Sri lanka and it’s Food

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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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Sri lankan Seeni Sambol Buns

This is my own recipe tried and tested twice.
I got 14 buns with this quantity.

It was 12:10 midnight on Wednesday when i remembered i forgot to make the bun dough as i promised a friend il post the recipe this week.
So i ran to the kitchen and started making the dough.
In 20 minutes i had the dough ready and resting.

Ingredients
4 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon active dried yeast
2 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoon warm water

Directions
Mix yeast with sugar and water. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
Add the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
Stir in the olive oil, milk and yeast mixture and mix well.
Add some water and form a soft and smooth dough.
Let the dough rest overnight.
Next morning punch the dough down and knead with some flour to make a smooth dough.
Make 14 balls from the dough and flatten on a board.
Place some filling and make buns according to desired shapes.
Once you shape the buns let it stay for 5-8 minutes before you bake.
Preheat oven at 200 degrees for 4 minutes and place the buns to bake at 200 degrees for 18 minutes.
The oven temperature and timings are given for a convection microwave oven so please adjust if your using a normal oven to the required temperature and timing.
To get the extra golden colour on top brush with egg yolk or else you still will get a good crust on top.

To make seeni sambol buns make a seeni sambol with some onions
Start with-
Chopping some onions and green chillies as required.
No quantity just use the amount you might need.
Some curry leaves.
Heat a pan with oil and sauté the onions, green chillies and curry leaves until the onions are translucent.
Add some chillie powder, chillie flakes and salt to taste. Why i say to taste is i am a very spicy person and i ended up spillibg a lot of chillie powder on my seeni sambol and my husband was asking if i did it on purpose 🙂 seriously i didn’t.
So i added too much to get the red color but here iz a trick to avoid that mistake. Use some paprika or kashmiri chillie powder you will get the color.
Now add some sugar to balance the flavour. Do not add to much keep in mind the sweetness and spiciness should be equal or else its not a seeni sambol.
Now turn the heat of and sprinkle some cinnamon powder cos powder is more affective and aromatic than the stick. No worries if you have no cinnamon powder just add the cinnamon stick while sautéing the onions so the flavour bursts out.
Now roll the bread dpugh and place some seeni sambol and bake.
There is no particular shape to make seeni sambols but sri lanka has this tiny bread shaped ones which are too good and filling. They are even cute. We call it seeni sambol paan. Paan means bread in sinhala.
I just baked a batch and froze them.
The texture is perfect and the taste is delicious.

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