Hello there. I’m Dinusha and welcome to The Stove & I.

I was born and raised in Sri Lanka and I’m currently living in Southern Ontario, Canada with my husband and our eight-year-old son.

In 2012 I started The Stove & I to record my musings on food, cooking, our travels and of course recipes, especially dishes from my childhood (lest I forget!) – think fiery pol sambol, soul-warming kiri bath and moreish tuna rissoles, recipes which I hope will shed light on my own food heritage and inspire others to cook and have fun in the kitchen.

I have always appreciated good food, even as a child. I had little rolls of puppy fat to prove this – which thankfully I no longer sport. Despite my insatiable appetite, I never cooked at home. My passion for ‘real’ food and cooking began soon after I got married and moved to Dubai where I lived for over a decade. My mother gave me a few handwritten recipes for some very simple, tried and tested dishes – read: lentil curry – which I made almost every single day. Having had to juggle work and manage a home and family left me with very little time to spend in the kitchen, but cooking came naturally to me (it’s no surprise because my mom is a wonderful cook, well I must have inherited at least some of her culinary talents).

I have come a long way since my mother’s handwritten recipes – let’s just say that these past years in the kitchen have helped me develop an appreciation for fresh, seasonal ingredients, pretty decent knife skills and above all an enduring love for food and cooking.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dinusha x

If you have any burning foodie questions or just want to say hello, email me at: dinusha@thestoveandi.com


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  1. Hi Dinusha. I’m from Malaysia and here we have a local favourite breakfast (but nowadays all day long) food called Nasi Lemak which literally translated means Rice Fat, the fat coming from cooking the rice in coconut milk. I have read before that Kerala has a similar rice dish and today I searched and found it on one food blog: http://pachakam.com/Recipes/Coconut-Rice-in-Kerala-Style-5167 However, what I would like to know: is there a chilli gravy called sambal which is cooked with anchovies and lots of onions, and of course, ground red chilli paste, in Kerala cuisine? I am quite certain that a lot of Kerala dishes have found their way into Malay cooking and Malaysian food, including fried banana fritters, which is a tea time favourite, and “teh tarik” which is “pulled tea” – a tea with milk and sugar which is “pulled” between two large mugs to cool it down before serving. Perhaps you can throw some light on this?

    1. Hi Jeyalakshmi,
      I am quite a novice when it comes to Kerala cuisine since I am Sri Lankan. However, the cuisines of Kerala and Sri Lanka have a lot in common – we use a lot of spices and there are even common dishes like ‘appam’ (hoppers), ‘idi appam’ (stringhoppers) and ‘pittu’, to name a few. My husband is from Kerala and his mom and sisters are great cooks so I have eaten a fair share of Kerala food.
      Coming to your question, there is a type of sambal which the Keralites call ‘chamandi’ which is made by grinding coconut, chillies, salt, onions etc. into a fine paste. This is usually eaten with rice. In Sri Lankan we have a similar sambal which we call ‘pol sambol’ – this too is made out of grated coconut, chillies, onions, Maldive fish (which is a type of dried fish) and lime juice (you can find a recipe for this in my blog: https://thestoveandi.com/2013/12/05/the-humble-pol-sambol/. However, I have never come across a sambal which is gravy-like…I can ask my mom-in-law if there is a dish similar to the one you described.
      Hope I have managed to shed some light on your question!
      I am quite fond of Malaysian food myself…who can say no to a nice bowl of laksa or a nasi goreng!! Is the latter originally from Indonesia or Malaysia?

  2. Thank you so much Dinusha for taking the time to reply to my queries. Yes, I saw the sambol recipe in your blog. It looks so yummy. We have this in Malaysia too, thanks to the Sri Lankan Tamil people. It is one of my favorite things to eat with puttu. The other is of course banana and brown sugar😜. If you have any luck with the info from your MIL, so let me know. Fried rice or nasi goreng as it is called in Malay is a regional dish, usually prepared with left over rice, can be found here, in Singapore, Indonesia and perhaps even Thailand. I think it is Chinese in origin but has been modified by ethinic groups.

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