Pachadi from South India is a type of curry where the fruits/vegetables are cooked in a paste of ground coconut. Sour curd (yogurt) is added towards the end of cooking and the dish is flavored with seasoned oil and spices. Pineapple Pachadi, from Kerala has a unique combination of sweet and sour flavors.
Parippu pradhaman is a Kerala desert made with mung beans, jaggery , and coconut milk. Traditionally it is slow cooked over wood fire creating smoky caramel flavors.
Parippu in Malayalam literally translates to split beans or dal. Mildly flavored Mung dal curry, simply referred to as Parippu, is the first course in a traditional Kerala Sadya (feast). There are many other versions of Parippu – the ones to go with ghee rice , or rotis or with vegetables. But the Parippu for Sadya …
Broken Wheat Payasam is a traditional Kerala dessert made with coconut milk, jaggery , broken wheat and spices. It is a delicious sweet treat that is served on special occasions.
Happy Vishu !Happy Baishaki !Happy Bihu ! Puttāṇṭu vāḻttukkaḷ ! Happy Ugadi ! My last few posts have been about food related to Vishu celebrations. For the people of Kerala Vishu is the new year according to the traditional calendar – Kollavarsham. It is the year 1193 (2018 CE) according to this calendar. Just to …
Jackfruit Kheer or Chakka Pradhaman is a dessert made with ripe jackfruit, jaggery and coconut milk. It is typically garnished with a liberal heap of
cashew nuts, raisins and coconut slices. These quintessential South Indian flavors present a perfect ending to a feast.
Koottu Curry is an important part of the Kerala Sadya Menu. It Vegetables and black chickpeas and cooked and mixed together with coconut and spices. A spiced roasted coconut seasoning adds the final touch.
Kanji is a porridge made with rice and served with a one or more sides. Vishu Kanji is a special version made for Vishu – the Malayali New year. This is the sweet version of the dish in which cooked beans and rice are flavored with coconut milk and spices and sweetened with a little jaggery.
Semiya payasam or vermicelli kheer is one of the easiest Indian deserts to make. It is sweet , creamy and satisfying and often low on calories for a desert. Vermicelli noodles are cooked in milk and sweetened with sugar and flavored with cardamom .
Sambar is a spicy and tangy South Indian dish made with lentils and vegetables. This version of sambar is popular in Kerala and is usually made for special occasion meals like sadya. The mix of lentils and vegetables make it very nutritious and when paired with rice it becomes a complete meal.