Okra Curry & Stir-Fried Dried Sprats

Today, I will be sharing two dishes commonly found in Srilankan cuisine: okra curry, which is a white curry, and spicy stir-fried dried sprats. In Sri Lanka, okra (or bandakka as is known locally) is generally prepared in 2 different ways: stir fried (thel daala) and in a white curry (sudata). I have shared the recipe…

Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry

There’s several ways of preparing this curry in Sri Lanka; the most common preparation is as a “white curry”. In Sri Lankan cuisine, white curries are less spicy, prepared to complement the spicier meat/fish curries. Pumpkin, or wattakka in Sinhalese, is also prepared as a spicier curry, incorporating roasted curry powder, which gives this particular preparation…

Taste of Sri Lanka: Vol. IV

This post is on 2 quick and easy Sri Lankan dishes: fried brinjal (eggplant) salad & maalu thel daala (Spicy Stir-fried Fish). The eggplant salad is commonly served as an accompaniment to a rice and curry meal, while the fish is a Sri Lankan take on the typically Asian fish stir-fry. Fried Eggplant Salad 3-4 large eggplants, washed…

Taste of Sri Lanka: Take 3

This post is all about continuing with introducing you further to Sri Lankan cuisine. Although it may seem daunting with the number of different spices and components, a bit of early prep will help make the process a lot easier and much more enjoyable! This post is about a Sri Lankan take on the traditional…

Sri Lankan Part 2: Beetroot and Carrot Curry

As Sri Lankans, curry is an integral part of our meals and the lunch meal consists of several vegetable curries with either a meat/ fish/ egg and of course, rice. I love my veggies and I love mixing them up to make new combinations. Now, beetroot and carrot are among my favourite veggies, so why not…

Taste of Sri Lanka: Part 1

Before I went off to uni 4 years ago, my mother wanted me to “observe” her cooking so that I’d be able to manage while I was away. As I watched her add this spice, and that herb, and this something and that other thing, it all seemed rather daunting and I told her no,…

Salad-licious

Sri Lankan cuisine generally consists of rice, meat/ fish curry and few to several vegetable curries. My mother would always ensure leafy greens and fresh veggies were a stable part of our everyday diet! As a result of this, I rarely leave the grocery store without cucumbers, peppers and herbs such as mint and coriander…