In My Kitchen ; Lunch time cooking: colors and ingredients

In My Kitchen

It was time to start cooking lunch when I read sarah Waltons blog post on holi colors. I was walking over to the kitchen thinking of an idea to get some images and post. Lunch time cooking is the most exciting task. We cook a few vegetables with a meat and rice as per our sri lankan menu. Whoever is at home enjoys the lunch, Sometimes leftovers are served at dinner. While getting the ingredients from the refrigerator I was attracted by colorful vegetables I saw on my drawer. I soon started pitching up a story and taking photographs of my ingredients.
I love sri lankan food and enjoy cooking it while trying out new recipes and ingredients as a result I started of cooking the chicken curry for lunch using ma’s curry spice.
I followed the instructions and prepared accordingly.
I then decided to go ahead and capture the colors in cooking up a chicken curry amd here is my story in pictures.

The colors I found in my refrigerator

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The chicken curry in four steps

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The MA’s chicken curry spice mix

I should say a bit about this spice mix.
1. Easy
2. Affordable
3. Delicious
4. Smells good
5. Helps get a delicious sri lankan chicken curry in just 4 steps.

4 step chicken curry using ma’s spice mix-
1. Wash, clean chicken and mix with some chicken curry mix.
2. Temper onion, curry leaves and green chillies.
3. Add the chicken and mix well.
4. Stir in some coconut milk and let it cook, take off when tender.

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Spicy???

How well do you know your spices is one question.  How much do you love spices is another question.
Can anyone be a spice addict?
Who is a spice addict?
Can they have their house pantry stocked with jars and jars of spices?
Or will they be over flavouring the curries and meals with extra spices?
Or can a spice addict be someone who just tries out various types of spices from around the world?

Well yes spice addicts be of many types but what do you gift a spice addict?
Jar of spices?
A spice from marutius?
Imported fresh cinnamon?

Ofcourse when it comes to buying a gift we all get confused and end up buying something that might be of useful or not. Yesterday I was window shopping at one of the best places to shop where you’ll find all you need under one roof and was surprised by the collection of frames. Handmade it is and an ideal gift for a foodie who is a spice addict.

Ideas for Different use
You can insert a board and attach a sticky note pad on it where you can write the grocery list.
You can insert a lovely food picture and hand on your kitchen wall.
Add your diet plan and leave on top of the fridge.
Insert a note paper with kitchen tips.
Insert a recipe note you like and wanna keep it handy.
Write down instructions for kids to follow in your kitchen.

I know your impatient to have peep into the frames and here I reveal the unique frames especially for foodies.

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The frames made of different types of spices.

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Spice are used mainly in asian food but have you ever tried a toothpick made of a spice?
Are you Wondering if its made of chillie sticks?
🙂
No worries its simply made of cinnamon sticks.
Does that encourage you to try it out?
Keep following my blog and await details on my blogs giveaway.
I will post it if your abroad.

Have a nice day.
Mafaza

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Srilankan food : A culinary journey in my hometown

Why srilankan food is so unique?

Born and bought up in srilanka has helped me taste the wide range of srilankan food. The variety of flavours and a variety of spices has mixed and created a uniqueness in srilankan food. The traditional utensils used to cook is one other fact why srilankan food are even more delicious.
Cooking in clay pots and mixing with coconut shell spoons make a difference? Really they do.
These clay pots are heated over slight flame before the initial use.
And the food smells good when cooked in clay pots.
I have seen my grandma cook all the meals in clay pots. I admired her method of cooking.  The food tasted special when she cooked. I have to agree my mum can’t cook as good as my grandma.
Can it be cos of the utensils my grandma used?
Ofcourse it can be.
Those days my granny cooked over a small pit made of clay with some wood burnt inside with kerosene.
Sometimes she used those dry coconut tree leaves and the outer shell of coconuts.
The entire kitchen smelled of good.
The smoke would pass out through the chimney and sometines very small kids get teary eyes and they are chased out of the kitchen.

The technology has developed immensely and people have forgotten all traditional methods of cooking. The use of traditional equipments has become simply for the sake looks.
A few srilankan food stores serve the food in those clay pots.
Recently I went for a buffet which had a line up of clay pots filled with srilankan food.  They tasted really delicious.
Ofcourse srilankan food need not be cooked in clay pots to get their unique flavours.
Another stall at diyatha uyana had sri lankan food displayed in clay pots. I got the sweet potato and kurakkan rotti with katta sambol and pol mallum.
The kurakkan rotti was delicious.  They had a variety of sri lankan food. I am gonna try some very soon in a couole of rounds as I can’t eat all in one day.

We eat from our eyes first so presentation is important.
We eat from our nose second so the flavour and smell is more important which can tempt a person who is not feeling hungry due to love 🙂 we need food to live dont we?

The combination of clay pots and srilankan food is calling me.

A few quick shots of the srilankan food shop at diyatha uyana.  The diyatha uyana food courts all food stalls are in class A-B with the ministry’s health and regulations.

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The shop that had such delicious food.

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The kurakkan rotti

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The food court at diyatha uyana

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My srilankan lunch at Kukulegama resort

Srilankan culinary tour a 14 day tour with insight into srilankan cuisine. Is now provided by srilanka tailor made (jetwings tours). The tour includes cookery demonstration with hands on training and tea factory tours and many more interesting food and leisure activities.
I am not promoting any tours am just passing on details collected from a newspaper article.

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Cumin seed – know your spices

Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive flavour and aroma.
It is globally popular and an essential flavouring in many cuisines: Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Indian, Pakistani, North African, Middle Eastern, Sri Lankan, Cuban, northern Mexican cuisines, central Asian Uzbek cuisine, western Chinese cuisines of Sichuan & Xinjiang and Indonesia.
Cumin can be found in some Dutch cheeses, such as Leyden cheese, and in some traditional breads from France. . It is commonly used in traditional Brazilian cuisine as well. Cumin can be an ingredient in chili powder (often Texan or Mexican-style)
Cumin seeds contain iron and a quiet large quantity should be consumed for it to serve as a dietary supplements.
these seeds are mostly grown in Mediterranean climates as these needs a long hot summer of 3-4 months.