Sadya on a plate – 2016 Onam

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BM # 70
Week 4, Day 1
Theme : Thali
A proper thali meal needs some planning in terms of preparation and execution. People mostly prepare a thali or any elaborate meal when there is some festival or guests are visiting. In my case, my fridge was empty to prepare a thali meal, but my drafts section was full. So I am taking you back to a meal I prepared in September this year for Onam.
With my dad visiting us, there was some motivation in preparing this mini sadya. If it was just the three of us, I don’t think I would have bothered. We had a full sadya the next day at a friend’s place, so Onam really was good :-).
Though the plate looks messy, it has twelve dishes in there. The chips and pickle are ready made, but everything else was prepared at home. Funniest part was that my fridge was equally empty that day also, so this is literally what I scrapped from all my resources – fridge, freezer and pantry.I wasn’t planning on capturing the sadya on camera, but I am glad I did!
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Recipe source: Ramya’s recipe

Ingredients: 

To grind:

  • 1/3 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 green chilli or per taste

Other ingredients:

  • 2 cups pineapple chunks (I used canned)
  • pinch turmeric powder
  • salt as needed
  • 1/3 cup yogurt, whisked well
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Method:

  1. Cook pineapple chunks with a little water and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add salt as needed.
  2. Grind the coconut, mustard seeds, jeera and chilli to a smooth paste adding water as needed. Add this paste to the cooked pineapple. Let it boil for a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat.
  3. Whisk the yogurt well and add it to the pineapple mix. Mix well and take off the stove.
  4. Heat one teaspoon of oil in a small pan for tadka. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once the mustard pops, take off the heat and add it to the kichadi. That’s it!

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Kerala Sadya Recipes/ Onam Sadya Recipes

 

Here is the recap of all the recipes from A to Z done as part of Blogging Marathon 32. My theme was Sadya recipes for this BM.

A for Avial, Ada Pradhaman, Achinga payar and chena Mezhukkupiratti

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B for Beetroot Kichadi, Beet root thoran, Beans Thoran
Mini meals 

C  for Carrot Thoran, Cabbage Thoran

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D for Daal – Parippu Curry

parippu curry - daal

E – Erisseri – Chena & Mathan Vanpayaru
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F for Fruit Pachadi
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G for God’s Own Country – Kerala 

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H for How to Serve a Sadya

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I for Inji Puli

inji puli

J for Jackfruit Payasam / Chakka Pradhaman

chakka pradhaman
K for Kalan & Koottu Curry

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L for Lemon Rasam 

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M for Mambazha Pulisseri & Mathan Pachadi
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N – Neer Moru/ButterMilk

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O – Olan 

Olan

P – Payasam & Pookkalam

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Q for Quaker Oats Payasam 

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R for Rice and Rasam

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S for Sambar

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T for Thenga paal

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U for Upperi

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V for Vegetable Cutting

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Wfor Wheat Payasam

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X for Xtra Tips for Preparing a Sadya

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Y for Yam Fry

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Z for Zebra Green Tomato Avial

green tomato avial

Zebra Green Tomato Avial

green tomato avial

The whole of this month, the Blogging Marathon members have been dishing out recipes from A to Z. September was a month long marathon, with A to Z as the theme.

With Onam around the corner (when we started the BM), I picked Onam recipes as my challenge. This was an exception as the main themes were different.

Today is the last day and you have no idea how much thinking had gone into this post. And how much cheating too! H, D and G were all difficult, but X and Z was almost impossible, given that the recipe had to fit into Sadya theme or at least be a Kerala based one.

The choices for Z were Orange zest rasam, zest (actually, peel)of orange pachadi, zucchini thoran or sambar. These would fit into Kerala cuisine at least, if not Sadya in particular. But I couldn’t get oranges or zucchini here. But I did get some green tomatoes, with had small stripes on them  here and there.

These werent the proper ‘Green Zebra‘ tomatoes, but these were green and did have SOME stripe like patterns, so for the lack of choice, I am christening them as Zebra Tomatoes. Scroll down for the recipe and this is one of the ‘Nadan'(kind of means native) recipes.

green tomato avial

The regular Avial we make is a mix of a lot of vegetables, but there are a lot of other avial recipes too. Green tomato avial is one. Jackfruit (not ripe) and Mango avial is another.

In Kerala, there is a saying “Chakkayum Mangayum 6 masam, angane-ingane 6 masam”, meaning you manage with Jack fruit and Mangoes for 6 months and then manage with this and that for the remaining 6 months.

green tomato avial

Ingredients:

  • Green Tomatoes:    1/2 kg
  • Chillies                    :    1
  • Turmeric powder :  1/4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Coconut Oil             :    2 tsp
  • Curry leaves

For grinding:

  • Coconut, scrapped     :      3/4 cup
  • Jeera, cumin seeds     :      1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies               :        2-3

Method: 

  1. Optional step: You can saute 1/2 cup chopped shallots and then start from there.
  2. Wash clean and cut tomatoes into long finger chips like pieces. Slit the chilli open into two pieces.
  3. Grind coconut, jeera and chillies into a smooth paste. Now, if you have sauteed the onions, then add the tomatoes and chilli and cook for a minute. Else add the tomatoes, chilli and the ground paste together in a pan.
  4. Cook in low fire until the tomatoes are done. You need to add the turmeric powder and salt too.
  5. Once the tomatoes are done (they should retain their shape, but its ok if its mushy like mine too :D), take off the heat. Add the coconut oil on top and curry leaves to it.
  6. Close it with a lid for the flavors to mix. Serve with rice as a side dish.

