Onam festival is the most anticipated day for me to express my passion for Kerala food.Basically Sendhil loves coconut based recipes a lot & i am a big fan of Kerala style dishes.Not just the food, i love kerala sarees and their traditional ornaments too.So every year during Onam, i never fail to make sadhya feast at home to treat Sendhil and myself with varieties of Kerala delicacies.For the past two years, i have been posting the same here.And this year too, i was eagerly waiting to post this sadya menu. Every year i love to attempt some new sadya special items for the menu and i prepared Ada pradhaman & Palada Pradhaman recipes using homemade Ada. Pineapple payasam and Pineapple pachadi as suggested by my neighbour Mrs.Prema.Mathanga erissery and kaya mezhukkupuratti out of my own wish.I referred many of our Kerala bloggers websites and i have given the links as well.Thanks to one & all for sharing these wonderful recipes with us.For other sadya recipes like Kerala sambar, Rasam,Thoran,Puli inji,Parippu curry and avial,i referred my previous sadya recipes.All the recipes came out very well and we enjoyed this Onam feast well in advance .Here you go, my Onam sadya recipes 2014 for you all.Hope i have followed the correct serving order .I Wish all my readers and friends a very happy Onam.”ONAM ASHAMSAKAL” !!
HOW I MADE THIS SADYA
I couldn’t take stepwise pictures for this sadya but i have shared some pictures of how i made this sadya quickly.Last year when i made sadya,i noticed that most of my time was spent in pre preparatory works like grating coconut,extracting coconut milk,grinding masalas,chopping vegetables and for cooking dals & vegetables.This year i wanted to make all these works simple and easy.So instead of grating 2 coconuts,i made small slices of it using a ladle edge with thick & blunt handle as u see in the picture.I did not use knife as i am afraid of using it.Use knife only if you are confident of handling it and make sure your mixie blades are in good condition else it may break.Then I dry ground all the coconut slices together and divided them into 2 parts.I used one part for taking coconut milk and the other part for masala.It saved lot of time for me.
Also i pressure cooked dals for parippu curry and sambar together in my big pressure cooker by placing moong dal in the bottom of cooker and toor dal for sambar in a tiffin box.Please refer the picture.U can even keep a plate of mixed vegetables required for sambar over the toor dal.
For cooking Vanpayar and vegetables for olan,kalan and erissery, i again used my big cooker and cooked them together by keeping one above the other in small bowls and plates.As all these veggies gets cooked in one go,u just have to add them in coconut mixture and boil it.For thoran, i cooked it in my small cooker by keeping in high flame for two whistles.
For pradhaman,i prepared homemade ada.So i made it in the previous night and stored in refrigerator.Also i cleaned & chopped pineapple pieces and kept in a zip lock cover and refrigerated it.When u have ada & pineapple cubes ready in hand,u can make these payasam recipes very quickly.
All these pre preparatory jobs got over in 30 minutes & cooking took nearly one hour.This entire sadya took 1.5 hours totally.Do follow these techniques and make your sadya feast quickly & easily.Do share your methods of quick cooking in the comment section so that others get benefitted .
Disclaimer: I know these are not the authentic method of cooking Kerala food but to make my job easier, i followed these steps and i hope it would help beginners.Friends,please excuse me .
WISH U ALL A VERY HAPPY ONAM CELEBRATION !!
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