Loku Amma’s Chilli Chicken

This recipe is a family favourite. Something my mother’s older sister (Loku Amma) makes for us whenever we visit. She’s an amazing cook just like my mum and serves this chicken with yellow rice, eggplant pickle and potato curry. The day we cooked this we were cooking for guests. This means a thorough cleaning of…

Black Pork Curry

A black pork curry is a quintessentially Sri Lankan dish. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it anywhere else in the world. The black comes from pepper, very dark roasted curry powder and either tamarind or goraka (another similar souring agent). During our recent holiday, my cousin Ruvi commented that while spending time with her…

Bourke St Bakery Style Sausage Rolls

          A friend recently asked my what traditional ‘Aussie’ food was and my immediate reply was meat pies and sausage rolls. I don’t know that they’re uniquely Australian, the English eat pies after all.  But to me, pies and sausage rolls  speak of Australia. Hot pies in metal cases streaming out of the canteen, eating…

Koththu Roti

It’s really hard to imitate koththu roti outside Sri Lanka. The speed and clang of the metal blades can be heard far and wide and when I’m on the streets of Lanka it’s hard to ignore.  Koththu is a dish composed traditionally of chopped up godamba roti, meat curry and vegetables. Since godamba roti can…

Chicken Wing Casserole/Sauce

   My mother taught me many important things. One of the great fears she instilled in me was a fear of pressure cookers. I don’t think they have a name for that one yet. The story goes that when she was younger and living in Sri Lanka she was cooking something in the pressure cooker…

Moroccan Meatballs with Egg and Tomato

In my humble opinion, nobody does cooking shows quite like the British. Paula Deen, butter and all, has nothing on Nigella. The Pioneer Woman’s frontier is pretty amazing but doesn’t quite have the appeal of River Cottage or Hugh and his curly locks. And really, can anyone compare to Jamie Oliver (the correct answer is…

Maalu Paan

A few interesting factoids about growing up Sri Lankan in Australia. You learn to eat chilli before you can walk You learn to love really hot, really sweet tea in all kinds of weather Mc Donalds is not approapirate road-trip food, Maalu Paan or any other form of “short-eat” is. We grew up going away…

Pork Dumplings

I remember this one time when we lived in Homebush West, our cousin Ruvi dropped by for dinner. She’d spent the weekend with some friends who’d taught her how to make dumplings. She came over, straight from work  armed with 100g of mince from the uber-fancy butcher at Rhodes Shopping Centre. Poor Ruvi was mortified,…

Chicken Curry

Here’s a fact; every Sri Lankan I know has a chicken curry recipe that varies slightly. There’s usually a secret ingredient, a steadfast opinion on the necessity of tomato and the right way to use curry powder. I learnt how to make curry from my mother, so this is based very much on her chicken…

Gluten Free Dukkah Crusted Chicken

With so many gluten free friends I’ve had to think outside the box for some recipes. Here’s one that is as easy to make as it is delicious. 3 chicken breasts/thighs sliced into batons 15 skewers 1 egg and a dash of milk 1 cup of rice bubbles (make sure these are gluten free if…