Sunday, August 30, 2009

OnaSadya (Onam Feast) - for you..!!!

 
 
Dear readers n foodie friends..Finally,Onam is here at our thresholds..For us its Uthradam day after tomorrow which happens to be Onnam Onam (First Onam) n Thiruvonam the next day.For any Malayali,in any part of the world,this is the festival..the occasion to get a bit (or more..) nostalgic..memories about home land..Kerala..those lush greens glittering on OnaPulari(Onam day morning)  n coconut trees swaying in light breeze n  “Aarppoo…Irrooo” sounds n Athapookkalams (floral designs) n Vallam Kali n scrumptious Sadya n ..list goes on..Wherever we are ,on that one day we tend to miss our place n dwells into those sweet memories of our childhood Onam’s..right? :)..My memories of Onam is filled with heavenly fragrance of Kaya Upperi,that my mom makes 2 days before Thiruvonam..n Pulikali ,when people dressed like tiger’s n hunters do the joyful dance n go celebrating through the streets..n Our Boat race /Vallam kali..n of course the Sadya..:)..As kids we used to sway in swings that my dad would set up during Onam vaccation n that swing sport stopped one fine day when I had an accident with it..Dad pushed my swing hard n me instead of enjoying it,got scared n jumped blindly from the fast moving swing..*$@%#$%..Rest you can imagine..I still have bumps on my lower lip..:D
 
All that we can do is ,try to recreate the feel at home n enjoy with our family n most of us do prepare Onasadya for that..:)..Hot Kuthari choru (rice) with a number of palate-pleasing colorful curries ,pappadam (fritters),pickles n finally the sweet payasam(kheer) to finish it off…sounds bliss right..So let today’s post be that..I’ll help you all with your OnaSadya menu by bringing in here,all sadya items I have posted before..:)
This is my 2nd Onam here,n last year Onam was on the 2nd day of my arrival in US.Still,being our first Onam together I managed to make  a Sadya which was not all that great..:D..n then I made Sadya again on Vishu n here is a glimpse of that.In that particular post,I have jotted down most of the recipes..but will club that all with links here again..:)
Follow the links/Click pics for recipes

Kerala Sadya

As I have mentioned before,a Sadya will have rice as the main entry,on one side of a fresh Vazhayila(banana leaf) with multiple curries on the other side of the leaf rib.Usually people start the sadya with Rice,Katti Parippu(Yellow moong dal curry) , ghee(clarified butter) n pappadam(round fritters made of Urad dal-available in Indian stores in US)..Here is the Parippu curry

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..then its time to introduce Pulissery or Kurukku Kalan..

Pulissery is a thick gravy which has veggie pieces like Vellarikka( a type of cuccumber) n a coconut paste n yogurt as main ingredient.Kalan has yam,plantain n the same coconut paste n yogurt.Both the dishes has tempering as final touch..

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..n some Mampazha Pulisseri also which has the sweet mango flavor in it..

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..n also there is a long array of side dishes like Aviyal,kichadi,pachadi etc..But if you  like to have lil Sambar also on top of rice,then here is it for you.Authentic Central Kerala Sambar...:)

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..some Thoran is a must..Thoran is a preparation of grated/sliced veggies with grated coconuts n tempering..Here is the Cabbage Thoran..:)

 

 

 

 

Cabbage Thoran

..or some healthy Cheera thoran (Spinach thoran)..

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..No Sadya is complete without Aviyal..Its a tasty mixed veg preparation with lots of colorful veggies and a coarse ground paste of coconut n chillies n cumin powder..:)

Aviyal..Kichadi n Pachadi is also a main item for the Sadya..Kichadi’s are made with Okra,Bittergourd etc n Pachadi’s with Tomato,Pineapple/grapes,beets etc..Method of prepartion is more or less the same though..

Here is Okra Kichadi ..


