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Apr 14, 2009

Happy new year and a simple tamil lunch!!

A very happy new year(according to tamil calender)/happy Chitra Vishu to all the readers of creative Saga!!
tamil lunch
Chitra vishu is the tamil new year which falls on the first of chitrai month according to the tamil calender ..i.e on 14th of April. In case you are interested you can read about its significance here.
As a general practice ,on this day, the first thing we do is to worship the god where lots of fruits and vegetables ,rice and cereals as well as money and gold are displayed in front of a mirror by one of the elders in the house and one is supposed to see the reflection of all these things in the mirror. This is vishu kani. And then the elders gift the young with money. This is called kaineetam. You can find a interesting article here too.
Tamil food or saapadu is generally a three course meal. First the rice is taken with sambar, then with rasam and finally with curd. This is accompanied with a kootu or avial( vegetable with gravy) and poriyal /curry(dry vegetable usually) and pachadi(something like raitha). Then the other richer accompaniments are payasam, vadai and appalams.
Today I cooked a simple lunch , though I wouldn't call it too simple. I never remember whipping up an elaborate lunch like this. But of course I replaced payasam with kesari. I did not fry vadais and appalams instead used some readilly available potato chips.
Food is served on the banana leaves. And each item occupies a very specific and special position on the leaf.
Neem flowers are fried in ghee and added to all the food especially the pachadi on this day.

You can find the recipes of

Poriyal I made is a simple stir fry of potatoes and carrots and then added some grated coconut after the veges cook well. I have used a seasoning of mustard seed, udid dal and channa dal and red chillies.
I made a instant mango pickle by chopping the raw mango to small cubes and then added some turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt. You can't store this for a long time.
The pachadi made with mango called as mangai pachadi. In this, the raw mango is cut into small pieces and cooked in water with a little turmeric powder and a pinch of salt. Then add some jaggery and cook till it mixes well. Now thicken with a little flour(rice or wheat)mixed in water.
Do leave a comment or mail me if you need a exact recipe for a pachadi, rasam and sambar. I will post it sometime.tamil lunch

42 comments:

homecooked said...

Happy New year to you! The thali looks very festive.

Chitra said...

happy vishu sowmya, thats a nice spread:)

Asha said...

Simple? I think not, it's wonderful and yummy feast. Happy new year! :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Happy Tamil new year, looks like a feast wow wonderful thaali, what else can one ask for new yr??? a cook like you :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!
We too make maanga pachdi same way except last part,instead rice flour we use coconut to thicken..:)

Trupti said...

Happy New Year Sowmya. Everything looks delicious

Pooja said...

Delicious spread...Happy new year to you and your family...

notyet100 said...

wish u happy new yr,..;-)platter looks yummy licious,..

Priya said...

Happy New year, delicious platter!

Cham said...

I can see u had a feast! Happy Vishu my Dear Sowmya!

Lavanya said...

nice dishes..happy new year..enjoy :)

Indhu said...

awesome spread :)
like kalyana samayal saadham :)

Pavithra said...

Platter is looking so tempting....

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. nice entry.. sounds delicious.. nice click..

Uma said...

A very happy new year to you and your family too! Thali looks so mouth-watering :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

lovely platter. happy new year!

Divya Vikram said...

Happy New year and happy Vishu!

LG said...

Sowmya, Happy New Year to you and family :) You managed to made me drool early in the morning by showing that delicious thali

Vibaas said...

Happy New year, dear! Yummy platter :)

jayasree said...

Happy New Year to you too. Great festive lunch.

Shama Nagarajan said...

happy new year and yummy traditional thaali.....

Jayashree said...

Lovely spread. Hope you have a great new year.

Aparna Prabhu said...

Happy new year sowmya!
I have tasted the Mangai Pachadi, the moong dal sweet, nd sambar.... My friend gave it here.... and i ur platter looks good

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh that is a delectable platter. happy New year to you and your family....

A_and_N said...

Happ new year to you too Sowmya! the thali looks like a mini-meal served in hotels :)

Vicky Xavier. said...

Happy new year dear. very happy to see a enthusiastic Tamil New year dinner. Lovely spread.

Akal's Saappadu said...

lovely delicious treat!

will finish all that fast to relish the soji peacefully :)

Ashwini said...

Lovely platter..Happy New year to you and your family..

Vaishali said...

I would kill right now for that delicious-looking simple lunch. Happy new year, Sowmya!

DEESHA said...

Happy new year to you & a very nie lunch dear

raaji said...

happy new yr sowmya....nice thaali for the occassion

Ann said...

Happy New Year sowmya..sadya looks great!!

Pavithra Kodical said...

Happy new year!! Well spread thali...Moutwatering..Aviyal is so tempting.

Ammu said...

Happy new year sowmya... Lovely dishes.

Yasmeen said...

happy vishu sowmya,simply delicious platter:)

aquadaze said...

hey happy new year..that is one awesome spread :)

Sia said...

awesome thali. belated new yr wishes to u too :)

Premyscakes said...

Happy new year sowmya. lovely spread.
very much inviting.

Pooja said...

Happy New Year :) The thali looks delicious and appetizing!

Valarmathi said...

Nice thali. Looks wonderful. HAppy new year

Cynthia said...

I hope it's not too late to add my New Year wishes to you and your family.

Subhie Arun said...

happi new year to u n ur fly dear..ur platter looks so tempting...

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