Dinner, RECIPES

String Hoppers

String Hoppers Plant Cafeteria

String Hoppers

Isn’t it incredibly frustrating when you find a delicious looking recipe only to scroll down to the recipe and come to realise you don’t have that one crucial ingredient that is imperative for this recipe to succeed? Well let warn you that string hoppers require two key utensils; string hopper piper and string hopper mats. So stop right now, go buy these two pieces of equipment and then proceed reading. Continue reading

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Dinner, RECIPES, Savory, SIDES

Gotu Kola Mallum

Gotu Kola Mallum

Gotu kola mallum

When I first went to Sri Lanka to visit my extended family, I struggled hard to adjust to the blistering heat of Colombo. Luckily my grandmas house had a well, so I would spend my days playing with water to keep me cool. 

Food was another struggle for me in Sri Lanka. Waking up to a table full of curry and rice made my stomach tense. I was far from my fruit loops breakfast. Eating such a heavy, hot and spicy meal was a challenge for a 7 year old. But I had no choice, I couldn’t be rude and refuse to eat what my aunty had spent hours cooking. Continue reading

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Curry, Dinner

Pumpkin Curry

Pumpkin Curry

It’s heading into the cooler months, so raw dishes are slowly being replaced with curries. I’m not your typical ‘rice and curry is life’ kind of brown person. Actually, I stopped eating curry for two years when because I began making my own vegetarian and then vegan meals. Now, I actually appreciate Mum’s cooking and realise how delicious it is and how lucky I am to be able to have curry within a moments notice. Continue reading

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RECIPES, Savory, SNACKS

Chickpea Vada

Chickpea vada

Chickpea vada makes a somewhat regular appearance at Sri Lankan dinner parties. When I say somewhat regular, I mean only when that one aunty who knows how to make chickpea vada is invited to the party.   Even then, there’s always a chance she won’t choose to make that snack because the host doesn’t want to seem too pushy. But when these crunchy morsels do land in my fingers I horde a few in a napkin, because they finish in a heartbeat and it’s one of the few Sri Lankan savory snacks that are vegan. Continue reading

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