Vendakka Kichadi
..n Tomato pachadi..(old pic)
 
 
..n Pineapple-grapes Pachadi /Pineapple-Munthiri pachadi
pineapple  pachadi


..n Beetroot Pachadi..
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..Olan is a mild yet so much flavorful n yummy dish ..Pumpkin n kidney beans cooked n drenched in thick coconut milk n flavored with coconut oil n curry leaves..:)
 



Olan


Erisseri is my personal favorite in Sadya..Its yellow pumpkin n kidney beans cooked with coconut paste n finally topped with some fried flavorful coconut.The crunchy taste is amazing..Koottukari is also a similar preparation made with lack chick peas(kadala),yam(Chena) n Kaya(raw plantain) etc n almost the same preparation method..:)

Vanpayara Erisseri

..To digest all these tasty dishes n also to give your taste buds some spicy kick before the sweet payasam,some Rasam should be there..Its a kind of Dal soup..spicy n hearty..

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..Also some spicy butter milk..Just pulse a cup of yogurt with half a cup water,a piece of ginger,3 green chillies,salt n 4-5 curry leaves..Spicy butter milk is ready..:)
..n finally time for Payasam(Kheer)
..Here is some Palada Pradhaman /Ada Payasam..


Palada
 
..n some good ole’ Semiya payasam..:)
 
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..Yum..So thats the OnaSadya..Dont forget to serve with Achar’s(pickles),Injipuly(ginger curry..will post that soon),Upperi’s n Pappadam’s..:)

I wish you all a very joyful n amazing Onam..Enjoy with your loving one’s n ….

..eat, eat n eat to your tummy full..:)

hugs

:)

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Divya Vikram said...

What an array of yummy dishes!Happy Onam!!

My Experiments with Cooking said...

One word, amazing!Last post when you said 'when u get to come to seattle..' I thought you were inviting to your home.Sob!

Greener Bangalore said...

WOW! You are such an amazing cook! Mouth watering vibhavangal! Happy Onam too! :)

Ann said...

Such a sweet post Varsha..Happy Onam to you and hubby..hope you will have a great Onam this time as you are settled to have a full course Onam celebration..The palada makes me droooool..

Once again Happy Onam and hugs

Nags said...

lovely! i am missing home all over again now..

Valarmathi said...

Happy Onam Varsha. Lovely spread.

Divz said...

wowwww sadya avide oringi kazhinjo???
happy onam!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Mouthwatering and makes me hungry!! Lovely spread!

Indhu said...

Happy Onam!
brilliant spread... seriously, I am drooling on my monitor.... I love the thoran :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Nice collection of recipes! Adaiprathaman is my most fav among kerala dishes!

Babli said...

You have presented very beautifully with wonderful pictures of delicious and mouth watering food.
Wish you a very Happy Onam.

Priya said...

Happy onam Varsha dear, Wat a lovely array of droolworthy dishes dear...

Priti said...

Wow am so full looking at those...wow you had gr8 celebration ...all looks delicious

Aparna Prabhu said...

Happy Onam gal.....nd so many items......huh u have tht big tummy to fill in????
everything luks yum

Sanghi said...

Happy onam dear! Delicious spread! Do pick ur award from my blog!

Minu said...

Great spread. Happy Onam.

Ana Powell said...

Absolutely beautiful and full of vibrant colours.
Happy Onam x

Hari Chandana said...

OMG... Amazing... wonderful presentation.. Simply superb dear.. Happy Onam!!

sangeeta said...

have a happy n fun filled onam this year dear...i am waiting to see the spread you are making this time..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Thank you Varsha! I use PhotoshopCS3 :)

Vani said...

Happy Onam! Lovely spread

Parita said...

Happy Onam!!! What a mouth watering feast there!!

Sharmila said...

Happy Onam Varsha! I always love to have the sadya because I find it similar to the Bengali way of serving food on a banana leaf during festivities. Also a lot of vegetables used are similar ... only the way of cooking is different. Lovely snaps too! :-)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Happy Onam... Wow - what a lovely spread... Each one looks better than the other...

Doloncookbook said...

Happy Oman dear .... What a lovely treat ... Great ...

Premyscakes said...

Happy onam, would love to have those yummy dishes.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Superfantabulous...great work done....Happy Onam!!

Gita said...

Happy Onam dear!...thats an awesome array of dishes...looks wonderful :)

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! Nice post ..Happy Onam!

Padma said...

Happy Onam Varsha!!!
Lovely array of yummy dishes... everthing looks so good.

