Cinnamon is a seasoning used in both sweet and salty cuisine. It is made of a dried bark of cinnamon tree. You can use both, dried cinnamon sticks and cinnamon powder in the kitchen.
- Aloo masala - Potato curry
Another curry, which definitely belongs to Indian classics. You can get it in India whole day, including breakfast. If you have some boiled potatoes leftovers, aloo masala is an option number one ;)
- Aloo roast - Potato roast
Another from the range of Kerala specials from South India. I have learnt this recipe from a lady, who except all the other delicacies made the best curries in whole South India I had a chance to try!
- Baby jackfruit curry - Polos
Jackfruit is a fascinating fruit. Not only because of its size, but it is used completely different way in each stage of its ripeness. If it is of a size about 15-20 cm, it is called baby jack (or green jackfruit). It is used as a vegetable and has a sour taste. The curry made of it is called polos and is a bit sour too, but very nicely sour.
- Banana curry
When I got a bowl of banana curry in front of me in India, I was not sure what to think. It didn't look very appealing and banana curry sounded pretty strange to me. But! The smell was amazing! So I gave it a go and believe me, it was something! Such a balanced combination of spices. You could have felt each of them separately and all together it made a perfect harmony. And when I got the secret recipe, I nearly started dancing around the table :)
- Banana ice cream with cinnamon and cardamon
I was sitting in the garden of a small local house in Indian Kerala. It was completely dark outside. Just coconut leaves were whispering on the palm trees above my head. There was a (truly) happy cow eating grass just right behind me and all of a sudden the owner of the house came and brought me this delicious refreshing desert after amazing dinner.
The essential dish in Sri Lanka. Locals eat it two, sometimes even three times a day. As most of recipes in Sri Lanka are vegetarian and vegan, lentils are very important source of proteins. Most of dhal recipes I have known seemed too complicated. So this is probably one of the most easy recipes, I was taught by my Sri Lanka family and it is so delicious too.
- Green bean curry
Curry, that belongs to the most common ones in Sri Lanka. Of course it can`t compete with dhal curry regarding frequency. It is very fast and easy recipe again, you just put everything at once into a pot and cook.
- Channa masala - Chick pea masala
I cannot imagine India without this dish. This is simply one of the most common dishes you can get across India, usually for breakfast already with various kinds of rotis and then all day long with rice and other kinds of Indian dishes.
- Oyster mushroom curry
Another amazing Sri Lankan recipe, meat substitute. Oyster mushroom curry full of proteins. A bit spicy as most of Sri Lankan dishes. But really delicious.
- Palak chole - Punjabi spinach with chickpeas
It was impossible to get through all the narrow streets of night Amritsar in Indian state Punjab and not to come back with such a filled tummy that it was just ready to explode. At every corner there was a vendor cooking and serving on the street the best delicacies, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. And they all smelled so good. Palak chole, spinach with chickpeas represents the real Indian scent for me. Garam masala, cinnamon, cardamon .... so hard to resist and why actually :)
- Pumpkin curry
One of the first curries I learned from grannies in a little house by train tracks in Sri Lanka. I wish I made more shots of the amazing kitchen for the video. But as at the time I just started filming, so you will find them in the newer video recipes and this one is mainly about the recipe :)
- Tkalia - Zesty tripes with olives
Large pieces of tripes hanging from hooks at the butcher`s shops are inherent part of meat shops in Morocco. Tripes dishes are very common there. They use lamb, goat and beef tripes too. In combination with other offals or separately, like in case of this recipe, which is called Tkalia.
- Vegetarian biryani with pineapple
I met a couple who owned a hidden small restaurant somewhere in a palm tree wood. They taught me a few fantastic recipes, this vegetarian pineapple biryani included. It is important to use basmati rice and if you have a pineapple extract too, it will bring the dish to a higher level. Still, it is yummy without it as well ;)