Coconut pancakes

While I was an undergraduate at Peradeniya university a couple of decades ago, I disliked most of the under-cooked meals served at the university canteens. The only stuff I did like were some of the snacks which were delicious and new to me. One such snack was the coconut pancake. I realized afterwards that while it had been quite new to me, it is quite a staple on roadside tea stalls across the country so I refer to it as the Sri Lankan pancake as it is a little different from the regular pancake my mother usually makes at home. I recently mentioned this to my mother and my mother decided to recreate this coconut pancake, the recipe of which I am sharing here. As the coconut pancakes are really yummy, I decided to bring some over to Angie‘s Fiesta Friday #105, co-hosted by Lily and Julianna.

IMG_0088Given that I watched a few Bollywood movies this january, my song choice for this weekend is one from Imtiaz Ali’s movie Tamasha, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. The lyrics of the song was written by Irshad Kamil and music composed by A.R.Rahman and sung by Mohit Chauhan.

Hope you enjoy the song this weekend as you try out the coconut pancakes for brunch!

Coconut pancakes

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Flour – ½ cup
  • Saffron or kesar powder – pinch
  • Salt – pinch
  • Coconut – ½ cup, grated
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla – 1 tsp

Method

  1. Mix the flour, saffron, salt with the coconut milk to make pancake batter. Add  a little water to adjust consistency, if required.
  2. Lightly fry the grated coconut with sugar in a pan until it caramelizes slightly. Remove from heat.
  3. Add vanilla essence to either batter or caramelized coconut.
  4. Scoop the batter onto the pan and make a thin layer. Cover for two minutes and cook over low heat. Flip the pancake and cook for another minute before removing from pan.
  5. After removing the pancake from pan, fill it immediately with the caramelized coconut and roll it.
  6. Serve the coconut pancakes with a hot cup of tea.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.

Pol Sambol

I was going through my pending recipe folder and came across something that a friend had sent two years back and which I had not got around to posting so decided to share it today.

Mass Silva, a friend from my undergrad years, sent me a photo-story of one of his favourite recipes that he enjoys making with his family. So, hope you enjoy his photo-story on making pol sambol in Germany.

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While Mass did not send me the measurements of the ingredients he used in making his pol sambol recipe, for those who are interested, please check my mother’s recipe for making pol sambol which I have shared earlier.

To wrap up this post, I’d like to share a cute song that I came across recently – Wassa Wahinawa.

Have a good week!

Breadfruit Fries

As I mentioned in my earlier breadfruit post, my mother tried out a couple of breadfruit dishes recently. I enjoyed the breadfruit curry but I enjoyed more the breadfruit fries she made. So, this weekend, I’d like to share my mother’s recipe for breadfruit fries and bring it to Angie‘s Fiesta Friday #101, co-hosted by Jhuls and Mr.Fitz.
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I was listening to some Sri Lankan music this week and the song I am sharing today is from the recently released movie Ho Gaana Pokuna (translation: The Singing Pond), directed by Indika Ferdinando and lyrics by Kusumsiri Liyanaarachchi. The film won the Teacher’s Choice Prize in the Chicago international children’s film festival.

Have a lovely weekend!

Breadfruit Fries

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • Breadfruit – 1 cup, chopped
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Curry powder – 1 tsp
  • Ginger, garlic, to taste
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Mix the chopped breadfruit with salt and pepper.
  2. Deep fry the pieces and keep aside.
  3. Chop 1 onion and lightly fry the onion with chopped ginger, garlic and curry leaves in a pan. Add curry powder and salt to taste.
  4. Stir in the deep-fried breadfruit pieces and mix well.
  5. Remove from heat and serve with rice.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.

Breadfruit Curry

I hope 2016 has started out well for all of you.. Wishing you a peaceful year!

