Gotukola / Pennywort Salad

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Gotukola has been used in Asian countries for thousand years. Its used in herbal medicine due to its healing power for so many illnesses.There are many types of gotukola available in Sri Lanka. the one with small leaves leaves believed to be the best. When I was a kid i had hay fever and a monk asked my parents to bring him 5 ponds dried gotukola stems. It was a big task to make 5 pounds. Any how when we supplied he made a powder and I had to have it for an year every morning. I was completely  got cured. So i always trust this as the best herb.

Sri Lankans use gotukola as a green to accompany their rice dishes. Gotukola d can be cooked in many ways. Salad is very popular than all the other ways. So simple and easy to make with several ingredients. I will write about the other ways of cooking gotukola in near future. I have a small patch of gotukola in my back yard even in Australia.

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch gotukola cleaned and washed
  • 1/2 cup of fresh coconut
  • 1 salad onion finely sliced
  • Several green chillies sliced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp. lime juice.
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Cut the gotukola very finely and add the onion, green chillies and fresh coconut

 

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Squeeze the lemon juice and add salt and pepper.Mix well.
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Gotukola salad is ready. Serve with hot plain rice with a curry.

How to make Egg Biriyani in your rice cooker.

Biriyani one of the best rice dishes in the world. I call it a one pot meal. So easy to make in the rice cooker. To adjust the recipe to the busy world I thought of doing it in the rice cooker. Its best if you have a non stick one.  As this is very rich in flavour I used to do it only for a special occasion. Adding butter or ghee makes this dish more richer. Using eggs makes it a bit simple and easy. If you add marinated meat it give more calories.

Its handy to have all these spices in the pantry. Most of the spices use here have lots of medicinal values. The aroma is all over the house  from the start to the end. Eggs should be hard boiled. When you stir make sure to be gentle as it can break so easily.

When I do special rices I all ways try to do with less water. Then it comes out nice and fluffy. The reason why I use a chop stick here is to stir well without giving much pressure to the rice. So there will be no lumpy rice remain when you serve and it helps to mix with all the spices equally.

Instead of eggs you can use meat. The process is very long than with the eggs.  Instead of curd always can swap with sour cream, whipping cream natural or Greek style yoghurt. Saffron is the key ingredient for vibrant colour. So beautiful in colour if you can use the natural saffron than artificial colours. Soak several threads in milk before using. You can buy  good saffron as threads or as the powder.

Selecting rice for this dish is the other thing. When you buy basmati rice for this ask for the premium long grain good quality rice . The long rice gives a nice look to the dish as well as an aroma.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=779rAdBqA8o&w=560&h=315]

 

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Rice
  • 41/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • 3 Tbsp. Cashew
  • Green chills cut in lengthways (optional)
  • 1 -2 Inches cinnamon
  • Several cloves
  • Several cardamoms
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic and Ginger
  • Hand full of mint leaves
  • Hand full of coriander  leaves
  • 1tsp. Garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp. Coriander powder
  • Butter
  • Saffron powder
  • 1 cup curd
  • Enough no of  boiled Eggs
  • All about table spoon full, cumin seeds, coriander powder, chilli powder,, saffron powder

Method

  1. Add part of the butter in to the rice cooker pan or a pot and Add some cumin seeds.
  2. Let it splutter and  add the spices in the last raw of the ingredients list.
  3. Fry the spices and add the boiled eggs and stir to coat with the spices. Fry several minutes. Take out on to a plate and leave aside.
  4. Now add the  rest of the butter in to the rice cooker and fry all the spices with cashew and raisins.
  5. Add the rice and fry the rice to get coated with the spices about  3-4 minutes. After add the water.
  6. Close the lid. Once cooked , use a chop stick or something similar to stir well.
  7. After add the eggs stir carefully and close the lid for another 5 minutes.
  8. Ready to serve with a home made chutney or a pickle.

 

 

 

 

How to Make Falooda (????? )

Falooda is one of the most beautiful drink that you can find almost every restaurant in Sri Lanka. Almost every day is a warm day there and falooda has a good market every day. Not only that its very popular in India and some several other countries.The unique taste to its own, make this drink a real time favourite to any one. The colour of the drink is very attractive too. Not only it helps stop the thirst it can stop your hunger too.

I have uploaded a recipe about royal falooda too. Its not only a drink its a dessert  too..There is a little bit of difference in these too drinks. if you cant find the Basil seeds or the casa casa seeds try to find chia. Chia is very popular these days and easy to find all around the world.

Instead of milk you can always use the condensed milk. The only thing is will be a bit more sweeter then. If you like more colour you can colour the vermicelli too.

When making the rose syrup or the sherbet syrup make sure to taste it as the rose essence is very strong than the rose water.

Try making your own falooda at home. I am sure that you will be thinking of  making it again and again after.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PgbMzRW82w&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • Milk
  • Soaked Basil seeds/ chia seeds
  • Sherbet syrup
  • 2 Different flavours of Jelly
  • Ice cream
  • Cooked & chilled vermicelli

How to Make the rose syrup/Sherbet Syrup

  • 100g sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1tsp rose essence
  • 2 Tblsp rose water
  • Pink Food colouring

Method

  • Boil water with sugar and rose essence and then add colouring. Simmer for 5 minutes and store in fridge.
  • Prepare everything and leave in fridge to chill.
  • Take a tall glass and add Milk.
  • Add sherbet syrup, vermicelli and jelly.
  • After add basil or chia seeds, & Finish with a scoop of ice cream.
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Royal falooda (????? ?????)

