Monthly Archives: August 2013

Karavila (Bitter Gourd) Curry: A diabetic’s delight

Bittergourd CurryBitter Gourd has been, over the years, the best remedy for Diabetes. It is believed that one tablespoon of Bitter Gourd juice everyday assists in lowering the risk of Diabetes. It helps reduce the sugar levels in the blood and urine. Bitter Gourd dried leaves powder taken three times a day with lukewarm water or milk over a long period helps in controlling diabetes.

Turmeric is also beneficial. Mix and grind seeds of Fenugreek (100 gm), turmeric (50 gm) and White Pepper (50 gm). Take one teaspoon of this powder with a glass of milk daily. 

Rice for lunch with at least 4-5 vegetable dishes including a mallung or gotukola sambol is the ideal diet recommended for diabetics.

Bitter Gourd Curry (Karavila)


500 gm Bitter Gourd, 4 Red Onions, 1 tablespoon Mc Currie Curry Leaves, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Cumin Powder, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Fenugreek, Mc Currie Salt, 1 small tomato, 2-3 green chillies, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie sweet cumin powder, ½ stick Mc Currie Cinnamon, 1 cup 2nd and 3rd extract of coconut milk, 1 cup 1st extract of coconut milk, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Goraka paste.


Wash and cut the bitter gourd into ¼ inch slices and mix with the goraka paste. In a pan of water add the salt and boil the bitter gourd with the goraka to remove the bitter flavor and cook till soft.

Chop the onions, green chillies and tomato fine. Mix all the ingredients and the bitter gourd with the 2nd and 3rd extracts of coconut milk and let it cook on a gentle fire. Add the 1st extract of coconut milk and simmer.

A little maldive fish could be added to give more flavor to the curry.

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Ladies Get Slimmer, Stronger, Sharper and Happier on Spices

Slim-n-fat-ladiesSpices have over the year’s curbed hunger, strengthened muscles and formed the base for many home remedies to cure illnesses.

However, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that when women added two teaspoons of dried red pepper on their food, they consumer fewer calories and fat in later meals. Give your diet a light start, splash hot sauce on your morning omelet!

Become Stronger

The curcumin that turns turmeric yellow also helps reduce inflammation and aids muscle repair after heavy exercise, researchers at the University of South Carolina at Columbia say.

Keep Sharp

Curcumin also sweeps out plaque deposits in your brain, which may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, also Researchers from the University of South California at Los Angeles said. For a savoury meal, dust curry spices over rice and beans.

Get Happy

Capsaicin (the compound that gives chillies their kick) triggers pain receptors in the mouth, in turn signaling your brain to release feel good endorphins, according to Scientists at the State University of New York in Buffalo. That chemical surge not only helps dull the pepper’s bit, but it also betters your mood. Next time you need a quick lift, toss red pepper flakes or some diced chillie peppers into your salad or bowl of chilled soup.

The Hathmaluwa

villageThe Hathmaluwa is a seven in one multi-nutrient meal which is economical and excellent for the health. Not many are aware that this dish is over 1,500 years old!

The Hathmaluwa was prepared for special occasions and is a famous dish that adorns the festive table on Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka celebrated in April each year. The recipe for Hathmaluwa took a back seat and was gradually forgotten. However, today we find that this ancient recipe has made a comeback.

In addition to the vegetables used in this curry, there are various additions used, which have medicinal values as stated below:-

 1. Garlic – helps in digestion and is extremely good for the heart. It also helps in controlling blood pressure.

 2. Ginger – This is the base of all ayurvedic medicinal preparations. Ginger cut up finely and added to salt and lime, relieves upset stomachs and indigestion. It is also good for colds and coughs.

3. Green Chillies and Rampe – These increase appetite

4. Coriander – Also good and an important ingredient in ayurvedic medicine, it also is the base for preparation of medicinal decoction for coughs and colds.

5. Dil Seeds – Excellent to bring relief to body pain. It also reduces flatulence.

6. Suduru – Cools the system.

7. Maduru – Also known as white cumin promotes free flow of unrin.

8. Karapincha (Curry Leaves) – helps in reducing cholesterol levels.

Recipe for Hathmaluwa


200 g Cowpea, 100 g Jak Seeds, 200 g Pumpkin, 200 g Brinjals, 200 g Carrots, 1 cup thick coconut milk, 1 cup thin coconut milk, 50 g Dried Sprats, 200 g Mukunuwenna, 200 g kankun, 5-6 red onions, 4 green chillies, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Ginger Paste, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Garlic Paste, ½ inch Mc Currie Rampe, 2-3 teaspoons Mc Currie Unroasted Chilli Powder, 1 tablespoon Mc Currie Curry Leaves, 1 teaspoon Mc CurrieFenugreek seeds, 1 tablespoon Mc Currie Coriander Seeds, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Cummin Seeds, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Sweet Cummin Seeds, Mc Currie Salt to taste, 2 tablespoon oil.


Soak the cowpea overnight and cook in a small quantity of 2nd extract of coconut milk, with half the spices, green chillies and onions.  Add the carrots and jak seeds and let it boil for about 5 minutes. Thereafter, add the vegetables. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the balance onions, garlic and ginger paste and curry leaves.  Add the sprats, green chillies and chilli powder. Turn in the cooked vegetables, add the thick milk and simmer for a few minutes. The Hathmaluwa is ready to be served.

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