Vallarai Keerai Sambol

Our ancestors regularly consumed a wide variety of leafy greens and herbs all with respective health benefits. One such green is the vallarai keerai; known as Indian Pennywort in English. With regular consumption, Vallarai keerai is neuro-protective, increasing attention span and concentration, thus reducing the effects of aging on the brain. It improves blood circulation and is an excellent source Read More …

Sambhar

The past couple weeks have been crazy busy. First baby Vishnu came down with bronchitis, then the older two kids caught throat infections and were home from school for four whole days and I inevitably caught a cold while fasting for Skanda Shasti Viratham. Skanda Shasti Viratham is a six-day fast dedicated to the Hindu God, Murugan who is also referred to Read More …

Sri-Lankan Milk Toffee

Milk Toffee is a popular Sri-Lankan sweet that is often made for birthdays and holidays. It is my dad’s favourite sweet as well as my daughter’s so you can be sure that I make this a lot more than any other sweet. Milk toffee is quite easy to prepare as it requires very little ingredients. The only difficult step, which will improve Read More …

Sri-Lankan Fish Curry

Fish, a staple in most Sri-Lankan households, is often made into a spicy curry, yellow curry, or deep-fried. Fish is also used in addition to potatoes and other spices to make fillings for savoury snacks or appetizers such as cutlets, rolls, and patties. Sri-lankans tend to deep-fry a lot of their foods and although I love Sri-Lankan cuisine I definitely cannot justify using so much oil. I avoid deep-frying as a Read More …