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.
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. 
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
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