Medhaa said...

Wow love the spread, looks yummy. Happy Onam

Vijitha Shyam said...

WOW! Varsha. Onam shamshegal.

What a spread dear!

Hope you had a gr8 onam.

Chitra said...

Wow, wat a spread..Happy onam !!! Mouthwatering recipes..Have bookmarked cabbage thoran dear :)

TBC said...

Happy Onam, Varsha.:)

Shobana senthilkumar said...

wow...wat a variety of spread wonderful click:)

Smitha said...

Love that u have covered most of the recipes. Don't u miss home? I do............Hmmmmm!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

Happy Onam!!! I wish I could try every one of this delicious dishes! So beautifully presented!!

Yasmeen said...

Happy Onam Hon.:)

Anantha Kalyana Krishnan said...

Hey,Where is Achar,Chips and Pappadams ,Pazha Norukku,Puli inji?

Do you serve Stew?
Any way all those delicacies are mouth watering indeed. Happy feasting!

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanks everyone..Hope you all have a great Onam..:)..I'll post the Pulinji recipe soon..:)

vidhas said...

lovley post. happy onam, all the dishes looks yum. Varsha i also made ada pradhaman it tasted yum!!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Happy onam varsha...all dishes looks very yummy...hope u have a great time..

Viki's Kitchen said...

What a spread Varsha! I am looking at all the pictures again and again. munthiri pachidi and adai payasam makes me drooling:) Have a very happy and prosperous Onam dear.

Arch said...

Thats an awesome spread Varsha...Have a great Onam...Many years back, i was in the US on work during Onam and celebrated it with my Malayali friend there - we cooked for 3 hours i think and it was wiped clean in half an hour !

Veggie Belly said...

Wow, look at all that gorgeous food! Beetroot pachadi is one of my alltime favorite things..

Shri said...

Such a wonderful spread!I love your Pulissery!!Did I spell that right?

Cham said...

Happy Onam :) That creates a festive mood!

Sakshi said...

Ente Hridayam Niranja Onashamsakkal. So you are making all that for Onam today? What an amazing spread and only two ppl to eat all that? You should have invited my family over to finish it off.

Btw you forgot the recipe for Mango Cheese Cake which is by now officialy part of Onam Sadya in NRI households :)

Subhie Arun said...

"Onam Ashamsangal "..Wish u a very hapi onam..May the spcl blessings of God be with u today n everyday!...Hope u have full course onam platter this time...i didnt make much ...i missing my home now....
hugs

Subhie Arun said...

"Onam Ashamsangal "..Wish u a very hapi onam..May the spcl blessings of God be with u today n everyday!...Hope u have full course onam platter this time...i didnt make much ...i missing my home now....
hugs

n33ma said...

oh my Varsha.......this is the first time that I am seeing so many authentic kerala dishes together.One looks better than the other.Happy Onam.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

My my what a feast of Onam cuisine. I have tasted every item in my friend Divya's home during the festival last year. First time here and u got a very delicious selection of recipes. Do visit my blog @http://bsaraswathy.blogspot...give ur lovely comments on the space..
Chitra

archana said...

What a spread ! Happy Onam to you

Usha said...

Happy Onam Varsha, everything here looks fantastic !

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a beautiful post...being from Mumbai Onam has only been about the elaborate sadya. Everything else i've only heard from mom n dad. It's so good to read about all the festivities. n each dish out there looks amazing...Happy Onam to u too.

jayasri said...

OMG!!, your spread is....., i am not getting a new word to describe, wow !! i am open mouthed, can you ship everything, i want to give everything a try, they looks fabulous, so inviting, as my daughter says please come and eat me thingy...., oh! i forgot happy onam to u and ur hubby, everything their makes you drool, next onam may be i will visit you....,

Purva Desai said...

Wishing u Happy Onasadya as well....
This is a grand feast for eyes......My mouth is watering...

Soma said...

I cannot believe that spread!! how did i miss this? all these remind me of the big spread we bongs have. Happy onam Varsha to you & family.

notyet100 said...

feast looks yum,....

Muneeba said...

My mouth is watering SO much! that's a feast I'd be very happy with :))

 
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