Hi my dearss...Hope you all had a real great Vishu /Tamil New year/Baisaki..:). I had a great time as well..Arranged a Kani,made a small Sadya n all..:) He was home..n so it was not at all boring..I made some of dishes day before, n so yesterday was kinda relaxing..We got time to watch Vishu special Tv programs,n more than that time to spend with each other on the blessed day..:)
It was sunny since afternoon yesterday,yet we didn't go out..because as usual,after Sadya I got kinda dizzy n hallucniated n fell into the process of deep snoring..:D.It happens to most of us after Sadya rite..After an hour or so ,after the grand feast,we starts to feel mildly light -headed n off we fell to couch n zzz..Thats what happened to me as well..We both were so full of food after lunch that we got kinda reluctant to have dinner..n the good thing is I dont have to sweat in kitchen today..So much left-over's are there..Ha..It was really nice n soothing to our mind as well as tummy to have all that authentic food in the authentic way..:)..Seeing n hearing all those sights n scenaries of Kerala ,n tasting the traditional food,we felt like at home yesterday..It was a great feeling..We didn't get the Vazhayila(Banana leaf),but with the somber plates of ours,imagined as pretty Ila's, stitting cross-legged on floor,we had the Sadya..:)
As I promised in last post,I have few of Sadya items for today's post..Maybe you can use that for the next Sadya you are preparing..b'day or Onam or any ocassion..:)..I didn't make a full fledged Sadya..remember..its 25-30 +..I made 7 dishes n a payasam n pappadam ..:) Remember how I lamented about not getting curry leaves for Sadya..n I was utterly depressed..was even thinking n dreaming of taking a flight to CA ,n me frolicking like mad in those big bright green curry leaf gardens...:P..heaving a few sighs, I was spring cleaning my fridge,n I opened the so-long-untouched drawer n Voila..!!..I saw 2 big full packs of fresh curry leaves...!! I guess I wouldnt have been more happier,If I got to see 2 packs of gold biscuits there..:D..I was so elated n springing up n down in joy,I phoned ,with a pleasant venegance , one person,who ,on my previous post,even dared to make fun of my pathetic situation by showing me pics of curry leaves..he he..:D..n as she said mebe her magic link worked..lols.But I did another blunder..I thought I had moong dal for katti parippu,but forgot that I had accidentaly picked Urad dal instead of it..So there was no Parippu yesterday n I made a pulisseri instead,,.Anyways it was fun to cook with my Kutts ,he as if trying to help me,raiding all our cupboards n fishing out all the chips n me trying to push him outa kitchen..:p.. To make my Vishu even more beautiful,I got a cute touching birthday card sent by my lovely sweetie pie Sakshi..:)..Thanks da..:)
Ok..so this is my small Sadya.Sorry for the not so good pics..I was in ahurry as you can imagine..:P..Rice in center.Dishes in clockwise order..Right to pappadams is Aviyal, then Sambar, Kichadi , Olan , Pulisseri ,Palada payasam ,upperi sarkrra varatti achar uppu , Erisseri n thoran .. :)
Sambar is already posted..
For Aviyal :
Cook the cut-in-length thin vegetable pieces,about 2 cups of it ,in water , 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder,1 tsp chilli powder n salt till soft.
Meanwhile coarsely grind a cup of fresh grated coconut ,1/2 tsp Cumin powder n 3-4 green chillies.
Make a well in the centre of the veggies n pop this ground stuff there.Close it with veggies n simmer for sometime,closed.
Now open the lid,mix everything up n add a 1-2 Tbsp of yogurt n mix n simmer for some more time.
Now drizzle curry leaves mashed in coconut oil with some extra oil all over n close till use..:)
For Okra kichadi:
Fry the thin cut Okra's about 1 cup ,in oil with lil salt n chilli powder,to make it firm.
Once its fried ,add the paste of 1 cup fresh grated coconut ,1/2 tsp Cumin powder, a pinch of Mutard seeds n 3-4 green chillies n sitr well under low heat.
Once the raw smell goes,add 1-2 Tbsp yogurt n simmer for a while.
Do the usual tempering with mustad,fenugreek,broken red chillies n lotsa curry leaves.
