Mixed Vegetable Curry (Kalawam Elawalu Vanjanaya)

An easy to make, simple, very healthy and above all TASTY Sri Lankan curry! Great with rice, or bread.

Sri Lankan Mixed Vegetable Curry (Kalawam Elawalu Vanjanaya)


250g mix of carrots, beans, green peas, and sweet corn (or use frozen veg mix)

50g red onions (sliced)

I small stick of cinnamon

1 teaspoon mustard (English or French)

2 sprigs curry leaves

2 green chillies (chopped)

½ cup coconut milk

Salt to taste



  • Clean and chop vegetables (or defrost mixed veg)
  • Mix well with all the ingredients (except coconut milk)
  • Cook on medium heat
  • When the vegetables are ready add the coconut milk and simmer for 7 minutes
  • When the sauce is thickened, check seasoning and remove from heat
  • Serve with rice or bread

 Without civilization, we would not turn into animals, but vegetables. (Mason Cooley)

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Devilled Potato (Ala Baduma)

…made with all the right ingredients and TLC, this is festive food. One of my mother’s specialties!


Devilled Potatoes (Ala Baduma)


250g new potatoes (boiled)

150g red onions (sliced)

2 sprigs curry leaves

3 green chillies (chopped)

1 teaspoon dry chillies (crushed)

Juice of ½ lime

½ teaspoon salt

3 cardamom pods

1 small stick of cinnamon

2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil (for frying)

(optional: add some Maldive fish)


  • Boil, skin and cut the potatoes in two
  • Heat the oil and add the chopped cardamon, cinnamon, curry leaves and red onions
  • When half fried, add the green chillies, crushed chillies and salt
  • When the onion is cooked, add the boiled potatoes and mix well
  • Fry on a low heat for three minutes
  • Remove from the heat, mix well and add the lime juice
  • Serve with rice or pitta bread

If beef’s the king of meat, potato’s the queen of the garden world (Irish Saying)

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