Sri Lankan Dhal Wade (Parippu Wade)

Wade or Vada are popular snacks in Sri Lanka. They are a staple during the multiple tea breaks Sri Lankans take during a working day. There are two main varieties of wade which are ulundu or dhal. The ulundu wade are soft while the dhal wade are crunchy. This vegetarian snack goes down extremely well…

Bitter Gourd Salad

Bitter Gourd is all the rage now since it has been identified as a “super food” which can lower blood sugars while preventing cancer. However, it has been used in ayurveda for hundreds, if not thousands, of years as a refreshing side dish which helps maintain good health. On the downside, bitter gourd is a…

Tangy Tomato Salad

Tomatoes, onions and chillies go well with many spicy Asian dishes. They also add the tanginess which complement the Asian spice rack. This fresh salad is crunchy, tangy and spicy at the same time adding a healthy side to rich Asian mains.

Sri Lankan Sweet and Spicy Onion Sambal

Sweet and spicy onion sambal or “seeni sambal” is a popular side dish in Sri Lanka typically served alongside milk rice (kiribath), bread, hoppers, string hoppers, roti and many others. It is also used as a filling for a number of savory pastries and buns on its own or paired with boiled eggs. Seeni sambal…

Jeera Rice

Jeera or cumin rice combines many flavors of India. It is a fragrant, delicate and tasty dish which can be served alone with some tomatoes and cucumber or paired with a meat dish such as mutton curry or tandoori chicken.

Garlic Bok Choy

Bok choy is a common vegetable found in Chinese cooking. Being a dark green leafy vegetable with a slight bitter taste, it is best eaten cooked, fried or in soup. Garlic bok choy is a popular side dish served with many chinese influenced dishes in Malaysia. It also goes well with white rice or noodles.

Green Beans with Coconut Milk

Green beans are a very tasty vegetable which goes well with rice. Cooking it with coconut cream gives it a sweet taste which complements the spicier meat. Green beans are a common side dish in traditional Sri Lankan lunch.