Sunday, September 03, 2006

Moolam-Day Seven Of Onam Festival

Moolam-Day Seven
Moolam is the seventh day of the festival of Onam. With just two days left for the festival now, enthusiasm grips the state of Kerala. There is hustle-bustle everywhere as the excited people do their last bit of shopping. People get to feel that the time of meeting their Onathappan has just come.
Thumbi Thullal
Thumbi Thullal is a folk dance performed by a group of women who sit in the formation of a circle. The lead performer sits inside the circle and initiates the song. Some women also perform the clap dance dressed in their best clothes and ethnic jewelry



Yogurt 2 tbsp
Coconut paste 1/2 cup
Oil 1tbsp
Mustard seeds pinch
Onion 1 tbsp chopped
Whole red chilly 4 broken
Garlic 1/2 tsp
Ginger 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Fenugreek powder1/4 tsp(optional)
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Turmeric 1/8 tsp

Method of preparation
Mix coconut, curd and green chillies in a blender. To this paste, add 1 cup water, red chilly powder, turmeric and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.

Heat the oil separately. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds to the oil and then, add the chopped onion, the red chillies,the garlic, the ginger and the curry leaves. Add this to the paste.

You can also add vegetables like zuchini, yam or other green vegetables but make sure that the vegetables are cooked before adding the curd. This way you'll have to boil the curd only once.

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