- Coconut milk - cream
South East Asia cuisine wouldn`t do without coconut milk or cream. They belong to the main ingredients of curries of all kinds.
- 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.
- Bandakka curry - Ladies fingers curry
This curry is exceptional firstly as it is nearly not spicy at all and secondly, okra is a slimy vegetable, which some people love, some don't. If you belong to the ones, who love it, you will love this curry too. As Ladies fingers curry is nearly not spicy at all, it is usually combined with more spicy curries like for instance Jackfruit curry.
- Coconut curry
Most of Sri Lankan recipes consists of coconut. The more when talking about this recipe. It is a delicate sauce pleasantly seasoned, which is used especially for string hoppers (rice noodles) or kottu roti (chopped bread).
- Coconut milk and cream
Sri Lanka curry could`t do without coconut milk and cream. Before I went to Asia for the first time, I thought, that coconut milk is a ready juice in coconut. But I was wrong :)
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.
- Dhal fry - Red lentils Northern India style
I love dhal. Probably all variations I have ever tried. (Not only) in every state of India it is done different way. They use ingredients, which appear naturally in the region. In the South they would hardly do without curry leaves and a coconut milk. In the North it is the very opposite way. And this is where the recipe I learnt from two cool local guys in a hostel is coming from.
- Egg and plain hoppers - Bithara Aappe
One of the most original and tasty egg recipes I have ever tried. And it has its bowl too ;) Street food available in the streets of Sri Lanka usually after 3.30 pm.
- Eggplant and tofu curry Indonesian style - Tahu terong santan
This Indonesian style curry is special not only because of its delicious taste, but it is a typical wedding dish as well. Loads of coconut milk is needed for it. Fortunately men are responsible for wedding feast preparation and they do know how to crack all the coconuts by their unmistakeable original style. Check the video and you will understand.
- Goong pad poong karee - Prawn yellow curry
It is incredible, that in Thai cuisine it is possible to create such a yummy dish within just 5 minutes. This yellow curry is not an exception. But it is exceptional from hotness point of view. As it is not spicy at all ;)
- 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.
- Keow Wan Gai - Chicken green curry
Thai green curry definitely belongs to my favourites. It is actually not green only because of the green curry paste, but because of the ingredients used as well. The cherry on top are the fresh Thai basil leaves. They bring this delicacy even to a higher level.
- Kueh dadar - Pancakes with coconut
I was always wondering, where is the green colour in Southeast Asia pancakes coming from. Now I know. Of course it is not an artificial food colorant. It is a completely natural juice from pandan leaves. May be you have pandan as a house plant in your home. If not, no worries, just skip it. The pancakes will be delicious anyway. Not only because of the delicious coconut filling, but rice flour and coconut milk in the batter make the pancakes light and tasty.
- 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.
- 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 :)
- Soya meat ball curry
Another great recipe from the range of Sri Lankan curries. Without chicken broth, it is perfect meal for vegetarians and vegans, full of proteins. If you follow the recipe 100%, it is quite spicy. If you do not like it too spicy, better reduce amount of red chili powder and check heat level of garam masala you have available.
- Tempeh tofu veggie curry - Santan sayur tempe
This amazing Indonesian curry I learned in a street restaurant on Lombok island. Except for the very interesting cooking as usual, may be more interesting was watching the couple which owned the restaurant with a little shop. The woman managed to cook a few delicious dishes, get, carry and store all good from several suppliers and her husband was hanging around coloring his hair.....
- Wambatu curry - Eggplant curry
In Sri Lanka they make curry from nearly any kind of vegetable you can imagine. Eggplant is not en exception. And as usual is very easy, fast and tasty, convenient for both vegetarians and vegans too.
- Water spinach stalks in a coconut sauce
Fast, easy, with minimum of ingredients. Simply ideal recipe. Dish, I tried on a Thai local market. Pleasantly light for the hot days and not spicy either. Back home I tried it with young green beens and it was pretty good too.
- White cabbage curry
Another recipe from the range of Sri Lankan curries. This time the main ingredient is white cabbage, which I considered as quite boring vegetable, until I tried this recipe of course ;)