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…

Navy Beans and Beet Curry

This is a delicious and very simple dish.  It only takes 15 minutes to cook plus the extra time to cut the beets.  You can use either dried navy beans or canned ones.  If using dried navy beans, soak them in water overnight and cook until three quarters done. Ingredients: ½ lb beets 1 cup…

Gourd in Tomato Coconut Sauce

I have posted a gourd recipe earlier – Bottle Gourd in Almond Sauce.  But this earlier recipe was with “bottle gourd”. The one I am using for this recipe is slightly different from bottle gourd.  The flesh of bottle gourd is softer and has bigger seeds.  I came across this vegetable for the first time when…

Spicy Snake Gourd Curry

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon urad dhal 2 teaspoons chana dhal 4-5 dried red chilies 1/4 cup shredded coconut 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed 2 teaspoons cooking oil 1/2 of a small red onion 8 oz snake gourd 1/4 teaspoon tamarind paste Curry leaves 1 cup water Salt to taste Method: Dry roast urad dhal, chana dhal, and…

Fenugreek Leaves Fry (வெந்தய கீரை வறை)

Fenugreek which belongs to the family “Fabaceae” has a bitter taste.  They retain the bitter taste even after cooking.  Fenugreek leaves as well as the fenugreek seeds has a lot of medicinal effects. Mostly Fenugreek is used for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach and inflammation of the stomach.  Back in Sri Lanka,…

Blueberry Coconut Loaf

This fragrant bread recipe should be baked in a 8×4 inch loaf pan.  Since I did not have that size, I baked it in the standard 9×5 inch loaf pan.  The loaf came out a little small but rose well. Ingredients: 1½ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼…

Morning Glory Muffin

Ingredients: 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1/4 cup sunflower seed 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vanilla flavored yogurt 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup cooking oil (canola/vegetable) 1 large egg 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup dried…

Coconut-Passion Fruit Chia Pudding

Last week when I went to buy lunch in one of the deli’s I saw this pudding – Chia Seed Coconut Passion fruit pudding.  I bought it and when I tried, it was heaven.  Immediately I thought I should make this myself.  So I got the fresh passion fruits and made it with trial and…

Fiery Red Thai Curry

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 1 teaspoon light brown sugar 1 cup medium thick coconut milk 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh ginger 1 1/2 cups water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 cup thinly sliced carrots 3/4 cup string beans cut into…

Tropical Pineapple & Coconut Muffins

It’s summer and the warm weather is making me think about all the juicy fresh fruits we get in Sri Lanka.  Pineapple is one of them.  No pineapple will come close to that we get in Sri Lanka – the sweet juicy and strong flavor.  I wanted to make some thing with pineapple and came…