Traditional Milk Payasam

Payasam, similar to rice pudding, is made with tapioca and sometimes broken pieces of vermicilli boiled in milk and sugar. It is typically served as dessert after vegetarian meals but I remember my mom used to make this for me when I was sick and refused to eat anything but it. I haven’t made payasam in awhile mainly because until Read More …

Pineapple Rava Kesari (Semolina Pudding)

Rava Kesari is a popular sweet made from semolina, sugar and ghee. It is actually one of the first sweets that I had the confidence to master, due to its simplicity. There are so many different versions of this easy sweet dish but my favourite is the pineapple kesari, made with either fresh pineapple or canned pineapple chunks. Kesari is always Read More …

Vegetable Biryani

With Tamil New Year almost upon us I thought I would share my recipe for vegetable biryani. This aromatic and flavourful rice dish usually accompanies holidays such as Tamil New Year and Diwali as well as birthdays, family gatherings, and special dinners. As with any biryani you make at home from scratch, you can expect a long list of ingredients and some prep Read More …

Sri-Lankan-Style Red Lentil Curry

Red Lentil Curry affectionately known as parippu amongst Tamils, is a simple dish that accompanies vegetarian meals and sometimes non-vegetarian ones as well. The preparation of this infamous comfort food varies from home to home although the main ingredient remains the same. My mom tempers dried red chillies along with onions and spices in her version and I use fresh green chillies in mine. Regardless of how it is prepared, Read More …

Making Sweet Pongal for Thai Pongal

In light of Thai Pongal this Friday I am sharing my sweet pongal recipe. I actually jotted down the recipe as I prepared a small batch over the weekend. As I have mentioned before the way I learned to cooked Sri-Lankan cuisine was by trial and error — throwing things into a pot while using my hands as measuring tools. When I first moved out of Read More …

Falafels

Falafels are a popular Middle-Eastern food made of chickpeas or fava beans, that is recognized and enjoyed worldwide. These ball-shaped and deep-fried fritters are full of flavour and protein, making them a great alternative to meat. Whether eaten in a pita pocket with fresh tomatoes and cucumber, or topped with salads, pickled vegetables, and tahini sauce, falafels make for one delicious meal. The Read More …