Showing posts with label sri lanka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sri lanka. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

April New Year & Sri Lankan Food Culture

April is a festive month in Sri Lanka as we celebrate New Year in April. Usually the date falls on 13th or 14th April and both Sinhalese Buddhists and Hindus celebrate this New Year.I just thought of sharing some photos from last year New Year as I spent the New Year in Sri Lanka.Although there are lot of things to share,here is a brief of April New Year & Sri Lankan Food Culture.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Mung Guli (A Sri Lankan Traditional Sweet)

Mung Guli (A Sri Lankan Traditional Sweet)
Mung Guli (A Sri Lankan Traditional Sweet)

Mung Guli is a traditional Sri Lankan sweet which is almost similar to Mung Kavum. Both are almost similar, mung kavum is diamond in shape where mung guli shape is a ball. In April we celebrate New Year in Sri Lanka and this is the time where most of the authentic sweets come into the dining table.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Nelum Ala Kalu Pol (Lotus root Curry Sri Lankan Recipe)

Nelum Ala Kalu Pol (Lotus root Curry Sri Lankan Recipe)
Sri Lankan Recipe-Nelum Ala Kalu Pol

Though Sri Lankan Recipes are the most popular posts in Food Corner, I couldn’t share a Sri Lanka recipe for few weeks. Finally, today I am with a Sri Lankan recipe on how to cook lotus roots.(Nelum ala).I’ve shared a lotus root curry recipe earlier, but today recipe is on how to cook it with toasted coconut. In Sri Lanka, we call recipes with toasted coconut as kalu pol recipes. If you’ve checked, wattakka kalu pol maluwa is a popular recipe in Food Corner and of course it is a popular Sri Lankan dish at our home too.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A Sri Lankan Buffet at Kataragama

One of the best ways to explore a new place is its food. Although I am a Sri Lankan, I love to try Sri Lankan food from different places when we are in a holiday. This time it is about food of Southern parts of Sri Lanka. We had our visit to that part in previous holiday and as most of you know, I already started to blog about my memories from Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Glimpse of a Sri Lankan Home Garden

Cashew Tree

Whenever we visit Sri Lanka, I enjoy my time in the home garden. Not only flowers, there are some vegetables and fruits are there and we are lucky to enjoy some fresh fruits and vegetables during our stay there.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Hambanthota Kalu Dodol- A Sri Lankan Sweet and Sweet Memories

Hambanthota Kalu Dodol
Kalu Dodol

Kalu Dodol is a popular sweet in Sri Lanka. Hambantota, a district in Southern province of Sri Lanka is famous for this special sweet meet and of course Hambantota kalu dodol still keep its unique taste.

During last November, I was in Sri Lanka for a holiday and fortunate to visit Southern parts of Sri Lanka. With the roots to southern Sri Lanka, we spent most of our school holidays in our grandparents homes and I have lot of nice memories in this special part of the tiny island Sri Lanka. This time, I visited southern Sri Lanka with lot of memories and eager to experience most of my favourite food & places.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Can you Scrape Coconut for a Competition?

Can you Scrape Coconut for a Competition?These ladies can and they are from Sri Lanka!

Do you use coconut milk for your cooking? In Sri Lanka, most of our cooking is associated with coconut milk.We also use coconut oil and grated coconut. Usually we get coconut milk by scraping coconut. This freshly squeezed coconut milk is always delicious and that adds good aroma and taste for the Sri Lankan dishes.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Tofu Roti - A New Face to Sri Lankan Pol Roti

Tofu Roti - A New Face to Sri Lankan Pol Roti
Tofu Roti - A New Face to Sri Lankan Pol Roti

Tofu is a soy product which is often used as an alternative for meat specially by vegetarians. However considering the benefits of tofu, it is not only a favourite vegetarian food, but it is heavily consumed by most of the non-vegetarians too.

I tried tofu in different recipes, specially to get some Sri Lankan taste. Once I tried tofu in a curry and another time I used tofu in a salad. However, with its soft texture, finally I decided to try a recipe hiding tofu inside the ingredients. This tofu roti is a result of it.

Friday, 23 January 2015

How to Make Chili Powder

How to Make Chili Powder
Homemade Chili powder

Homemade Chili Powder is always the best for any spicy dish. We ,in Sri Lankan cuisine, use much chili powder. So I thought that it would be helpful if I share the chili powder recipe as we make it in Sri Lanka.

Red chili is an essential ingredient for Sri Lankan cooking. In a typical Sri Lankan kitchen, we use it as red dried chili, chili powder and as crushed chili flakes. Usually dried red chilies are used for tempering. Red chili powder is for curries and chili flakes are for stir fries.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wedding Buffet at Hotel Chaaya Tranz-Hikkaduwa

Recently we spent a holiday in Sri Lanka and lucky enough to attend to a wedding of one of my cousins. The venue was Hotel Chaaya Tranz, Hikkaduwa. It was a decent & elegant wedding and a nice time for us as we could meet some of relatives and friends.

