Monday, September 04, 2006

Thiruvonam-Day Ten Of Onam Festival

everyone, Onam Wishes".

Thiruvonam-Day Ten
On this day the enchanting state of Kerala reverberates with the chants of Onaashmsakal. According to the people, the spirit of legendry King Mahabali visits the state of Kerala.The main day of Onam where new clothes are given as presents followed by a grand feast. On the ninth day, tenants of the family, dependants and hangers-on present the fruits of their labor, such as vegetables and coconut oil to 'Karanavar', the eldest member of the Tarawad in a ritual called 'Onakazhcha'. In return, they are treated with a sumptuous feast on the main day of Onam. It is also customary for the village artisans to present the Karanavar of each Nayar Tarawad, a specimen of his handiwork in return of the presents of cloth or rice.

2 cups of cubed and boiled vegetables (beans,carrots,potatoes,drumsticks,raw bananas,cauliflower)
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tablespoons of coconut
4-5 green chillies
3/4 packet buttermilk
A pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
3 tsp cooking oil for seasoning
1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, chopped finely

  • Blend the boiled vegetables to a smooth paste:
  • Add the salt, turmeric and the coconut paste to the buttermilk.
  • Add the boiled vegetables.
  • Heat on a low flame till the buttermilk mixture reaches a thick texture.
  • Keep stirring continously.
  • Now add the chopped coriander leaves.
  • Season with mustard, curry leaves, hing , cumin and red chillies in hot oil.
  • Heat hot with plain rice.

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