ONAM is a festival celebrated by people in Kerala .It is a harvest festival and the significance of the homecoming of the mythological demon King Mahabali. During the month of Singham the first month of calendar malayalees all over the world celebrate this festival .Onam falls in between August and September every year people prepare Sadya for this festival for grand feast. A single course ofOnam Sadya has 24 to 28 dishes 11 dishes are essentially prepared for Onam sadya .Rice, coconut gratings, coconut milk and coconut oil are the basic ingredients in the most of the dishes. The Meal is traditionally served on banana leaves and consumed in one sitting the Onam sadhya items are served one by one in order even the age old tradition of serving a particular dish on the particular part of Banana leaf is strictly obeyed.
The items served are pappadam, uperi, Chakravaraty,mango curry ,naranga curry ,pachadi ,toran ,avial , parippu curry ,Sambar, pulissery ,rasam, mor kulambu, Ada pradhaman ,pal payasam, kadala payasam, khichadi, koottukari ,neer mor, puvan Pazham,boli.
Watch “Onam Sadya ஓணம் விருந்து” on YouTube
During this covid period when we travel we hesitate to have food from outside. So decided to share this post.
Recently I had to travel so had to pack food for dinner. Instead of using plastic material for packing I have used healthy,biodegradable bananaleaf and paper for packing.
When we heat banana leaf it will not tear.So it will be easy and flexible.Wash the leaf first and then heat the leaf.
I packed idlis, place idlis apply oil and then chutney .
Wrap then cover it with newspaper and put a rubber band.
Same way you can pack chappathi or rice too.
Watch “How to Pack food for travel | இட்லி ரயில் சட்னி பொட்டலம்” on YouTube
How to store coriander leaves
1.Take a container pour water in it keep root side down and leafy portion up cover with a plastic cover and store in fridge. It will stay fresh for longer time. If needed change water after 4 days.
2.Stire groundnuts in a cover open end should be clipped and store in freezer will stay fresh for longer time.
3.If not keep nuts in a box in a airtight container it will not loose the taste.
Watch “Kitchen Storage tips -2” on YouTube
Vazhapoo vada is very tasty and crispy delicacy. It is rich in fibre,VitA,vitB,Vit E Iron. And very good for uterus. This is also diabetic friendly food.
Banana flower chopped….1 cup
Red chillies…6 to 8 nos
Hinge 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped…1 tbs
Fennel seeds….1 tbs
Salt as required.
Oil for frying.
Grind all these coarsely .
Clean banana flower.Remove brown color petals.From small flower bunch remove plastic like object then remove the head like portion too.Now put in chopper or put in pulse mode in mixi jar.
Rinse the Bengal gram dhal and soak with redchillies,garlic pods and drain the water.Grind it if needed add1 or 2 tbs of water.
Now to the coarsely grinded batter add chopped onions, coriander leaves,curry leaves, salt and hinge.
In a kadai add oil and heat it.
When hot add a small bit of batter into oil. It should rise gradually. This is right.Fry vadas till golden brown and flip the other side and fry till golden brown.
Take a small portion and make it as a ball. Then press as vadas.
It will be crispy and very tasty. Can serve with chutney or sauce.
Watch “மொரு மொரு வாழைப்பூ வடை | Tasty crispy banana flower Vada | Vazhai Poo Vada in Tamil” on YouTube
1. While storing coconut scrapings in fridge instead if containers keep in ice cube trays for 1 he and then store in containers it will be easy to use.As per daily requirement take cubes from freezer.
2. To prevent fungus growth in chilli powder take a small amount in a container and then store the balance in freezer .It will be fresh for longer time.
3. Store beverage powders like boost,nescafe after usage in freezer it will be in powder form for longer timewithout forming lumps.
4 To store 🍅 in fridge spread a tissue paper in a container and keep the tomatoes with stem portion facing down and then cover with a tssue paper.
5. To store outside the fridge apply little oil on the stem portion and keep it in a basket it will stay fresher for longer time.
Watch “இதை கூட fridge ல வைக்கலாமே | Kitchen Storage Tips” on YouTube
Watch “தமிழ் நாட்டின் பாரம்பரிய பழங்கரி, சுண்ட கறி | Left over curry” on YouTube
Very healthy version of ice
Vanilla essence…2 TSP
Chopped nuts optional
1. Slice bananas.
2.Put the sliced bananas in a ziplock pouch and store in freezer for 3 hrs.
3.Remive from fridge.Put in a mixie jar and make it a smooth paste.Now add honey and vanilla essence and whip for few seconds.
4. Keep in freezer for 1 hr.
5. While serving serve with chopped nuts or chocolate sauce.
Watch “ரொம்ப எளிதாக வாழை பழம் ஐஸ் க்ரீம் செய்வது எப்படி| Banana Ice-cream. No cream, no sugar.” on YouTube
This another easy one pot recipe.
Star anise….1or 2
Stone flowers few
Rice……1 to 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste
Turmeric powder….1 TBS
Salt as needed
Grind all these into paste.
1.Soak rice for 15 mts
2.In a cooker add ghee.
3. Now add whole spices,bay leaf,saunf,cloves,cinnamon.
4. Fry a little and now add onion,saute add tomatoes tout fry add capsicum.
5. Now add ginger garlic paste,turmeric powder.
6. Mix well add grinded paste fry a little and add soaked rice.
7. Add two times water.
8. Keep for 2 whistle and serve with raita and papad.