Cook 1 cup Ashgourd pieces n 1 cup half-cooked Kidney beans in almost 2 cups or lil more of 2nd coconut milk(thin one),with 3-4 slilt green chillies n a 1/2 tsp fresh pepper powder,till soft n flavorful.
Mash it lightly n cook well.
Pour a cup of thick coconut milk over it now,n simmer for a while..
Drizzle lotsa curry leaves mashed in oil n a generous amount of oil over the dish n close till use..:)
For Pulisseri/ Kurukku Kalan :
People usually use the yellow cuccumber used for Kani,that morning.For Kurkku kalan,normally Chena,kaya(plantain ) etc are used..
Cook 1 cup of yellow cuccumber /other veggie pieces in water,with salt ,1/2 tsp tumeric powder n 1 ts chilli powder,2-3 slit green chillies n some cury leaves.
When they are soft,add the ground paste of 1 cup fresh grated coconut ,1/2 tsp Cumin powder, n 3-4 green chillies.
Stir n cook in simmer till rawness goes.
Add 3 Tbsp of Yougurt n stir well for a while n simmer.
Do the tempering..
..n for Kurukku kalan cook the 1 cup of yam n plantain pieces with 1/2 tsp turmeric,1 tsp pepper powders,curry leaves n salt till soft.
Now in a stone pot(kalchatti)/pan pop in these pieces n add 1.5 cups of beaten curd n cook in simmer for a while.(take care not to curdle the yogurt).Keep stirring n lightly mash the veggies .
Now add the ground paste of 3/4 cup coconut,4-5 green chillies n 1/2 tsp cumin powder into the pan.
Stir n simmer for a while.
DO the tempering..
For Ada payasam / Palada Pradhaman:
Rinse the ada ,about 1 cup ,under running water for a number of times to remove its stickiness.
Cook it in boiling water till soft n again rinse it in cold water.
When most of the sitckiness is gone,add a lil water and sugar as per your taste and stir it till sufar dissolves.
Now pour in 2 cups of milk and keep stirring till it boils.
Taste n adjust sugar.
Now simmer for a while,n add cardamom powder n 1 -2 tsp Ghee..!
Cook 2 cups of cubed yellow pumpkin(other veggies like Chena,kaya etc used in some regions of Kerala) with with lil salt ,1/2 tsp tumeric powder n 1 ts chilli powder,2-3 slit green chillies n some cury leaves,till its soft n mushy.
Thrown in 1 cup of half-cooked kidney beans n stir to mix n cook for a while.
When they are soft,add the ground paste of 1 cup fresh grated coconut ,1/2 tsp Cumin powder,1 tsp Pepper powder, n 3-4 green chillies n stir n simmer for a while.
Meanwhile,heat some oil in a pain,splutter a pinch of mustard seeds,1 tsp urad dal,fry 2 small shallots n curry leaves ,n throw in a cup of fresh grated coconut n fry till brown.
Towards the end add lil more oil n add a tsp of pepper.
Fry again till brown.
Pour this over the curry n stir to mix.
This is my fav dish,n the crunchy taste of fried coconut in the mellow gravy is divine..!
For Cabbage thoran:
Heat oil in a pan,throw in lotsa curry leaves,splutter 1 tsp Mustard seeds,1/2 ts fenugreek,1 tsp Urad dal,1 tsp raw rice and broken red chillies .
Now add 1 cup of sliced onions,4 cut green chillies ,1 tsp turmeric powder n saute well.
Throw in 1 cup of frsh grated cocnut n stir n saute.
Heap it in center and pour all the sliced cabbage ,about 3 cups over it.
Simmer,close n cook for 5-8 mins.
Open the lid,increase heat,add salt,mix everything well n fry for 5-10 mins,stirring in between..!!
..So that was my sadya..Hope you find this post useful..All of the dishes are real tasty n nutritious with lots of veggies n good things in it..So you can always try this,no matter what the ocassion is..Usually there should be a Rasam n Moru before the Payasam.That I'll do next time..!
..Haa..am tired now ,will see you next here on Friday..!!
Am yet to explore your posts..wait for me n hugs..:)