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.
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
Erissery (Erishery) is another traditional Kerala Recipe made using ground coconut paste and finally seasoning with roasted coconut. I have always loved Erissery which my Mom used to prepare once in a while. Mathanga Payaru (Pumpkin and Bean) Erissery used to be the most common one prepared by my mom. Errisery can be made using
Payasam is a sweet South Indian dish prepared in milk or coconut milk. The main ingredient used can be any of the following – Rice, Wheat, Lentils (Dal), Vermicelli, Ada (flat pieces made using rice) etc. Payasam is flavored with nuts and raisins.
Semiya Paysam is the easiest to make and my
There are so many different types of Lentils (Parippu) available in the market. Lentils are part of almost every regional Indian Cuisine – be it Simple Dal Curry or Sambar or Chutney. A Sadhya (traditional Kerala Banquet) is usually incomplete without Parippu Curry.
You can use any variety of lentil for making
Theeyal is a traditional Kerala Dish which is made using Vegetables and Fried Coconut. It can be made using a single vegetable like Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Shallots etc. or a combination of vegetables like Potato, Carrot and Beans. The fried coconut and spices impart a nice aroma to the dish.