Naaran Kavum /Pol kavum (Sweet coconut balls)

In some parts of Sri Lanka Pol kavum or the Naran Kavum are very famous during the new year. Coconut is common in every part of Sri Lanka and people love to eat any thing infused or mixed with coconut.
I read an article about the values of coconut. Its amazing to know every detail about consuming coconut and how it keep the people away from dementia.
The shape of the mandarine, gave these sweet treats the name naran kavum.Naran is the name in Sinhala language for Mandarines.

Making these beautiful little balls take no time at all. If you are not sure about making other sweets you can make these with out any practice at all. Coconut and the treacle is the main ingredient in these sweets.If you are using fresh coconut you need to cook it until no liquid remaining at all to keep it longer. The treacle will absorb in to the coconut and will make it brownish in colour giving a different look.

So fry them in the batter until golden brown and after cooling down store in air tight containers.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iozF6n1ZShM&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup water ( will need more for the batter)
  • 1/2 Cup freshly grated coconut
  • 100g Rice Flour ( will need more for the batter)
  • 100g Brown Sugar
  • Crushed cardamon Seeds
  • Turmeric powder
  • Salt.

Method.

  • Into a pot add sugar, cardamon, and water and cook several minutes.
  • Add the coconut cook several minutes.
  • Add rice flour little by little until it forms a nice smooth paste.
  • Transfer it a bowl and leave it to cool down.
  • Make the batter adding, water to the remaining rice flour and turmeric powder.
  • Make balls out of the coconut. And dip in batter.
  • Deep fry it until golden brown.
  • Cool on paper towels before storing.

Sri Lankan Style Stir Fried Onion Buns

In Sri Lanka  there are different types of  savoury breads and rolls. This is one of them. I find buying bread in Sri Lanka is very expensive as they import wheat flour. So all the taxes and labour costs add in to it. When you buy a kilo of flour you can make more than 25 buns for a very low cost. When you buy the bun I think you can buy only 2 of them. You can mix whole wheat flour to this (half half) to make in a different way. To get how to make Stir fried onions /seeni Sambal Click here.

My son loved these buns when he was in Sri Lanka. Still he loves them. So I make several batches for him always. When they were little I used to buy them these buns from the bred man who visits from house to house early in the morning.Still it is very common in many parts of Sri Lanka.

Caramelised onions can be done in different ways. This is my method. I like spicy taste than sweet taste. Some like it sweet and others like it in both ways. My grand mother and my mum used to cook in this way. So I am used to do it in this way too.

Making bread is really easy when you have practiced it a bit.I always believe the saying       ” practice makes the man perfect” you can fail once or several times. But do not give up. Once you achieve the way of doing and how to over come the mistakes you can be a genius.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XJA6DcjaoI&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 600g Bread Flour
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 12g Yeast
  • 300ml Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2TSp Sugar
  • 40g Coconut oil

Method

  1. Add the bread flour, salt, yeast, coconut oil,  & Sugar  into a mixing bowl.
  2. Start mixing and add the eggs.
  3. After add water little by little and start kneading about 15-20 minutes.
  4.  Leave the dough in a warm place to double in size.
  5. When the dough is doubled in size take it on to the bench and ad some flour knead again and cut in to equal size pieces.
  6. Roll each piece to an oval shape.
  7. Put the Onion Mix in the middle and press ends. Seal well and turn.
  8. Next shape well and leave to double in size.
  9. After brush the tops with eggs.
  10. Bake on 180C about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  11. Cool on a wire rack before storing.

 

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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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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4HwItEbUFc&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Bitter gourd
  • Several Green chillies sliced
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Few inches of Pandan Leaves
  • Few shallots finely sliced
  • 1 Tsp Maldive fish Flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp Curry Powder
  • Pinch of turmeric Powder
  • Pepper
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • A few cloves of Garlic
  • Chilli Powder
  • Salt
  • Goraka/ Tomato/ Tamarind
  • 1 Cup Thick coconut Milk

For the Tempering

  • 1Tblsp oil
  • several red chillies
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves & Pandan Leaves
  • 1 Shallot finely sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped.
  • Pinch Turmeric powder
  • Pinch Chilli powder.

Method

  1. Add bitter gourd in to a pot.
  2. Next add goraka, salt, and all the spices mix well.
  3. Add water to cover and cook until it absorb all the water and the bitter gourd is well cooked.
  4. Add coconut milk and cook until the gravy is thick.
  5. If you like only can do a tempering. For that add oil in to a pan. Add mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Next curry leaves, garlic, onions, chilli and fry until golden brown.
  6. Next add the chilli powder and turmeric powder fry and add the curry in to it.
  7. Mix and serve with rice.

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Sri Lankan Fish Buns (Maalu Paan) ( Updated Recipe)

Fish Buns are available all over Sri Lanka. Its a snack any one will grab for breakfast lunch or dinner. Its a very common snack you will find from a street vendor to a 5 star hotel. Mainly a soft dough filled with a mixture of spicy mashed potatoes, fish with tempered onion green chillies, and curry leaves. To get the aroma they add cinnamon, pepper garlic , red chillies and Sri Lankan un roasted curry powder.. Get the recipe from that link.

I tried different ways of making fish buns and I am happy with what I invented. You can get whole meal fish buns from this link….  wholemeal fish buns

When you add spices to the filling add according to your taste.

I uploaded several ways of doing fish buns in my you tube channel. Please try this updated recipe which I improved a lot than my previous recipes.

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

Ingredients for the recipe………

  • 500g Bread flour
  • 200-250ml  warm water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 8g Yeast
  • 60g Butter
  • 25g Sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 Can Mackerel
  • 250g Mashed potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • Green chillies
  • Curry leaves
  • Garlic
  • Oil for stir frying
  • Turmeric powder
  • Chilli Powder
  • Pepper
  • Curry Powder
  • Salt

1 Egg + 1 tblsp water for brush the top of the buns.

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180c.
  • Grease a large tray.
  • Add  the yeast, Sugar with half of the warm water and leave to activate.
  • Add flour, salt, eggs, yeast mix,  and then add water little by little and make a smooth dough.
  • Kneading should be 15-20 min on speed 2.
  • Leave the dough in a warm place to double in size.
  • Meanwhile make the  filling
  • Add oil or margarine to a pot.
  • Add garlic, onion , chilli and curry leaves. Fry and add spices, fish and potatoes.
  • Add salt to your taste.
  • Cook until there is no liquid.
  • Leave to cool down.
  • When the dough is doubled in size punch down.
  • Put the dough on to the bench. Flour your hands and knead several minutes.
  • Next cut the dough according to the size you wish.Make balls and leave 10 min on the bench to rest covering with a damp cloth.
  • After take the dough ball and make a circle.
  • Put the filling in to the middle.
  • Cover as shown in the above video.
  • Leave on a tray to rest again.
  • When the buns are double in size, Brush with eggs.
  • Bake 20-30 min.
  • leave on a wire rack to cool.
  • Serve with tomato sauce.
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