Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Go Nuts with Cashew Nut Curry - Kaju Maluwa ! Sri Lanka's Culinary world...

Snowballs are thrown in the air

Piling up in enormous mounds

School is cancelled for the day

Children run outside to play

Snowballs are thrown in the air

No one has any care

About school-only fun

Because the day is a snowy one

Snowmen are stacked very high

Their top hats almost skim the sky

To make them round they must pat

Then finish off with mittens and hat

As the weather gets cold

The children are told

To come inside and eat

Hot chocolate with a couple treats

Once the kids are done

They put on their gear for some more fun

Some of them play around

While other kids just lay on the ground

Another kid makes snow angels

Until the dog named Bojangles

Ran through his masterpiece

But then the owner yelled cease

After Bojangles

Ruined all the snow angels

Kids slid down the hill

‘Til they were bitten by a chill

Almost over is the day

The children start to walk away

As snow falls, so does the sun

Time to go in, the day is done

By Sam D (12 yr old girl)

Poem Source: Snow Day, Snow Poems http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/

Here I am again with one of the most famous dish from Sri Lanka....served on a very special occasions like weddings , Parties and arms-giving ceremonies...! when I saw this recipe here ...I instantly had this sudden urge to make it straight away...because I love to use nuts wherever possible in my cooking...


Nuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium. Nuts are also high in plant sterols and fat - but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 - the good fats) which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol....

Researchers found that people who eat nuts regularly have lower risks of heart disease. In 1996, the Iowa Women's Healthy Study found that women who ate nuts >4 times a week were 40% less likely to die of heart disease. Two years later, another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found a similar result in another group of women subjects. Furthermore, potential heart health benefits of nuts were also found among men. In 2002, the Physician's Health Study found that men who consumed nuts 2 or more times per week had reduced risks of sudden cardiac death.

Read more on nuts here

Please look at Cashew nut Curry here..I haven't made any changes there....!
The verdict from my family very positive and it would definitely stay on our menu for the future....

Sunday, 21 November 2010

How to Freeze Fresh Coconut ?

Open the coconut and remove the  Coconut meat.

Use a grater to grate the coconut.

Place the greated coconut in the freezer bag and squeez all the air from the bag before sealing it.Always leave a little room at the top so the coconut can expand when frozen.

Seal the bag and place the coconut in the freezer. 



Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Sri Lanka's Culinary World - Coconut Roti (POL ROTTI)

My daughter  " MUM, EXPECTATIONS  FROM YOU HAVE GONE SKY HIGH AFTER TASTING THIS DISH ".....so what was it that I made that brought these type of  compliments ?....Well I am about to tell you now....

Me and My family love to try many many different dishes from around the world....I make it once as a trial and if we all enjoy it then only then it becomes a regular menu....recently I have had an interest in everything about Sri Lanka....it's culture, food and entertainment.....list can go on and on...

Sri Lankan cooking has its own unique and distinctive set of dishes and flavours....somewhere between Indian and Thai cooking style...while I was browsing the net, particularly this recipe caught my attention and I thought I have to try it out...and I am glad it's been approved by the family so POL ROTI IS GOING ON OUR MENU...!!

You will need :-
  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup fresh scrapped coconut
  • 4-5 green chillies crushed
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • water
method :-
In a large bowl mix flour, coconut, salt, onions, butter, and chilies. Mix thoroughly until pieces of onion and green chilies are coated with flour. Add water and mix to a suitable consistency. Divide the dough in to 8 equal balls.Flatten them to get a round rotti.( I tried a diffrent shape) You can decide the size of the rotti at this point either by fully flattening to achieve a crispy rotti, or by leaving it thicker. Heat a frying pan and add some butter to it. Fry rotties on both sides.  Serve with any curry or chutney...I served mine with Indian curry...Enjoy as much as my family did...

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sprouted Beans and Cornflakes Chivda ~ Diwali Celebration ! Kem Cho?

Every Diwali brings lots of Joy, Happiness and sweet memories of my childhood....Every Diwali I tell my children how we siblings used to enjoy those days with lots food , new clothes and of course Fireworks !!!!! Here in UK we do have a great celebration of Diwali, but you still miss India....! In those unforgettable memories for me  food always comes first...I do try and keep Diwali very very traditional here too...Used to make so many sweets and savouries but now days keeping our health in mind I do take it easy.... not making so many rich and sweet dishes...However I can't resist making this Crunchy, Sweet , Spicy and Sour Chivda or Chevdo....My mum used to make this chivda and I remember even after Diwali we used to munch for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner..:)....After getting married  I tried so many times I made this one and it is all time big hit in my family...

