Sri Lanka has a wonderful cuisine, layered of course by the cultural backgrounds of the inhabitants. The South Indian influence is strong, and many dishes are similar to the cuisines of Tamil Nadu, but with a twist bought about by local ingredients. This is an Okra Curry, a simple one with only green chillies to spice it, and the okra are simmered in coconut milk. Easy to make and beautiful to eat.
Oh the joy of Okra, and in this dish they are quickly cooked so remain crisp and crunchy. They say that okra is good for your brain cells, so eat as many as you can! We have focused on okra recently, so there will be an ever increasing set of recipes for you to choose from.
You can also make this dish with asparagus or broccoli.
Look for okra in your local Asian and Indian shops, even Asian-owned green grocers. You will get them more cost-effectively there – about 25% of the price you might pay elsewhere.
Are you looking for other Okra dishes? Read more about Okra here. Then try Sri Lankan Okra in Coconut Milk, Okra with Onions Subzi, Ladyfingers Masala, Okra Stuffed with Onions, Warm Salad of Charred Okra, and Okra with Mustard Oil.
Cabbage doesn’t feature often on our menu, and there is no real reason that that should be the case. I love it raw and cooked (if cooked properly).
Cabbage is much more than what English-influenced cuisines tend to recognise, and it matches well with chilli, coconut, ginger, mustard seeds, fennel and other flavourings more common in other cuisines.
In this recipe we take some of those flavourings in a dish that will lift your respect for this green vegetable, and, can I say it? Make your winter a little brighter!
Green Mango season brings such a welcome addition to the menu. Coming in Spring, its tang is a delight after the heavier flavours of Wintery cold weather. For this dish I chose a sweet-sour green mango, and it is perfect. A sour green mango would work well too.
If you are after all of the Green Mango recipes, explore here. We also have other recipes from Kerala to browse. You might like to read more about Green Mangoes. Our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials here. Or take some time to browse all our Mid Summer recipes.
Another beautiful Mung Bean recipe, a soup from Jaffna in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan in its origins, this Mung Dal recipe from Jaffna is quick and lovely. The recipe is from that lovely cookbook of South Indian and Jaffna / Sri Lankan cooking – A Monk’s Cookbook by the monks from the Hindu Aadheenam on Kauai in Hawaii (you can download it here).
Mung in all of its forms is a favourite of ours – whole beans, split dal, hulled or unhulled. The gentleness of its texture and flavour always makes one feel loved and nourished. With a flavour that is just a little on the sweet side, even hardened lentil-haters will love Mung.
Or simply browse all of our Mung recipes, and our Dal recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and Indian Essentials here. Or take some time to explore our Late Spring recipes. Continue reading “Mung Dal with Coconut Milk | Sri Lankan Style”
This salad can be made with white or red radish, jicama (yam bean) or kohlrabi. It is crunchy and delicious and full of spicy tropical flavours.
Crunchy vegetables are just made for summer time lazy eating, and this salad is perfect. In fact it can be made at any time of the year, using red or white radish, kholrabi and/or Jicama. As at least one of these vegetables is in season at most times of the year, there can be no excuse!
Tangy and lovely, an Indian breakfast dish.
Poha, or Pohe, a glorious food made by steaming and rolling rice to produce a flattened version of rice. It is very popular in South India, Maharashtria and Konkan regions of India. It also forms the basis of great snacks for those times when you just need to graze on something rather than have a full meal.
There are several different thicknesses of poha – Nylon (very thin and crisp), Paper, Thin, Medium, Thick and Dagdi (thick and chewy). There are also poha types made from red rice and brown rice. For this dish, you want to use a white, thick poha, it gives a better result. Medium can also be used.
This dish can be used for either breakfast or snack. It is a quick, no-cook dish, except for the tadka. Because it is a cold dish it is perfect for our Summers. It takes less than half an hour to make, and you can make it in just 5 mins if you presoak the poha and tamarind, and drain the poha.
Or browse all of the Poha recipes and all of our Breakfast dishes. Explore our collection of Indian Recipes. Or simply take some time to browse our Mid Summer dishes. Continue reading “Kolache Poha | Flattened Rice with Coconut, Tamarind and Jaggery”
Another delicious recipe from Kerala.
There is something amazing about aubergine. Not only their colours and shininess, their taste varies from dish to dish. This recipe is from Kerala, a coastal Western state of India, where coconuts and bananas abound. Kerala is an amazing state, cleaner than many others with a very high literacy rate, and the only communist state in India. It is an easy state to be in, to visit and stay in, and the food is as good as anywhere. Several of my favourite Indian dishes come from Kerala.
Aubergines cooked in Coconut has a beautiful and flavoursome base of onions, garlic, ginger & spices, which is turned into a sauce with coconut milk. The sautéed aubergines soak up the sauce and the thickened gravy coats the pieces.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Pineapple Pulissery.
All of the Kerala recipes are here, and our Eggplant Recipes here. The inspiration for this recipe is Madhur Jaffrey and you can see her recipes here. Browse all of our Indian dishes. Or simply explore our Late Summer dishes.
Sago is back in fashion!
Sago is back in fashion! It is wonderful when it is paired with enough lemon juice that it is tangy, and enough jaggery that it is sweet, and swimming in coconut milk. A truly delicious and cooling dessert, just made for hot weather. It can be served hot, cold and at room temperature.
There is a similar recipe from the Retro Recipe Series on this site’s sister site, Heat in The Kitchen, but it has been updated here with changes in technique. It is a bit simpler, too. The recipe appears there as part of the Retro Recipes series.
This Coconut Rice will have you hooked from the moment you start cooking. The aroma is awesome and the taste is heavenly. Straight from Bali to you, for you.
An aromatic rice that will have all of your neighbours coming to your door hoping for a taste of this beautiful rice. A Balinese recipe that I bought back with me from a food trip to Bali.