If you to want to avoid coconut, then you can make Beans Mezhkkupuratti instead of Thoran. Sauteed beans can be prepared very quickly without any hassles.
Diced Beans – `1/2 lb (I use both fresh and frozen beans) Sliced Red Chillies – 4 Finely sliced Onions – 1 medium Curry Leaves
Kaalan is a very traditional Malayali dish made using Yogurt, Coconut and fruits or vegetables. It is always part of an Onam Sadhya. Back home, we never used to make Kaalan. Instead, Pulisshery was made using Yogurt and Coconut. After coming to US, my friend Lisha made Kaalan for Onam 2009 and it was great.
When I came to US from India, my mom had packed for me some dried prawns/shrimp despite my resistance. I started trying different recipes using dried prawns and everything tasted good. Dried Shrimp can be used for making tasty gravies, chammanthi (chutney) and so on. It can be fried along with onions and spices to
Here is my recipe for Okra and Potato Stir Fry (Vendakka Uralakizhangu Mezhkkupuratti). This combination of vendakka and potato was introduced to be by my mom and it tastes good.
Ladies Finger Potato Mezhkkupuratti
Okra/Ladies Finger (Vendakka) – 1/2 lb Potato (sliced into 1 inch long pieces ) – 1 medium Sliced Onion
For Onam 2009, I had made mixed vegetable theeyal. Theeyal is another Kerala gravy made using fried coconut and spices. The gravy has a nice aroma of roasted coconut and tastes heavenly.
Mixed Vegetable Theeyal
The most common varieties of Theeyal are:-
Pavakka (Bitter Gourd) Theeyal Padavalanga (Snake Gourd) Theeyal Chemmeen (Prawns) Theeyal Ulli
Aviyal is a very famous Kerala Dish made using vegetables and fresh coconut paste.
The vegetables mostly added to Aviyal are the following :-
Potato Raw Plantain (Vazhakka) Yam (Chenna) Carrot Drum Sticks (Muringakka) Beans Ivy Gourd (Kovakka) Raw Mango Brinjal (Vazhuthananga) Ash Gourd (Kumbalanga) Runner Beans (Achinga Payaru) Pumpkin (Mathanga)
As the name suggests, Injithairu is another simple Onam dish made using Yogurt and Ginger.
Yogurt/Curd – 2 cups Grated Ginger (Inji) – 2 tsp Finely Chopped Red Chillies – 2 Salt – to taste
Mash the ginger and red chilly roughly using a Mortar and Pestle. Mix all the