Zataar keema pizza


Arabian cuisine has always encouraged me to try new dishes. Zataar was introduced to me through manakish at man2ooshe and I fell in love with the spice. As I saw the zataar on display at Carrefour I quickly grabbed a little and came home. Once I was home I started to stumble online for recipes and finally decided to introduce the zataar with meat to my Sri Lankan family. Usually a keema is done with a mix of various spices but I got a delicious keema with just only zataar and pepper powder. I myself am really amazed how the Arabian flavor has enhanced the keema curry with the help of those dried herbs and sumac. This experiment has encouraged me to try new recipes using zataar.


Pizza Dough


3 cups flour
Salt to taste
2 teaspoon olive oil or margarine
2 teaspoon yeast
Water as required


Mix all ingredients together and knead into a smooth and soft dough.
Leave aside to rise for an hour.
Roll into a flat circle and place on a tray.

Meat keema


1 cup meat

1 medium onion (chopped)

1 teaspoon crushed pepper
2 teaspoon zataar spice
2 teaspoon zataar with sumac
Salt to taste
1tablesoon olive oil or melted butter


Cheddar for topping


Clean, wash and boil the meat.
Sauté meat and onions in a pan over high heat with teaspoon of olive oil or margarine

Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the two zataar mixes.
Spread over the prepared dough.

Grate and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake at 150 degrees C for 20 minutes on a pre heated oven.

My images



zataar keema topped

zataar keema topped



cheessy on top ofkeema

cheessy on top of keema






Kukulegama : laya leisure

A couple of days spent away from home town

Visiting srilanka after a year and a half on vacation mean a lot of traveling has to happen. Apart from the visiting to relatives and friends get togethers a couple of day with a very close family member is always fun. When its somewhere in a peaceful environment where you can stay in with no worries like you’ve moved in to a seperate small island is something everyone would love. Soon after a delivery it was  relaxing time at the resort.

Kukulegama : laya leisure

Located in the south west of srilanka its a long drive of nearly two hours from colombo. A little bit of a hilly area with narrow roads leading to a large gate with laya leisure engraved on the walls to the right. Entering through the gates we were welcomed by many small cottages which gave a feeling of entering a small village. All cottages looked alike with the only difference being the size which was not visible from the out.
Each cottage had its own small garden with many facilities such as room with an attached bathroom, seperate pantry, a dinning area and a hall. All the necessary equipments and furniture’s were available. We booked a two room cottage for the 4 of us. On our way we shopped in for some snacks,  Maggie “cup a mani, some coffee,  milo and water at the food city.

Soon after booking our cottage we had lunch as the time was 3 and almost pass lunch time.  Hunger called us to enjoy the spread of buffet with a line up of srilankan cuisine.  Having done with lunch we headed over to our cottage and got sorted with the luggages. Soon after refreshing and getting dressed to spend the day out and about.

Walking over to the mini mart which had all sorts of goods like snacks, drinks, toiletries, swim clothes and the list of activities available at the resort.
We had to buy the tickets for each acticity at the mini mart and all activities are closed after 6 in the evening.
The first day went on roaming around the resort.  Dinner was ordered in and we had a quiet night with a movie. The next day started early with a hot cup of coffee and breakfast was Maggie cuppa mania which was ready in 2 minutes on the microwave. Getting ready in sports clothes ready to explore the activities and have some adventure we walked over to the mini mart and purchased a few tickets for rifling, cycling and boat riding over the lake.
Rifling was fun with 10 shots and I only got one atleast on the board the rest fell on the ground am not very good at aiming far or need more practice yet I was cery satisfied for having tried rifling with a real gun. I have donw ballon bursting which was a carnival game at the marina beach in chennaibin the year 2004 december just a couple of days before the tsunami hit the country. 9 years later the joy of rifling was really an unforgettable experience.
Next was the cycling, we got two bicycles for 3 hours and we were four of us Taking turns and cycling. Another experience was awaiting me. I have always told my hubby that I’ve rode a bicycle when I was 12 and haven’t even tpuched one since then so the talents is not practiced for a long time. My self confidence encouraged me to try cycling once again and as the proverb goe

self confidence is the prerequisite for great undertakings

I finally proved that I can ride a bicycle amidst my inability to attain the driving license due to lack of interest. Have I done it with an eagerness I would have been owning my dubai driving license as well and be happily driving through the roads of colombo and dubai exploring the country with no tension of speedy drivers and lack of taxi whenever I want a taxi.

Riding through the lanes at laya leisure was am unforgettable day.

My next activity was boat riding which was not fun yet enjoyable. I would recommend boat riding for honeymooners. Its peaceful and encourages a lot of talking while peddling together. My husband and myself are not those talkative type and never talk much. I sometimes wonder how people talk so much and assume that they are gossiping or backbiting.
Talking too much leads us toward those bad habits.

And finally it was the end of our trip and we packed our bags and headed down to colombo with peace of mind and lots of memories and ofcourse photographs. .

A bit more about laya leisure-
They have 3 sorts of cottages and you can go for 1,2,3 bedroom cottages or a honeymoon suite.
Either way you are not allowed to cook in the cottage and its compulsory to buy two buffet meal coupons.
All activities are for a fee and sport such as tennis, netball and other are free of cost.
The swimming pool is open for laya leisure cottagers.
There is a snooker area and kids play area adjoining the buffet area.
You are provided with tea, coffee, milk and sugar with utensils to make your morning coffee or tea.

Hope you enjoyed the post and here are some pictures-


Street food – Isso wadey (prawn vada)

Street foods are always delicious and easily available in many countries at a very nominal price.
One always care for street food for its extraordinary flavor and exciting aroma of the spices sometimes pull us towards the cart.
Sri Lanka is a country with various different cultures and food has a special flavor with the richness of various Sri Lankan spices blended together.
street food is readily available all over srilanka and one can never miss the delicious prawn vada which is called isso wadey in Sinhalese readily available at galle face which is a very high class area surrounded by the Indian Ocean in one side and luxury 5 star hotels in the other side. while I remember the name prawn wadey I really feel how much I miss Sri Lanka.
Walking along the galle face with the sea embracing you with warmth and freshness filled with a ting of saltiness
One can never forget the experience.
I remember my childhood watching the sunset from the steps along the sea and wondering how beautiful Mother Nature is, and realizing the value of time which god has gifted human beings.
As I walk by the sea area there are many stalls selling various stuff but the majority is food.
One can find many carts of isso wade and recently they have introduced crab vada which I couldn’t try it, but had included in my to try list.
Last time I was on vacation I found a couple of tourists inquiring the vendor as to what it is and they bought a few. It is a very unique street food served with a sauce.
Make sure to try it out when you visit srilanka.