En Iniya Tamil Puthaandu Nalvazhtukal! Wish you all and your family a Happy and Prosperous Tamil New Year.May this New Year filled with good fortune,prosperity,love, peace and happiness with a lots of laughter for the entire year ahead.
The tradition of meternal is not forgettable I used to prepared a special meal with about eleven to thirteen dishes with vada and payasam for my entire family of fourteen people to treat them with loving on the festive of Tamizh New Year every year. As same as usual I prepared a very special set thali for this year too with a successful first tried beetroot halwa.
These are the dishes I prepared today for lunch and I add a description of the dishes below here:-
Sambar~My mum style superlative Sambar with carrot ,potato,drumstick,tomato and our fav radish.
Pumpkin Curry~A tangy and spicy pumpkin curry.
Snake gourd channa dal stir fry~ One of my favourite mild stir fry with snake gourd and channa dal with little coconut milk.
Beetroot and shallot sit fry~A simple stir fry of beetroot,shallot and grated coconut.
Spicy Okra Poriyal~Okra is my favourite veg.A quick spicy poriyal of okra.
Savoy Cabbage coconut thoran~ A stir fried savoy cabbage with a generous amount of grated coconut.
Banana Chips~A crispy banana chips.
Roasted eggplant and carrot pachadi~ Oven Roasted eggplant in yoghurt with carrot,chilli,red onion and curry leave.
Vallarai leave(Centella asiatica,Indian penny wort) sambal~A Sri Lankan style salad made with vallarai leaves,onion,green chilli,lime juice and salt.Its hold a huge Medicinal benefit: it activates the brain cells, so concentration is improved. it has all the medicinal properties, containing all vitamins and minerals.Physical benefits: very good for eyes,Blood is purified,Body heat is reduced.
Payasam~A mix of vermicelli,channa dal and tapioca pearls cooked in coconut milk.For a different first time I used coconut milk in payasm instead of evaporate milk.
Betroot Halwa~Its a indeed special.Grated beetroot cooked in sugar syrup and finish with ghee ,fruits and nuts.
Urud dal Vada~ A traditional ulunthu vada
Accompanied by Mix veg pickle,Pappadam and Mor milagai (dried yoghurt chili)