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Hamda's Sri Lankan meals

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

I would like to share this Sri Lankan village style meal with you all. It's a very healthy and delicious meal. I had this meal in my Aunty's house in Sri Lanka when we visited her for a special occasion. I still remember it because it was the first time I had Snake Gourd Curry in my life. Since then I have got used to eating it 😍. You can find snake gourd in Sri Lankan shops in London.


Snake gourd curry

  • Snake Gourd - 350g

  • Thick coconut milk - 2 cups

  • Onion – 1 big

  • Green chilli – 2 or 3

  • Curry leaves – Few

  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp

Recipe

  1. Place the cooking pan on the stove.

  2. First of all, add the sliced snake gourd.

  3. Also, add onion, green chilli, curry leaves, salt (to taste), and turmeric powder.

  4. On top of that, add the cooking oil.

  5. Mix everything well.

  6. Switch on the flame and cook covered over medium flame for 4 to 6 minutes.

  7. Take off the lid, stir, and mix everything.

  8. Now cook uncovered over medium flame until the snake gourd gets a little fried.

  9. Stir occasionally to avoid burn. It will take about a minute.

  10. Finally, add thick coconut milk and mix everything.

  11. Cook covered over low flame for 3 to 5 minutes. 

  12. Finally serve hot with yummy Sri Lankan meal.


Fried Aubergine curry

  • Aubergine - 250g

  • 2 tbsp olive oil/vegetable oil

  • 1 big onion

  • 1 big tomato

  • Thick Coconut milk - 1 cup

  • 4 cardamon pods chopped

  • Small stick of cinnamon

  • 1tsp coriander powder

  • ¼ tsp turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder

Recipe

  1. First, cut all the vegetables into cubes/sliced shapes.

  2. Add turmeric and salt to the aubergine and fry them.

  3. Keep it separate.

  4. Take a pan and add 4 tbsp oil and add the chopped onion, chopped tomato and all other spices including salt (as per taste).

  5. Stir fry for 3 minutes.

  6. Then add fried vegetables, then thick coconut milk and cook.

  7. Keep them on low heat for 5 minutes… Serve hot!


Mutton Gravy Curry

  • 500g Mutton (Goat meat)

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric

  • 3 tbsp Oil

  • 1 Cinnamon stick, 4 cardamon, 4 cloves

  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds

Recipe

  1. Put mutton pieces in a pressure cooker, add salt, turmeric and some water just to cover the pieces.

  2. Cover and cook for 4 whistles on medium heat.

  3. Now in a heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil and add the whole spices and cumin seeds, give it a stir and add the chopped onions. Add some salt and cook until the onions are golden.

  4. Once golden add the masalas - Ginger Garlic paste, Turmeric powder, Garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder and chilli powder.

  5. Now add in the chopped tomatoes and cook until soft and mushy.

  6. Add a little water if required, do not add too much.

  7. Once the tomatoes are nice and soft transfer the cooked mutton along with its juices, add salt if required and cook until the gravy thickens and turn off the heat.

  8. That's it, our delicious Mutton gravy is ready to enjoy.


By Hamda