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Previous posts in this series, from A to Z :

  1. A – Avial, Ada Pradhaman, Achinga Payar – Chena Mezhukkupiratti
  2. B – Beetroot Kichadi, Beet root thoran, Beans Thoran
  3. C  – Carrot Thoran, Cabbage Thoran
  4. D – Daal – Parippu Curry
  5. E – Erisseri – Chena & Mathan Vanpayaru
  6. F – Fruit Pachadi
  7. G – God’s Own Country – Kerala
  8. H – How to Serve a Sadya
  9. I – Inji Puli
  10. J – Jackfruit Payasam – Chakka Payasam
  11. K – Kalan & Koottu Curry
  12. L – Lemon Rasam
  13. M – Mambazha Pulisseri & Mathan Pachadi
  14. N – Neer Moru/ButterMilk
  15. O – Olan
  16. P – Payasam & Pookkalam
  17. Q – Quaker Oats Payasam
  18. R – Rice and Rasam
  19. S – Sambar
  20. T – Thenga paal
  21. U – Upperi
  22. V – Vegetable Cutting
  23. W- Wheat Payasam
  24. X – Xtra Tips for Preparing a Sadya
  25. Y – Yam Fry
  26. Z – Zebra Green Tomato Avial

Logo courtesy : Preeti

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32 

Linking this to Valli’s Side Dish Mela.

Yam Fry / Chena Upperi – Sadya Recipes

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Almost at the finish line for the A-Z Blogging Marathon this month. We are in the letter Y, and there only one more post to finish this 26 post month long marathon! And I haven’t a clue what to post for Z ;-)…

Anyway, coming to Y, there was no doubt that it should be yam based recipe. Yam features a lot in Kerala recipes. In olden days, this was one of the regular backyard vegetables. This on its own, or paired with raw bananas, are cooked in many ways.

Yam is one of the basic vegetables for Avial. Its also used in Erisseri, Kalan, Koottu curry, Mezhukkupiratti etc. Yam mezhukkupiratti is a really tasty dish.

I used to avoid buying yam to avoid the messy cleaning up. But now, this month’s BM has changed it for me. I am no more lazy to buy/clean this veggie now :-)

yam fry

I am scared of deep frying and am slowly getting over the fear. My son loves poori and I am learning how to make those. I dump the poori into the hot oil and then run for cover to avoid the oil splash. Things are def improving, though :).

My husband tells me that making pappadam is the same. In fact he points out that making pappadam is easier as I have to just fry and not make them from scratch.

Here, I have deep fried the yam cubes and served them as upperi. I made these for the sadya as well My son and my husband loved it as only deep fried stuff lovers can do!

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Ingredients:

  • Yam, cubed         :     1 cup (for 2 people)
  • Oil                            :     to deep fry
  • Salt
  • Turmeric
  • Water

Method:

This is best prepared fresh, as it becomes soft (for me it did) after sometime.

  1. Wash, clean and dice the yam.
  2. Mix a pinch of turmeric powder (optional) and salt with 2 tbsp water. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil for frying. Add the yam in batches and when almost done, sprinkle the salt water (this is how it is done but I was scared to try it. I am still learning how to deep fry. So I added salt finally after the upperi was fried). Take off the oil and drain in a colander laid with tissue papers.
  4. Finish the rest of the yam in batches. Serve the upperi with rice. This pairs very well with lemon rasam.

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Previous posts in this series, from A to Z :

  1. A – Avial, Ada Pradhaman, Achinga Payar – Chena Mezhukkupiratti
  2. B – Beetroot Kichadi, Beet root thoran, Beans Thoran
  3. C  – Carrot Thoran, Cabbage Thoran
  4. D – Daal – Parippu Curry
  5. E – Erisseri – Chena & Mathan Vanpayaru
  6. F – Fruit Pachadi
  7. G – God’s Own Country – Kerala
  8. H – How to Serve a Sadya
  9. I – Inji Puli
  10. J – Jackfruit Payasam – Chakka Payasam
  11. K – Kalan & Koottu Curry
  12. L – Lemon Rasam
  13. M – Mambazha Pulisseri & Mathan Pachadi
  14. N – Neer Moru/ButterMilk
  15. O – Olan
  16. P – Payasam & Pookkalam
  17. Q – Quaker Oats Payasam
  18. R – Rice and Rasam
  19. S – Sambar
  20. T – Thenga paal
  21. U – Upperi
  22. V – Vegetable Cutting
  23. W- Wheat Payasam
  24. X – Xtra Tips for Preparing a Sadya
  25. Y – Yam Fry

Logo courtesy : Preeti

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32 

Linking this to Valli’s Side Dish Mela.