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…

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…

Pineapple Zucchini Loaf

I have been longing to make a muffin or loaf with pineapple.  Pineapple is a very common fruit in Sri Lanka and there people even make pineapple curry (when the fruit is not too ripe).  So I was searching on the web for any pineapple loaf/bread/muffin recipes and I came across this recipe on allrecipes.com…

Cranberry Banana Bread

Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour ¾ cup castor sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup cooking oil such as canola oil 3 tablespoons orange juice ½ teaspoon orange peel ½ teaspoon orange essence 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup mashed banana (about 2-3 medium) ½ cup walnuts ½ cup…

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…

Baked Bitter-Gourd Curry (பாவக்காய் கறி)

Ingredients: 6 bitter gourds 3-4 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoons canola oil ½ cup red onion thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic 3-4 dried red chilies 2 teaspoons chili powder ½ cup chopped tomato ½ cup thick coconut milk ¼ cup coconut water 1 cup water ¾ teaspoon tamarind paste (more if needed) Salt to taste…