Sri lanka and it’s Food

A Photo Story

Some of the sweets served after the waleema function.  Those marzipan strawberries were a hit.

Some of the sweets served after the waleema function. Those marzipan strawberries were a hit.

Trust me those are the best kokis I've ever tasted it with pani/treacle and are so delicious.

Trust me those are the best kokis I’ve ever tasted it with pani/treacle and are so delicious.

The waleema menu was a bit different to the ordinary buriyani. They also served roti with tandoori chicken.

The waleema menu was a bit different to the ordinary buriyani. They also served roti with tandoori chicken.

Those tandoori chicken needs to be eaten hot before you send your guests home :-)

Those tandoori chicken needs to be eaten hot before you send your guests home 🙂

Alright dessert was gajar ka halwa with vanilla ice cream. It was different no usual watalappam serced but that's ok because we had watalappam at many other occasions.

Alright dessert was gajar ka halwa with vanilla ice cream. It was different no usual watalappam serced but that’s ok because we had watalappam at many other occasions.

Sri lankan love cake made to serve the guests at the wedding.  It was so delicious i ate a few after a week too.

Sri lankan love cake made to serve the guests at the wedding. It was so delicious i ate a few after a week too.

These ve cakes keep well over the shelf for days.

These love cakes keep well over the shelf for days.

My sisters homemade kimbula buns. Of course they look a bit thin like my sister but taste the exact same as the bakery buns. I got her recipe and need to try it soon.

My sisters homemade kimbula buns. Of course they look a bit thin like my sister but taste the exact same as the bakery buns. I got her recipe and need to try it soon.

We payed a visit to a cousins house which was having a wedding in a week and this is what we enjoyed.  The traditional thosi. Wow they had nelli thosi and ambarella thosi with love cakes and hot hot patties.

We payed a visit to a cousins house which was having a wedding in a week and this is what we enjoyed.
The traditional thosi. Wow they had nelli thosi and ambarella thosi with love cakes and hot hot patties.

Pilawoos a normal restaurant in Colombo is very famous for its cheese koththu. They are famous for koththus actually.  You can see vehicles lined up on the road to eat pr takeaway koththu at anytime till they close. These koththus are to die for and you should eat it with those spicy gravy thats served in a tiny bag.

Pilawoos a normal restaurant in Colombo is very famous for its cheese koththu. They are famous for koththus actually. You can see vehicles lined up on the road to eat pr takeaway koththu at anytime till they close.
These koththus are to die for and you should eat it with those spicy gravy thats served in a tiny bag.

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Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

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Is Gajar ka Halwa Indian or Pakistani?
Am lost.
Need to do a good research and repost a new post while in the mean time I’ve got a small twist in a carrot halwa recipe. I decided to try some substitutes in the carrot halwa recipe I’ve come across online. The main substitute for ghee was a super healthy one according to me.
Wondering what I substituted ghee with? Well, it’s none other than olive butter. The tub says its cholesterol free and healthy, which I believe due to the maximum amount of olive oil used in the making of olive butter.
The second substitute was almonds for cashew nuts. Well, almonds are rich in fat but has 0% cholesterol while it also contains a similar percentage of protein and iron which are totally healthy. Almonds were recommended to me by my dietician as a snack. Excess of anything is not healthy so everything has a limit.
So my next substitute for saffron was yellow food color with a few drops of vanilla essence to give the halwa a dessert feeling.
Carrot means a vegetable according to my Sri Lankan family but now they know carrot is sweet and can be used to make delicious desserts too (slight grin).

Some tips for a very healthy carrot halwa that you can try at home.

Use stevia extract instead of sugar as stevia is know as a diabetic friendly sweetener.
Substitute milk with low-fat milk.
Try avoiding the nuts for a gluten free dessert they make no big difference.

Food story of the day
I accidentally added some turmeric powder into my carrot halwa for the color and as a substitute for saffron strands but latter on adjusted it by adding yellow food coloring and sone vanilla to cover up the turmeric powder flavor.

So I end my post with another question.
Are almonds an Arabian nut?
I have seen people gift almonds to relatives when they return from a middle eastern country which is what made me think almonds are from the middle east.
Need to go on a research for the origins of some ingredients I guess!

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