No festive lunch in Tamilnadu is said to be complete without Vadai (vada) and payasam (kheer). Though I never cook an elaborate lunch, I was quite eager to do so for this Diwali. So the lunch menu was of course parappu vadai and pal payasam along with drumstick sambar, tomato rasam, podalangai(snakegourd) kootu, beans poriyal, fried appalams and rice. I was really busy to take a picture of the whole thali this time. But for those who are interested can see a post on Tamil festive lunch here.