So what is Chivda?
Chivda is a crunchy, salty Indian snack mix based on flattened rice...

There are many different takes on what to added to the flattened rice..Some recipes call for thick flattened rice, some for thin. Some recipes omit the rice entirely, and base it on cornflakes...

One from the Gujarat area might include Sugar, nuts, dried fruits, and fried potato straws, as well as spices such as turmeric, coriander, cumin and asafoetida.Another version uses mustard seed, curry seed, dried chiles, peanuts, and curry leaves.

You will need :-
  • 200 g Sprouted Green Moong Beans
  • 100 g Moth ( Matki ) Brown Beans
  • 100 g Cornflakes Chivda (Raw)..please dont use CORNFLAKES CEREAL....you can buy this cornflakes in any Indian store
  • 75 g Peanuts Unsalted
  • 75 g Cashewnuts
  • 100 g Almonds
  • 50 g Sultanas
  • 100 g  Thin Sev (Spicy Noodles)...you can make at home or buy from store ( I made at home )
  • Few springs curry leaves washed
  • 5-6 green Chillies ( Chopped )
  • 3-4 tbsp caster sugar (adjust your liking)
  • 1 tsp crushed citric acid ( LIMBU NA PHOOL)
  • Salt to taste
  • Garam Masala, Red chilly powder and CHAAT MASALA ( according to your taste)
  • Oil to deep fry

First Heat oil in a deep fry pan on a medium heat. When oil is ready to fry add beans in a round Sieve and fry them untill they are crunchy...(make sure you keep stiring to cook evenly) about 3-4 minutes. Now fry cornflakes same way..but cornflakes will puff immediately. Drain the oil from cornflakes with the help of a sieve and put it over tissue paper ..Fry all cornflakes let the tissue paper soak extra oil from them.

keep mixing these stuff in a big plate or bowl...On a slow heat now fry peanuts and almonds....add these stuff in bowl too...Turn the heat off and fry curry leaves and curry patta. Now add all the remaining stuff to cornflakes and beans.  Mix really well...When cooled keep it in an air tight containers.

Enjoy as much as My family did...

Friday, 5 November 2010


May the joy, cheer,

Mirth and merriment

Of this divine festival

Surround you forever.

May the happiness,

That this season brings

Brighten your life

And, hope the year

Brings you luck and

Fulfills all your dearest dreams!

Happy deepavali

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Lapsi ~ Broken Wheat Sweet

Hi Friends !

Hope you all had a lovely DHANTERAS !

Dhanteras marks the first day of five-days-long Diwali Festival. Dhanteras Festival, also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November). In the word Dhanteras, "Dhan" stands for wealth. On Dhanteras Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Hence Dhan Teras holds a lot more significance for the business community.

Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. "Lakshmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans ir devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya. ( Source : diwalifestival.org )

In Gujarat on this festive day which is Dhanteras most households  make Lapsi ( Sweet ) as a good luck measure for the coming year...it's very old tradition, which is being going through family generation...Lapsi is a Gujarati sweet dish.. It is easy to prepare and is usually made using broken wheat also call it Fada Lapsi...if you try to make traditional way takes lots of time..which I don't have..I do have shortcut in mind which brings equally good results, to save a lot of time I use the pressure Cooker simple as that...

You will need :-
  • 1 cup Broken Wheat ( lapsi )
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • A few strands of saffron.
  •  green cardamom powdered 
  •  A handful of almonds flakes & chopped pistachios, mixed
  • A handful of raisins and cashew nuts
  • few Cinnamon sticks

Method :-
Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and add Cinnamon sticks, cashew nuts and raisins.. fry few seconds and add wheat..roast for few minutes or till light brown..now add hot water and close the lid..after 3 whistles let the pressure cooker cool down.  open the lead and add the sugar..let it cook till sugar water goes away..mix well...turn the heat off and garnish with almonds and chopped pistachios...Serve warm or cold...

sending this to Mina's event COMPLETE MY THALI - SWEETS (MITHAI) started by ME