Today I thought of sharing some of the captures from the Buffet.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sri Lankan Chinese Rolls

Sri Lankan Chinese Rolls

Sri Lankan food is rich with different type of recipes and influenced by many other Asian foods. Chinese dishes take a great place. This is one of the Sri Lankan recipes influenced by Chinese cuisine. However, now this is purely Sri Lankan although these Chinese rolls have its roots to Spring rolls, which is a popular Chinese food.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Simple Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry

Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry

This is a simple and easy Beetroot curry from Sri Lanka.I cook beetroot in this method when I am in a hurry to cook. When it is cooked in thick coconut milk as a dry curry, it tastes much and well goes with plain rice. I really like to add the leaves of the beet to the curry. But most of the time I can’t find beetroots with the leaves.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Easy Egg Salad

Easy Egg Salad

I usually add salads to our meal simply because; it is fresh, easy and healthy. Sometimes I add hard boiled eggs too. In this egg salad, I added hard boiled eggs to a tomato, onion and green chili mix.It was fine.Just keep in mind to not to overcook the eggs. Once overcooked, the yolk looks darker and tastes different. It is not appealing too.
When I want to hard boil eggs, I simply use the steamer part of the Rice Cooker and steam it when I cook rice. Once rice is cooked, I remove the steamer from the rice cooker and rinse the eggs under cool water. In this way I prevent eggs from overcooking. 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Pol Sambola in a Traditional Sri Lankan Kitchen

Pol Sambola is one of the must try foods in Sri Lanka. It is spicy but well goes with many of Sri Lankan food. Actually it is a coconut relish prepared with chili and onion which is really easy to make in a modern kitchen. Just add everything in to an electric blender & grind till smooth! But, still,I like the traditional style of preparing of Pol Sambola. Even in a modern Sri Lankan kitchen, we have most of Sri Lankan traditional cooking equipment such as Grinding stone and mortar & Pestle.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Pol Roti with Mung Beans Flour

In Sri Lankan cuisine,Pol Roti (Coconut Roti) plays an important role as an easy breakfast recipe. Even this is good for dinner. Earlier I shared the traditional Sri Lankan recipe for pol roti with step by step pictures. Please check that post for the step by step photos on how to make Sri Lankan Pol roti.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Colombo to Anuradhapura Road Trip

I was on a holiday in Sri Lanka. It was a sudden arrangement and even I didn’t get time to arrange few blog posts. Anyway, still I couldn’t share the memories from our December visit to Sri Lanka. We had a holiday in Sri Lanka during last December too. It was a nice time and we could visit few places while enjoying time with family and friends. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country to travel and there are lots of places to visit. Specialy,  historical and ancient places together with theme parks, sandy beaches and rain forests. There are lots of foods to try in Sri Lanka from fresh fruits to rice and curry to snacks.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Thumba Kariwila Curry-(Spiny Gourd)

Thumba Kariwila Curry

Do you cook this Bitter gourd type? We call it as ‘Thumba Kariwila’ in Sri Lanka. However, what we found in Sri Lanka is smaller in size. Sometimes we find this vegetable in Little India –Singapore, those are little bit bigger than the ones we find in Sri Lanka.I cook it with tomato and coconut milk. It is good in taste and well goes with plain rice and other sides.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

My Holiday in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Flowers
Happy New Year 2014!
I am almost delay with my greetings for a new year,anyway this is going to be my 1st post for this new year.Hope you all enjoyed the new year day.We were in Sri Lanka from last December and enjoyed a holiday of more than 1 month.This time,with our newborn,we couldnt visit much places,but manage to have few visits to some of ancient sites of Sri Lanka.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Polos Curry with Grated Coconut

Polos Curry with Grated Coconut(baby jackfruit)

Polos Curry recipe again? yes,you heard it right,but this recipe is bit different from my previous Polos Recipe(Aka Polos ambula).Here I used toasted fresh coconut,so the gravy of the curry is rich and creamy.As a typical Sri Lankans, we are big fans of Polos curry(baby jackfruit curry). 
I found this recipe from my mom during her visit to Singapore last month.When she was cooking,she toasted some coconut and added it to the curry.Her curry looked a bit darker than mine because she toasted coconut until dark brown,but still tasted much!Anyway,I toasted slightly and wanted a brownish appearance in my Polos curry.When you cook,you can decide the colour and remember,don't over toast and burn coconut!!!
In Sri Lanka we can easily find jackfruit in any form,the baby one to mature or ripen fruit.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Sri Lankan winged bean stir fry (Dambala Thel Dala )

Sri Lankan winged bean stir fry (Dambala Thel Dala )

Sri Lankan recipe-Dambala Thel Dala
winged bean stir fry

Winged Beans (Dambala) are a protein packed vegetable which I always like to use in my dishes.Other than Protein,it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Do you know, it is even rich with calcium? This is also known as four angled beans.In Sri Lanka,we even consume the leaves of this plant.