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Onam, one of the most well-known festivals of South India – especially Kerala and bordering towns – is one of the grandest you can see! In Kerala, it is celebrated with greater pomp and splendor than Diwali. It commemorates the homecoming of the spirit of the legendary King Mahabali. Mahabali was a great king under whose reign the people flourished like never before. His only quirk was his ego and this made Lord Vishnu take his life. Yet, since he was such a wonderful king, the Lord granted his wish to come back once a year and see his people prosper.
Onam, which falls around August-September, symbolizes prosperity and happiness. It is celebrated with dance, music, socializing and of course, food. The boat race is one of the most famous aspects of Onam, which people come from far and wide to watch. Every home is decked with flower rangolis and traditional bronze lamps and people shine in new clothes.
There is a lot of focus on food, and people enthusiastically prepare the traditional Onam ‘sadhya’ – a meal of 20+ dishes served on a plantain leaf. There are many types of kheer, sweets and vegetable dishes prepared on that day, not to forget steamed and deep-fried snacks and pancakes. Ada Pradhaman, Chakka Pradhaman and Nei Payasam are some of the famous kheers, while Unniappam, Vada and Upperi are amongst the famous snacks. Avial, Thoran, Puliseri, Pachadi, vegetable curries, and many more main course dishes are also prepared on the day!
Indeed, in every way, it is a day of holistic celebration. The air is resonant with temple bells, music and laughter. The most notable thing about Onam is that it is a festival without religious boundaries. Everybody in Kerala celebrates it – and that, is the true spirit of any festival!
13 Feb 16
Chana Dal Vada, Crispy Chana Dal Vada by Tarla Dalal
The moment a South Indian buys a cup of tea
, he would also buy a plate of Chana Dal Vada to accompany it! That is how popular this tasty South Indian
Chana Dal Vada is.
And not without reason. With loads ....
23 Sep 13
Cabbage Thoren by Tarla Dalal
A signature kerala dish…super easy to make, good to look at, nutritious and delicious are some things going in favour of this dish. Loaded with coconut, usually, here we have used only 2 tbsp and yet maintained the taste.
15 Oct 15
Jaggery Dosa by Tarla Dalal
Easy and quick sweet dosa made with a combination of flours and jaggery, perked up with grated coconut and spiced up with cardamom!
This dosa is only mildly sweet, so can be served as a teatime snack, but if you wish, you could make a nice sweet and savoury dosa platter by serving this with re ....
10 Mar 17
Hyderabadi Lauki Kheer with Mini Rasgullas by Tarla Dalal
Here is a traditional Hyderabadi
delicacy, which is served at weddings and other grand functions. This unique kheer is made with lauki but you will never be able to guess that when you taste it!
Cooked with milk and mawa, and garnished with nuts, the lauk ....
06 Feb 17
Hyderabadi Paneer Potato Kulcha by Tarla Dalal
An extraordinary kulcha with a spicy and satisfying taste, which makes it fit to be served just like that without any elaborate side-dishes.
With a rich stuffing of paneer and potatoes, flavoured with myriad ingredients like green chillies, ginger, onions and herbs like coriander and mint, this H ....
15 Feb 17
Beetroot and Coconut Sabzi, South Indian Sabzi by Tarla Dalal
An easy and tasty South Indian
recipe, which features grated beetroot, flavoured with a traditional tempering and a scrumptious mixture of coconut, garlic and spice powders.
Since the beetroot is grated, it cooks very fast, so you can make this Beetroot ....
19 Jan 16
Malabari Curry, South Indian Vegetable Curry by Tarla Dalal
Malabari Curry is a mouth-watering South Indian
vegetable curry, which features a spectrum of textures and flavours. An assortment of veggies gives this curry multiple colours, flavours and textures, while a tongue-tickling paste of of coconut and spices giv ....
03 Feb 17
Kokum Saar, Kokum Rasam by Tarla Dalal
Here is a tongue-tickling version of the popular South Indian
delicacy rasam, made with kokum. The tanginess of kokum and the spiciness of dry chilli flakes together give this Kokum Saar an invigorating flavour.
Ingredients like onion, green chillies and ....
05 Jan 17
Unni Appam, Mini Sweet Appam by Tarla Dalal
If you are familiar with South Indian
cooking, you are sure to have encountered the traditional appam, the irresistibly sweet, deep-fried, brown-coloured balls fragrant with banana and molten jaggery!
While it is traditionally made using ground wheat or ....
20 Aug 13
Mixed Vegetable Sagu by Tarla Dalal
Mixed vegetable sagu is a popular dish that can be had in most parts of south india. This versatile side dish goes well with puris, dosas, aappam, and even rice! if in a hurry, you can whip it up in a jiffy using readymade sagu masala that is available from various brands in most supermarkets. For b ....
20 Aug 13
Appam ( How To Make Appam ) by Tarla Dalal
Appam is a famous dish from the keralite repertoire of south indian cooking. This recipe is an easy-to-make, instant version of the otherwise tough-to-make dish. Since yeast is used, the batter need not be fermented for long unlike the traditional version. Serve appam with slightly-sweetened coconut ....
20 Aug 13
Chakra Pongal, Sweet Pongal by Tarla Dalal
This is a sweet dish that is made during most festivals in South India. During Sankrant
, it is especially significant as it is made with freshly harvested rice.
Remember to top it with oodles of ghee as it is the ghee that charact ....
07 Aug 15
Red Pumpkin Pachadi by Tarla Dalal
Wonderfully unique, the Red Pumpkin Pachadi stands out from others in its combined use of curds and coconut milk. Though you might never have tried it before, you will be pleasantly surprised to see that mellow coconut milk and tangy curds complement each other very well, and together with the aroma ....
24 Jul 14
Spinach and Carrot Pulao with Coconut Curry by Tarla Dalal
Chock-full of nutrients and bubbling with flavour, the Spinach and Carrot Rice with Coconut Curry is a tasteful preparation of spinach and carrot rice perked up with a spicy paste, layered with coconut curry, and baked in an oven so the flavours mingle and cause your taste buds to tingle!
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