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…

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…

Soy Chunks in Cashew Sauce

Lately I have been trying curry dishes with different nut sauces.  Normally I use regular milk or soy milk.  But soy milk does not give the same flavor as much as the regular milk or coconut milk.  For this recipe I thought of making a sauce with cashew nuts.  Since cashew nuts has a soft…

Broccoli with Kidney Beans

Broccoli with kidney beans, sounds strange.  I had a small bunch of broccoli which needed to be cooked since it started wilting.  So I thought of many ways to cook a new dish with broccoli.  I thought of potatoes and broccoli, tofu and broccoli, and kidney beans and broccoli.  For some reason I thought of…

Bottle Gourd in Almond Sauce

Bottle gourd – I never ate this vegetable when I was growing up, I don’t the reason – may be my mom never liked and never cooked or they thought it does not have any taste.  Yes, compared to other vegetable this is quite bland and watery taste.  But after coming to the united states,…

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…

Potatoes and Eggplant in Fried Onion

Ingredients: 4 small potatoes 4 small eggplants 1 small red bell pepper 1 tablespoon oil 1 small onion strand of curry leaves  ½ teaspoon coriander seeds ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds 3 cloves garlic ½ inch piece of ginger 1 teaspoon crushed red chilies Salt to taste Method: Bring water to boil in…

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…

Spicy String Bean Curry

Ingredients: ½ lb string beans ½ cup red onions thinly sliced 2-3 cloves garlic chopped into small pieces 2 small tomatoes chopped 1 teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon curry powder 1 ½ cups water 4 dried red chilies broken into 2pieces Strand of curry leaves Method: Wash and cut string beans into one-inch pieces. In…