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May 27, 2013


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Tamilnadu lunch menu

In my attempt in posting other state recipes, I have successfully tried & posted Andhra , kerala and punjabi , Kongu lunch recipes. It will be unfair if I don’t post my own state lunch recipes.. So here is a platter of Tamilnadu lunch recipes I made for my parents and bro. Everything came out really well & tasty. Like you all , we tamilians prepare varieties of recipes either for occasions or for guests. Serving in banana leaf is a must for us which is considered as a way of showing our respect and gratitude to our guests. But here I dint present them in banana leaf as I couldn’t get it . 

Very soon i’ll post another set of Tamilnadu lunch recipes served in banana leaf with authentic serving order.In the above plate u can see ( Left to right) Rice , Dal , Avial , Morkuzhambu , Mullangi Sambar , Rasam , Vendakkai mangai kathrikai pachadi , Instant mango pickle along with papad , Urad dal vada , Rice vadam, Spiced buttermilk ( Neer mor) & water. I have posted all the above recipes except dal and Pachadi. So I have shared them in this post. Sorry I couldn’t post step by step pictures as I was hurry in making recipes on time.

Do check out my Tamilnadu lunch recipes post which I made some years ago if  you are interested !

lunch - plates


1 cup - 200ml
  • Toor dal OR moong dal – 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water & salt – As needed
  • Cooking oil – Few drops
To temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
Ghee – to add while serving

  • Pressure cook dal adding turmeric powder & required water and a drop of oil in low flame for 1-2 whistles.
  • Now open the cooker & mash the dal nicely with a ladle.Temper all the ingredients given under”to temper” and add to the dal. Mix well , add salt and serve with hot rice adding a tsp of ghee.. It tastes great with a papad , pachadi and potato poriyal.

This is my mom’s recipe.This pachadi will surely make its appearance in our home during mango season.It’s a sweet pachadi variety . So we add less salt..Our guests love this pachadi a lot..It tastes great with paruppu sadam /Dal rice. 
1 cup - 200ml
  • Cooked toor dal – 1/4 cup
  • Ladies finger / okra - 10 nos
  • Brinjal – 5 nos (small)
  • Raw mango – 1 no (Small, cut into cubes)
  • Grated Jaggery - 1/8 – 1/4 cup
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water  - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chilli -  2-3 nos
  • Small onion - 4 nos
  • Jeera / cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
To temper
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Pressure cook toor dal, mash & set aside.
  • Cut okra into tiny pieces , peel the mango skin and cut into small slices . Cut brinjal into very small pieces and keep immersed in water to avoid discoloration.
  • Grind all the ingredients given under”to grind” and make a smooth paste.
  • In a kadai , heat oil and saute the okra pieces for few minutes.
  • Pressure cook mango , brinjal and okra pieces together adding required water & salt.
  • After the steam is released add the cooked & mashed toor dal , ground coconut paste and hing. Mix well and allow it to boil for few minutes. Finally add the grated jaggery. Give a boil and check for salt & sweetness. Add more jaggery if u want more sweet.
  • Finally temper all the ingredients given under “to temper” and add to the pachadi. Tastes best with dal rice and rasam rice.

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Hari Chandana P said...

Woww.. wonderful and inviting platter.. Awesome!!

Vimitha Durai said...

Lovely collection of authentic recipes

Rafeeda AR said...

such a nice post... wish to have that platter...

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

gr8 attempt ! chitra ! kudos !

Laxmipriya said...

great post.. nice clicks.. :)

Sona said...

looks so inviting and delicious.

Merry Tummy said...

So colourful and refreshing..Nice pics :)

Torviewtoronto said...

flavourful combination looks fabulous

meena said...

lovely platter.its long time since i had this.lovely clicks.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Very Delicious Spread, nicely clicked

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a droolworthy spread, beautiful dishes and makes me hungry.

Unknown said...

looks so inviting..delicious dishes..nice clicks..

Divya Shivaraman said...

perfect south indian thali

Unknown said...

Lovely spread! :)

Sudha Sabarish said...

Delicious spread.Just pass on to me will finish in no time.

Unknown said...

wish to have this for lunch now...delicious

Shobha Kamath said...

The lunch thali is very inviting !

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am speechless!! Very inviting

Unknown said...

its luking very delicious :))
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