by Vithya Nandakumar

Pongal is Sri Lanka's version of rice pudding. It contains lentils as well as rice, and the sweetness comes from jaggery – a block of unrefined cane sugar which is available from many Asian grocery shops and large supermarkets.



In Europe cashews are usually eaten dried, roasted and salted as a snack or in salads. Use unsalted cashews, whole or ground, for cooking - they're often added to Chinese and South East Asian dishes just before serving. Cashew nuts are particularly good with chicken or prawn dishes and can be used in meat or vegetable stews or curries. Or thrown them into rice dishes to add texture.