown rice. I thought to make some twists and create it as a vegetarian dish since I…

Vegetable Korma in Almond-Coconut Sauce

Lately I have been trying dishes that are way out of our traditional Sri Lankan method.  This is one of the recipes that I made over the weekend.  Traditionally we make mixed vegetable curries simmered in thick coconut milk.  For this recipe, I reduced the amount of coconut milk and added ground almonds which gives extra…

Pistou – AFrench Vegetable (Vegan) Soup

Pistou originated from the south France.  This is one of the most easiest soup I have ever made.  Serve this delicious and light soup for dinner with your choice of garlic bread or with French bread spreaded with extra virgin olive oil and toasted until lightly golden and crisp.  I served this soup with whole grain…

Vegetarian Yakisoba

Nothing is more delicious than home cooked food especially when it comes to dishes like pasta, noodles, and pizza.  I love trying different cuisine recipes but have never thought of trying any Japanese recipes.  Probably I have been under the impression that Japanese cuisine is mostly based on sea food, sea weed and sushi.  So I…

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…

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…

Shredded stir-fried Carrot

Ingredients: 4 Medium carrots 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cooking oil 1/2 teaspoon chili powder salt to taste 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed 1 small red onion 3-4 dried red chili broken into 2-3 pieces few curry leaves Method: Peel and wash carrots shred them using a shredder with smaller holes…

Kale and Carrot Stir Fry

Ingredients: 2 cups finely shredded fresh kale leaves ½ cup grated carrot ½ cup water 1 teaspoon chili powder 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut 2 teaspoons canola oil ½ cup chopped red onion 3-4 dried red chili broken into 2 pieces   Method: Wash and dry kale leaves.  Once they are dry shred the leaves. Add…