My recipe for today is a curry that my mother rarely cooks at home. However, it is quite popular in the south and west of Sri Lanka. Breadfruit is said to have been introduced to Sri Lanka from south-east Asia by the Dutch. Since a friend of my mother’s brought her a breadfruit from their garden, my mother has made a few breadfruit dishes which I have enjoyed.
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So, for today, I am sharing my mother’s recipe for breadfruit curry.
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Breadfruit Curry

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients:

  • Breadfruit – 1 cup, chopped
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ½ tsp
  • Onion – 2 tsp, chopped
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Curry powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste

Method

  1. Boil the chopped and cleaned breadfruit pieces for around 10 mins. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Lightly fry the fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, chopped onion and curry leaves in 1 tsp oil in a pan.
  3. Add the boiled breadfruit pieces to the pan and stir for about 2-3 mins.
  4. Add the milk, curry powder and salt. Mix well before covering the pan.
  5. Cook for around 10 mins over medium heat.
  6. Serve with rice.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.

 

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

This month, I’d like to share my mother’s recipe for chocolate biscuit pudding. A very popular dessert in Sri Lanka, chocolate biscuit pudding is an easy-to-make, delicious dessert that can handle different variations to its layers.

As I enjoy my slice of the pudding today, I wish you all a merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Biscuit pudding

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

  • Servings: 5-6
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • Gold Marie biscuits (or other appropriate biscuit of your choice) – 3 packets (180 g)
  • Milk flavoured with cocoa powder or melted chocolate – 1 cup
  • Plain milk – ¼ cup
  • Margarine – 100g
  • Icing sugar – 250g
  • Vanilla
  • Cashew nuts – 100g

Method

  1. Mix icing sugar and butter. Add the chocolate milk slowly until the mix becomes creamy.
  2. Soak the biscuits in plain milk and line the pyrex dish or dessert pan with a thickness of two biscuits.
  3. Spread the cream over the base layer and sprinkle some of the chopped nuts. Add another layer of biscuits soaked in the plain milk and repeat the process of adding the cream and nuts. The biscuit pudding can have as many layers as you want but 2-3 layers are good.
  4. Spread the remaining cream on top of the dessert. Decorate with strawberries.
  5. Refrigerate for a minimum 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.

Samaposha Curry

My mother prefers breakfast food so even when she cooks delicious meals for the rest of the family, she often has cereals for her main meals. Her favourite cereal changes from time to time and for some time last year, it was samaposha. It is a local cereal brand that is pre-cooked and made from corn, soya, green gram and rice. Samaposha is often eaten as breakfast food or sometimes as a mid-day or evening snack when they are made into little samaposha balls by adding a little water and optional grated coconut and sugar.

During my mother’s samaposha phase, she tried out a couple of dishes using samaposha as the key ingredient. The dish I am sharing today, Samaposha curry, is one such experimental dish and it turned out tasty. I had the recipe in my draft folder for so long that I almost forgot about it until today.
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Samaposha Curry

  • Servings: 3
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • Samaposha – ½ cup
  • Rice flour or wheat flour – 1 tbsp
  • Curry powder – 1 tsp
  • Chopped onion – 1
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coconut milk – ½ cup
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Mix the samaposha, rice or wheat flour, curry powder, some of the chopped onion and salt to taste in a large bowl. Add a little water to make them into balls. Fry them.
  2. Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and lightly fry the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add the fried samaposha balls to the pan and mix before adding the coconut milk and cinnamon powder.
  4. Cover and simmer over low heat for 5 – 10 mins.
  5. Remove from heat and serve warm with roti or rice.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan

Green Beans Curry

I have not been as active on this blog during the past year in comparison to my first year. That was bound to happen at some point. It follows that after a year of much activity on this blog, I was relatively quieter in the last twelve months especially as I was away from home. It did not mean I stopped cooking. On the contrary, I did a lot of cooking much more than I do when I am at home but they were less focused on Sri Lankan recipes and when I did cook something Sri Lankan, I would choose one of my mother’s recipes already posted on this blog. I have been doing a lot of baking and I am delighted that I am now able to make delicious scones and pretty decent rye bread.

Having returned home last month, I look forward to resuming posting on this blog.

Today’s recipe is a simple green beans curry which I really like.

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Green Beans Curry

  • Servings: 3
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • Green beans  – 1 cup, chopped into 1” pieces
  • Onion – ½, chopped
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Coconut milk – ¼ cup

Method:

  1. Fry the chopped green beans, onion, curry leaves and fennel seeds lightly in a little oil for about 2 mins.
  2. Add the water, chilli powder and salt to taste.
  3. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 15 – 20 mins, until cooked.
  4. Add coconut milk and a little chilli powder, if the spice level is not sufficient.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan