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April 17, 2024

Vishu Recipes | Simple Vishu Sadya Recipes | Vishu Sadhya lunch menu

Vishu sadya recipes

In this post, I have shared a collection of Vishu recipes / Vishu Sadya recipes. Vishu (Malayalam: വിഷു) is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in Kerala. Its also called as Malayali New Year in Kerala, India. Vishu falls on the first day of the month of Medam in the Malayalam Calendar (April 14 or 15 in the Gregorian calendar). Its the traditional new year of Kerala.

 Vishu festival is marked by family time, preparing colourful auspicious items and viewing these as the first thing on the Vishu day which is called as Vishukkani. The Malayalam word "kani" literally means "that which is seen first", so "Vishukkani" means "that which is seen first on Vishu". The traditional belief is that the new year will be better if one views auspicious and joyful things as the first thing on Vishu. Therefore, Malayali's spend the day before preparing a tray full of auspicious items like golden blossoms of the Indian laburnum / Konna flowers (Kani Konna), money, silver items, cloth (pattu), mirror, rice, coconut, betel leaves, arecanut, cucumber, fruits and other harvested products. All these are arranged in a tray and kept in front of idol of Vishu / Guruvayurappan/ Krishna. This setting is the first thing they see when they wake up on the Vishu day. 

Mirror in Vishukani is a symbol of seeing yourself as a part of abundance you see in the form of kani. The tradition is that elders light the lamps after waking up, then wakes up juniors in the family. As soon as you wake up, you walk to the kani eyes closed, and sees Kani as the first scene of the year. Please watch THIS VIDEO for more details. 

Days before Vishu, people start bursting fireworks at their houses and it concludes with lot of fireworks on day of Vishu. People wear new clothes Puthukodi or Vishukodi and they eat a feast called Vishu Sadhya.There is also a popular tradition of elders giving money to younger ones or dependents of the family. This is called Vishukkaineetam.

 Vishu sadya recipes

Sadhya (feast) is a major part of all Kerala festivals, special dishes called Vishu Kanji, Thoran and Vishu katta are also made on this day in some parts of the state. Vishu Kanji is made of rice, coconut milk and spices. Vishu katta is a delicacy prepared from freshly harvested rice powder and coconut milk served with jaggery. Thoran is a side dish that is prepared with different vegetables. Other important Vishu delicacies include Veppam poo rasam (a bitter preparation of neem) and Mambazha pulissery (a sour or ripe mango soup).

SOURCE : WIKIPEDIA and my Malayali friend Sowmya.

I will try to share Vishu Kanji and Vishu katta recipes in future. Today I have shared a simple Vishu sadya recipes menu which I prepared last year. I wanted to share it along with other Vishu sadya items list. I hope you will find the recipes, method of preparation and list of items useful to make sadya on your own. Ok, lets see the easy Vishu sadya recipes menu with 16 items spread in a banana leaf (plate).

Check out my Onam Sadya Recipes for more sadya recipes ideas. 

 Vishu sadya

Vishu sadya | How to make Vishu sadya

Vishu sadya | How to make Vishu sadya

Vishu sadya | Vishu sadya recipes list | How to make Vishu sadya

Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Lunch
Serves: 3
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 60 Minutes
Total time: 90 Minutes

On the banana leaf

Other Vishu sadhya items

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    1. Shop and collect all the required items for sadhya the previous day and keep it ready.
    2. Wash and chop all the required vegetables. Wash and soak the matta rice, Ada for pradhaman. Soak tamarind for sambar and puli inji separately.
    3. Grate or slice the coconut into pieces and grind it to take coconut milk for payasam. Set aside.
    4. Take the required coconut. Add green chilli, cumin seeds and grind it for avial, thoran and parippu curry.
    5. Take 2 to 3 cookers. Place toor dal adding water, turmeric powder, a drop of oil for making sambar. Keep a small container inside the cooker and place the chopped vegetables for sambar.
    6. Place a plate over the bowl and arrange the chopped vegetables for avial. Add salt and little water. Cover the cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles in low flame.
    7. In another cooker, take the chopped veggies for mixed veg thoran. Keep a small container and place the grated cabbage for thoran. Place a small plate and keep the grated beetroot for pachadi. Cook everything in low flame for one whistle.
    8. In the 3rd cooker, take the matta rice and pressure cook till done.
    9. Once the veggies are cooked well, take them out and add the coconut paste for avial, thorans, beetroot pachadi and boil them.
    10. Make sambar and puli inji. Lastly make payasams.
    11. Serve all the items in banana leaf following this order. Enjoy !

    Vishu sadya preparation

    How to make vishu sadya

    Try this yummy Vishu Sadhya at home and enjoy with your family and friends !

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    January 19, 2024

    Karupatti Paniyaram | Palm Jaggery Sweet Paniyaram

    Palm jaggery sweet paniyaram

    I made this easy, healthy and a traditional sweet paniyaram recipe - Karupatti paniyaram / Palm jaggery sweet paniyaram on New year day. Usually I make sweet paniyaram and Kara paniyaram recipe in two ways. One with leftover idli dosa batter and the other one is my MIL’s recipe that is prepared with a special batter ground using rice and dals.

    To make this sweet paniyaram recipe, I prepared a separate batter with idli rice, raw rice and urad dal. You can also use our regular idli dosa batter instead. Lets see how to make sweet paniyaram with palm jaggery / Karupatti paniyaram recipe with step by step pictures and video.

    sweet paniyaram

    Sweet Paniyaram recipe | Karupatti paniyaram recipe

    Sweet Paniyaram recipe | Karupatti paniyaram recipe

    Sweet Paniyaram recipe | Karupatti paniyaram recipe

    Cuisine: South Indian
    Category: Sweets
    Serves: 15
    Prep time: 10 Minutes
    Cook time: 20 Minutes
    Total time: 30 Minutes

    For paniyaram batter
    • Idli rice - 1.5 cups
    • Raw rice - 1/2 cup
    • Urad dal - 1/3 cup
    • Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
    • Salt and water - as needed
    For Sweet Paniyaram
    • Paniyaram batter - 2 cups
    • Powdered Palm jaggery / Karupatti - 1/2 cup
    • Cardamom - 2
    • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
    • Ghee - to make paniyaram
    1. Wash and soak rice, urad dal, methi seeds for 2 hours.
    2. Grind smooth adding required water and salt. Ferment the batter overnight.
    3. The next morning, take 2 cups of batter in a vessel.
    4. Add the melted, filtered palm jaggery water, grated coconut, cardamom powder. Mix well.
    5. Heat a paniyaram pan adding tsp of ghee in each hole. Pour the batter.
    6. Cover and cook in low flame. Flip and cook the other side too.
    7. Remove and serve hot. Enjoy !
    • Wash and soak the idli rice, raw rice, urad dal and methi seeds together in a bowl for 2 hours.
    • sweet paniyaram recipe
    • Grind to a smooth paste adding required water and salt. Batter should be thick not watery. Collect in a vessel. Close the bowl with a lid and ferment it overnight.

    • The next morning batter would have raised well. Mix well and take 2 cups of batter in a separate vessel.
    • sweet paniyaram recipe
    • Take powdered palm jaggery / Karupatti in a bowl. Add little water and melt it to make a syrup.

    • Filter the impurities and add to the batter. Add grated coconut, cardamom powder and mix well. Make sure batter is not watery.
    • sweet paniyaram
    • Heat a paniyaram pan. Pour a tsp of ghee in each hole. Pour the batter and cover cook till done. Open the lid and flip the other side. Cook well and remove in a plate. Serve hot. Enjoy !
    • sweet paniyaram

    Note : You can use the remaining paniyaram batter to make spicy paniyaram by adding finely chopped onion, green chilli, ginger, curry leaves, coriander leave and temper with mustard seeds, uard dal and hing to the batter. Please check the final picture with both and sweet and spicy paniyaram.


    • Adjust the sweetness as per your taste.
    • Do not skip coconut and cardamom powder.
    • Use ghee for making this paniyaram. It makes the paniyaram rich and flavourful.

    Try this easy and healthy Sweet Karupatti paniyaram. You will love it.

    Karupatti paniyaram

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    November 6, 2023

    Mixture Recipe | South Indian Mixture Recipe | Madras Mixture

    Mixture recipe

    This year I am starting my Diwali recipes with this must try Diwali snack – Mixture recipe. Its basically a South Indian style Mixture recipe which is popularly known as Madras mixture. This Tamilnadu mixture is a combination of Omapodi, Karaboondi, Fried aval, cashew nuts, peanuts , curry leaves mixed with spice powders like salt, red chilli powder and hing.

    In this mixture, I have also added small maida biscuits which is fondly called as mixture biscuit. When I was a kid, I used to pick these mixture biscuits alone from the pack of mixture and savor it. Iam not a big fan of South Indian mixture but my husband, daughter and father in law loves it. 

    So I try to make a batch of mixture just for them during Diwali. Last year I made this mixture recipe and took a video as well. But I couldn’t share it in my blog. So this year, I thought of starting Diwali recipes with this yummy snack. Soon I will try to post a North Indian namkeen recipe.

    Check out my 35+ Diwali Snacks Recipes collection.

    Mixture recipe

    Mixture Recipe | South Indian mixture recipe

    Mixture Recipe | South Indian mixture recipe

    Mixture Recipe | South Indian mixture recipe also known as Madras mixture for Diwali.

    Cuisine: South Indian
    Category: Snacks
    Serves: 3 cups
    Prep time: 10 Minutes
    Cook time: 20 Minutes
    Total time: 30 Minutes


    • Oma podi - 2 cups
    • Kara boondi – 1 cup
    • Mixture biscuit – 1/2 cup
    • Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp
    • Roasted peanuts - 1/4 cup
    • Roasted gram dal / Daliya / Pottukadalai – 1/4 cup
    • Poha / Aval - 1/2 cup
    • Curry leaves - few
    • Cooking oil - to deep fry
    • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
    • Salt - as needed
    • Hing - 1/4 tsp
    • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
    1. Make Omapodi and collect in a bowl. Make kara boondi and collect in the same bowl
    2. Make maida biscuit and add to the bowl. You can aslo make butter murukku and add to it. But it is optional.
    3. Deep fry thick poha, cashew nuts, peanuts, daliya, curry leaves and add to the bowl.
    4. Lastly add chilli powder, salt, hing and sugar. Toss well and cool down completely.
    5. Store in an air tight box and use up to one month. 
    • Make Omapodi, kara boondi and mixture biscuit. Break oma podi into small pieces. Collect in a bowl.
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    • Deep fry thick aval till crispy and drain in a tissue paper. Deep fry peanuts, roasted gram dal till golden in color. Remove in the tissue paper.
    • South Indian mixture recipe
    • Next deep fry cashew nuts and collect in the tissue paper. Lastly deep fry few curry leaves and set aside.
    • South indian mixture recipe
    • Transfer everything to the wide bowl. Add little salt, red chilli powder, hing and sugar.
    • Mixture recipe
    • Cool down everything completely. Store in an air tight box. Enjoy up to one month. Use clean, dry hands while handling.


    • Oma podi and kara boondi is a must in South Indian mixture.
    • Mixture biscuit, Butter murukku is optional.
    • You can adjust the quantity of peanuts, cashews and roasted gram as per your wish.

    Try this yummy South Indian mixture recipe and enjoy for this Diwali !

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    January 4, 2023

    Thirvathirai Kootu in Pressure cooker | Thiruvathirai 7 Kari Kootu | 7 Kai Kootu Recipe

    Thiruvathirai kootu

    7 VEG KOOTU | EZHU KARI KOOTU is a must try recipe for Thiruvathirai and Pongal festivals in my home. This 7 kari kootu should be prepared with the local vegetables i.e Naatu kai kari in Tamil like Pumpkin, yam, broad beans, ash gourd, cluster beans, Field beans/ Mocha kottai, sweet potato, lady’s finger, raw banana etc.

    I make this Thiruvathirai kootu directly in a pressure cooker to ease my job. I use two cookers on thiruvathirai day. One is to make this kootu and the other one is to make thiruvathirai kali. When they both get ready, I make sweet adai simultaneously. So my entire thiruvathirai day cooking gets over under 30 minutes.

    Friends, do check out this easy Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu recipe in a pressure cooker and try it. I am sure even a beginner can make it quickly.

    Check out Thiruvathirai kali recipe with video in THIS LINK. 

    Also check out my Thiruvathirai thalagam recipe. 

    Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu

    Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu

    Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu with 7 varieties of mixed vegetables

    Cuisine: Tamil nadu
    Category: Side dish
    Serves: 2
    Prep time: 10 Minutes
    Cook time: 20 Minutes
    Total time: 30 Minutes


    • Vegetables (please refer notes) - 2 cups
    • Yellow moong dal - 2 tbsp
    • Tomato – 1 no
    • Salt – to taste
    To grind
    • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
    • Green chilli – 2 (medium size)
    • Jeera/Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
    • Rice flour Or corn flour - 1tsp
    To temper
    • Mustard – 1/4 tsp
    • Urad dal- 1/2 tsp
    • Curry leaves – a sprig
    • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp


    1. Wash and chop all the vegetables into cubes. Set aside.
    2. In a pressure cooker base, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves.
    3. Add the chopped vegetables and mix well. Add salt, required water, chopped tomato, moong dal and mix well.
    4. Grind coconut, cumin seeds and green chilli to a smooth paste adding little rice flour.
    5. Add the coconut paste to the vegetables and mix well. Check for the consistency. Add more water if needed.
    6. Cover the lid and pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles. 
    7. Open the cooker and boil the excess water if needed. Check the consistency and serve with Thiruvathirai kali and adai.


    • Cut all the vegetables and tomato in cubes.
    • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves. Add the chopped vegetables, tomato and saute for a minute. Add dal, required salt and water. (Vegetables shouldn’t be mashed or overcooked). Thiruvathirai kootu

    • Grind the coconut with green chillI and a tsp of rice flour to make a paste by adding water. Add jeera at the end and run once.
    • Add the ground mixture to the cooked veggies by keeping on the flame. Pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles. It will be perfectly cooked. Else keep in low flame for just one whistle.
    • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Boil well for few minutes till it thickens OR Adjust the consistency by adding water if required if the kootu is too thick.

      Thiruvathirai kootu


      Delicious, healthy veg. kootu is ready!! Enjoy with kali or plain rice !



    For the above recipe, I used 1/2 raw banana, 2 small colocasia, 1/4 piece of yam, 10 broad beans, 1/2 cup of cubed ash gourd and 1/2 sweet potato small sized, handful of mochai kottai.

    U can also use other country vegetables like cluster beans, bittergourd, ladies finger, pumpkin etc to replace the above said vegetables.

    Last but not the least here is our pooja room picture..

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    August 18, 2022

    Aval Kesari Recipe | Poha Sheera | Avalakki Kesaribath

    Aval Kesari

    Aval Kesari / Poha Sheera in Hindi / Avalakki Kesaribath in Kannada, Atukula Kesari in Telugu is an easy sweet recipe that is served as prasadam for festivals like Gokulashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Varalakshmi Viratham, Friday Lakshmi Pooja and Thursday Guru pooja.

    Aval Kesari is so easy to prepare under 15 minutes. Its a beginners sweet recipe. All you need is Poha/ Rice flakes, Sugar, Ghee and cardamom powder. Unlike our regular rava kesari, this poha kesari thickens quickly and chances of hardening is very less. So its easy to identify the end consistency. I have shared 2 videos in different languages and step by step pictures. I have added a video of Aval Kesari seimurai in Tami. Please watch it for better understanding. 

     Soon I will try to make an Aval kesari with jaggery. Friends, do try this easy Aval Kesari for this Gokulashtami / Krishna Jayanthi and enjoy.

    Aval kesari in Tamil video ꜛ

    aval kesari recipe

    Aval Kesari / Poha sheera / Avalakki Kesaribath / Atukula Kesari

    Aval Kesari / Poha sheera / Avalakki Kesaribath / Atukula Kesari

    Aval Kesari / Poha sheera / Avalakki Kesaribath / Atukula Kesari for festival Prasadam/ Neivedaym.

    Cuisine: South Indian
    Category: Dessert
    Serves: 3
    Prep time: 10 Minutes
    Cook time: 20 Minutes
    Total time: 30 Minutes

    1 cup = 250ml
    • Poha / Thick Aval / Rice flakes - 1/2 cup
    • Sugar - 1/2 cup
    • Water - 1 to 1.5 cups
    • Ghee - 3 tbsp
    • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
    • Cashew nuts – 5
    • Cloves – 1
    • Orange food color / Kesari color – a pinch
    1. Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a kadai. Add the Aval and roast till crispy.
    2. Take the roasted Aval and break it to check if crispy. Transfer to a mixer.
    3. Grind coarsely and set aside. Boil water in the same kadai adding a pinch of food color.
    4. When the water roll boils, lower the flame completely. Add the roasted poha powder.
    5. Mix without lumps till thick. Cover cook in low flame for 5 minutes.
    6. Then add sugar, cardamom powder and ghee. Mix without lumps in low flame.
    7. Mix till kesari leaves the sides of pan completely. Switch off the flame.
    8. Roast Cashews in 1 tbsp ghee and add to Kesari. Mix well and transfer to a plate. Serve warm and enjoy !
    • Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a kadai. Add the aval and roast till crispy. Let it cool. Grind to a coarse powder. Set aside.
    • Aval kesari
    • Add 1.5 cups of water in a kadai. Add a pinch of Kesari color. Let it roll boil. Lower the flame and add the roasted poha powder. Mix well without lumps.
    • Aval kesari
    • Mix in low flame till the mixture becomes thick. Cover cook in low flame for few minutes.Aval kesari
    • Add sugar, cardamom powder, clove and a tbsp of ghee. Mix in low flame till the sugar melts completely.
    • Aval kesari
    • Keep mixing till kesari becomes thick and leaves the sides of pan. Lastly roast cashews in a tbsp of ghee and add to the Kesari. Serve hot and enjoy.


    • Adjust the quantity of sugar based on your taste.
    • Adding cloves is optional.
    • You can also use lesser ghee than mentioned but taste won’t be rich.

    Try this easy, yummy Aval kesari for Gokulashtami and enjoy !

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    March 19, 2022

    15 Ladoo Varieties - Types of Laddu Recipes

    Ladoo recipes

    Here is the collection of 15+ different types of ladoo varieties / Laddu recipes in my blog. In this list, you can find the list of 15 ladoo recipes under one page. Most of them are popular, easy to make, must try Top South Indian and North Indian ladoo recipes for Diwali and other festivals.
    In this collection, you can find the Indian ladoo recipes starting from easy peanut ladoo, mawa ladoo, paneer laddu, besan ladoo in 2 methods, rava ladoo, South Indian special boondhi ladoo, coconut ladoo, dates and nuts ladoo, poha ladoo, roasted chana dal ladoo, Karnataka special thambittu, murmura ladoo i.e Pori urundai and atta ladoo.
    Among these ladoo varieties, my favorite is boondhi ladoo, easy maaladu and atta ladoo. You too choose your favorite, try and share your feedback. I am yet to try North Indian special Motichoor ladoo recipe and some other healthy ladoo recipes like sesame seeds ladoo, sago laddu recipes. I will update this list whenever I share them. Now Lets see the collection of 18 ladoo varieties below. Please click on the images to see the particular laddu recipe.


    I have shared two methods of making this yummy Besan ladoo recipe. One is an easy, instant version and the other one is the traditional besan laddu recipe. Check it out.

    Besan ladoo recipe


    Easy, healthy , yummy Paneer Ladoo recipe that can be prepared under 15 minutes.

    Paneer ladoo recipe


    Check out this instant coconut ladoo recipe / Nariyal ka laddu recipe without condensed milk. Thengai ladoo recipe in Tamil which can be prepared easily without condensed milk.

    Coconut laddu recipe


    Check out the traditional method of making South Indian boondhi ladoo recipe.

    Boondhi laddu


    Super easy and quick rava ladoo recipe that melts in mouth. Check out the recipe below.

    Sooji laddu


    Dates and nuts ladoo recipe is a healthy ladoo recipe than can be prepared without sugar. It is for people who look for sweet recipes without sugar. Do try it and enjoy !

    Dates and nuts laddu


    Esy and yummy wheat flour ladoo recipe / atta laddu recipe with sugar and melted ghee. Its an instant laddu recipe which is ideal to prepare for festivals.

    Wheat flour laddu


    Peanut ladoo recipe / Peanut laddu recipe/ Verkadalai laddu with skin. You can use either powdered jaggery or sugar to make this instantly. Its ideal for kids and adults snacks box which is tummy filling and healthy.


    Peanut laddu


    Poha ladoo / Aval laddu is usually prepared during Krishna janmashtami / Krishna jayanthi festival. It is one of the easiest neivedyam recipes for festival.

    Poha ladoo


    Pottukadalai laddu is a super easy and quick ladoo recipe. Its a no cook recipe. Even kids can make it easily. We call it as maladu in Tamil.

    Roasteg gram dal ladoo


    Healthy and tasty laddo with roasted urad dal. Good for kids and teens.

    Urad dal ladoo


    Moong dal ladoo also known as Nei vilangai in Tirunelveli is a must try sweet for Diwali in my house. You too give a try.

    Moong dal laddu


    Mawa ladoo / Khoya laddu made in microwave. Easy, delicious and quick laddu recipe with just 3 ingredients.

    Khoya laddu


    Healthy, Protein rich green gram ladoo to include in our daily diet. Check it out.

    Green gram laddu


    Peanut ladoo with skin adding jaggery. Hassle free recipe with just 2 ingredients for your kids snacks box.

    Peanut laddu


    Karnataka style Thambittu recipe prepared using rice, jaggery and roasted nuts. Healthy and tasty ladoo recipe that is usually prepared during Shivratri and Naga panchami festival.

    tambittu recipe


    South Indian special pori urundai / murmura ladoo which is offered as prasadam for Karthigai deepam festival in Tamil nadu. Its a low calorie, guilt free snack too.

    Pori urundai recipe
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