Seafood Laksa

Imanthi, this one’s for you! There’s nothing like a warming bowl of spicy laksa to make your day. This is my ultimate comfort food and comes together in a matter of minutes! Ingredients: 1 tbsp oil 1 red chilli, finely sliced 1 teaspoon garlic paste 3 tbsp Thai red curry paste ( I use Thai Heritage) 1 vegetable/…

Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

I’ve shared a few stir-fry recipes over time on the blog. This is something I made up as I went along. It’s a versatile mix and you can use any vegetables you have with you. I had some beautiful lush green broccoli, so I used that in the stir-fry. However, you can use carrots, beans,…

Spiced Grilled Chicken & Creamy Cauliflower/ Broccoli Bake

This is a super easy meal, perfect for weeknights and only requires a little-ahead prep. If you’re running short on time, you can do it right before you cook. I adapted a recipe from Plays Well With Butter. Since we’re in lock-down here in Sri Lanka, I had plenty of time to allow the chicken…

Raita

Here, in Sri Lanka, as is common is other parts of the subcontinent (Bangladesh, Pakistan and India), biryani is a customary meal, especially during special occasions such as Eid. Biryani to me represents a rich, sumptuous dish, mostly with a meat of your choice: chicken, beef, lamb, mutton. Biryani could even be vegetarian or pescetarian…

Bombay Potatoes

For the Bombay Potatoes, I adapted it from my go-to Indian recipe book- “Best Ever Cook’s Collection: Indian” by Shehzad Hussain and Rafi Fernandez. Ingredients (Bombay Potatoes) 450 grams potatoes 1 teaspoon turmeric 2-3 tablespoons oil 2 dried red chillies 1 spring curry leaves 2 medium onions, finely sliced 2 green chillies, chopped 50 grams,…

Shahi Paneer

“Shahi” means royal, hence the emphasis on creating a rich sauce to pair the paneer with. The incorporation of the cashews give this dish a beautifully sumptuous and creamy sauce, perfectly paired with steamed rice, naan or chapatti. This recipe is perfect for vegans as well and has been adapted from here. 400 grams paneer,…

Beef & Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

Well, here I am under curfew in Sri Lanka, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic unveil across the world. It’s like the world, as we know it, is at a standstill. Although it is normal to feel anxious and worried, it’s important not to panic and only rely on information from official sources, such…

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Traditionally a fall/ winter soup, but the creaminess and warming comfort of a rich, creamy pumpkin soup is one for all times. With pumpkin (වට්ටක්කා) readily abundant in Sri Lanka all year long, you can indulge in this at any time. I roasted the pumpkin, to give it some added texture and flavour. Worked wonders!…

Stir-fried Okra (බණ්ඩක්කා තෙල් දාලා)

In Sinhalese, it is referred to as bandakka (okra) thel dala (stir-fried). 500g tender okra, sliced diagnonally 1 medium onion, sliced 1-2 green chillies, sliced diagonally (You may de-seed the chillies, and/or use red chillies instead) 1 sprig curry leaves 1 tablespoon garlic and ginger paste 1/2 teaspoon tumeric 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1-2 table…

Devilled Fish (මාලු ඩෙවල්)

This is a quick recipe, much like a Lankanized Chinese stir-fry, but spicier with the addition of chillie paste. You could adjust this, based on your spice intake and palate. Commonly, this dish is also referred to as “maalu thel daala” in Sinhala: fish stir-fry. Maalu Thel Daala  500 grams firm white fish, cubed 2…

Brinjal Moju (Pickled Eggplant)

This dish is also called “Batu Pahi” (වම්බටු පැහි) in Sri Lanka. It is a sort of devilled/ pickled eggplant curry, that is delicious as a main/ side dish accompanying the traditional Sri-Lankan meal. 500 grams eggplant, sliced 2-3 green chillies, sliced diagonally 2 large onions, finely sliced 1 tablespoon ginger/ garlic paste 2 sprigs…