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Last Updated : Dec 25,2017
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!
25 Dec 17
Sweet Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal, Chakkarai by Tarla Dalal
God’s favourite offering, and man’s favourite prasad! Yes, the Sweet Pongal has won this contest hands-down.
For generations, South Indians have believed the Sweet Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal to be one of the best offerings to God, as it combines rice and dal with jaggery and spices, all being aus ....
27 Nov 17
Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake by Tarla Dalal
Ela Ada is a traditional sweet delicacy from Kerala, made by steaming stuffed rice flour pancakes wrapped in a banana leaf.
Here, we have shown the Ela Ada with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. On special occasions, it may also be made with a stuffing of sweetened jackfruit pulp.
Ela means le ....
14 Dec 17
Vegetables in Coconut Curry, Karwar Style Valval Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Vegetables in Coconut Curry or Valval is a classic mixed vegetable preparation from the Western coastal region, where coconuts grow in plenty and are used abundantly in the cuisine.
Here, an assortment of colourful and juicy veggies is flavoured simply with green chillies and cumin seeds and coo ....
13 Oct 17
Sambhar Rice, Sambar Sadam by Tarla Dalal
A traditional one-dish meal
from the kitchens of Tamil Nadu, the Sambhar Rice is enjoyed so much by them that it is made on special occasions as well as lazy weekends!
They need no reason or occasion to make Sambhar Rice – if they feel like it, ....
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 ....
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 ....
15 Oct 15
Kolumbu by Tarla Dalal
When you are tired of the daily Sambhar
, this delectable Kolumbu will lend a special touch to your breakfast!
Packed with the power of spices and dals, this tasty, veggie-loaded accompaniment is also quite satiating. While it goes great with Idli ....
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.
09 Aug 17
Kerala Parippu, Kerala Dal, Onam Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Simple yet rich, the Kerala Parippu is something beyond explanation – an experience to be savoured. This authentic Kerala dal recipe uses common, everyday ingredients, yet it is addictively tasty when had with freshly steamed rice
Cooked moong dal is flavoured ....
26 Nov 12
Sambhar by Tarla Dalal
The aromatic flavours of this traditional South Indian dish are truly irresistible. The speciality of this sambhar is that it is made with minimal oil and loads of vegetables which enhance its nutritive value. When served hot with Nutritious Stuffed Idlis, it makes a meal that is very hard to resi ....
07 Jul 17
Paal Payasam in A Pressure Cooker, Sweet Milk Rice Kheer Recipe for Onam by Tarla Dalal
Paal Payasam is one of the most traditional kheers of South India. It is served in almost every wedding and other special occasions.
The traditional method, which involves cooking the rice in milk in a heavy-bottomed vessel, takes a long time. Hence, we present you with a quick and easy alternat ....
07 Jul 17
Upperi, Raw Banana Sweet Crispies, Recipe for Onam by Tarla Dalal
This is an awe-inspiring snack from the traditional cuisine of Kerala. Crunchy, deep-fried raw banana roundels are bathed in jaggery syrup and coated with powdered sugar to make a crisp and sweet snack with a rustic, traditional taste.
The coating of powdered sugar enhances the mouth-feel of the ....
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 ....
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 ....
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