Falooda is one of the most beautiful drink that you can find almost every restaurant in Sri Lanka. Almost every day is a warm day there and falooda has a good market every day. The unique taste to its own, make this drink a real time favourite to any one. The colour of the drink is very attractive too. Not only it helps stop the thirst it can stop your hunger too.

I have uploaded a recipe about falooda too. Its not only a drink its a dessert  too.. when you select fruit and dried fruits for the falooda think about the taste as well as the colour. Colours plays a major part of this dessert. So if you choose dates like me it need to be fresh or if dried needs to wash and soak before cutting.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kBxDmZmhS4&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • Milk
  • Soaked Basil seeds/ chia seeds
  • Sherbet syrup
  • 2 Different flavours of Jelly
  • Ice cream
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruits
  • Cooked & chilled vermicelli

How to Make the rose syrup/Sherbet Syrup

  • 100g sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1tsp rose essence
  • 2 Tblsp rose water

Method

  •  Boil water with sugar and rose essence and then add colouring. Simmer for 5 minutes and store in fridge.
  • Prepare all the other ingredients everything and leave in fridge to chill.
  • Take a tall glass and add ice cream.
  • Add sherbet syrup, milk, vermicelli and jelly.
  • After add basil or chia seeds, dried fruit and more milk.
  • After add fresh fruit, jelly, basil seeds and fresh fruits.
  • Finish with a scoop of ice cream.

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Sri Lankan Boiled Bitter gourd Curry

karawila or bitter gourd is a very common vegetable in Asian countries. According to the Aurvedic medicine it has lots of health benefits. When we were kids we didn’t like the bitter taste at all. But after getting to know the value we started eating it. There are several types of bitter gourd. Dark green, small, and long ones. You can cook it in to a curry in different ways as well as can eat raw as a salad. The most tastier one is the fried salad .

Bitter melon juice benefits include helping to overcome type 2 diabetes.Bitter melon is very low in calories, carrying just 17 calories per 100 g.It is high in vitamin C too. To introduce bitter melon to us my mum used to tell about how you can improve health and skin conditions after eating bitter melon/gourd. So we used to swallow them with out biting to get the results. When I remember those days still I can laugh.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epqW_LgQpW4&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Bitter gourds
  • Goraka (Garcinia Cambodia)
  • Garlic (Several Cloves)
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • Several Chillies sliced
  • 1/2 Tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp raw curry powder
  • 1 Tblsp Maldive fish flakes
  • curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Pandan Leaves
  • 1 Cup Coconut milk
  • Oil (1-2 Tblsp)

Method

  1. Add the bitter gourd in to a pot  and pour water to cover .
  2. Add salt and goraka in to that and boil until well cooked.
  3. Take out and leave to cool down. Later cut in length ways.
  4. Into  a pot add some oil add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, pandan leaves, onion garlic, and Maldive fish flakes. Cook until it releases the aroma.
  5. Next add the spices to roast in the oil.
  6. After add coconut oil. Bring to the boil. Add tomato goraka or tamarind to get more sourness.
  7. Add the cut bitter gourd and cook until the gravy is thick.
  8. Serve hot with plain rice.

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Spinach and Ricotta stuffed Flat Bread

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZFZVwuUzb4&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 450g  PlainFlour
  • Enough water to Knead
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 2 Tblsp Margarine/butter/oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp vinegar

For the Filling

  • 3 Packets spinach
  • 500g Ricotta
  • 100g Feta
  • Herbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  1. Add flour, baking powder, margarine, salt with vinegar to a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well and add water to make a smooth dough. ( don’t make it very soft or very hard)
  3. Leave it on the bench (Out side)to rest.
  4. Next start mixing the filling. Add all to a bowl. Mix well. Leave aside.
  5. After cut the dough as you wish.
  6. Make balls and roll to a circle.
  7. Put the filling in the middle.
  8. Shallow fry or just pan fry. ( On a low heat)

Simple and Easy Potato flat Bread/ Potato Scones

This is a very simple flat bread that you can try. All you need is some potatoes and flour. Assemble them together and cook in a pan. Make a simple sipping gravy or a curry to assemble or even goes well with butter cheese or jam.

You can boil the potatoes a head and use when you want. take only less than 20 minutes to do this.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBvpr4halVs&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 600 g Boiled Potatoes
  • 200 g Plain flour
  • 2 Tblsp Baking Powder
  • Salt to your taste
  • 3 Tblsp Oil

Method

  • Boil the potatoes
  • Peel and mash. ( do not need to mash very fine).
  • Add salt, baking powder and mix well.
  • Next add the flour and knead well.While kneading add oil. Cut the dough in to 4 parts.
  • Make balls out from each.
  • flatten it using a rolling pin. ( don’t make it very thin)
  • cut the rolled flatten dough to 4 parts as shown in the video.
  • cook on a pan both sides until golden brown.
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