Happy Tamil New Years Day to all! May this new year bring peace and happiness to all!
In my house, a typical New Year spread would contain 2 kinds of karamudhu(dry veg dish, usually garnished with coconut),paruppu, manga pachadi, morkuzhambu, vadai/thayir vadai, payasam, appalam, vattal. I tried to do as many of these as possibly today also, but just missed out on the thayir vadai! May be next time! Today I will try and elaborate on just 3 of these – typical festival dishes – Mangai Vepampoo pachadi (Mango-Neemflower Pachadi)and Arisi Thengai Payasam(Rice-Coconut payasam)! Both of these are very simple and yummy dishes!
Since we do not use onion garlic during festivities, I made this with Dill leaves. This version is pretty popular in Karnataka actually! And I happened to have it at a birthday party recently. I am used to making pruppu vadas, but, my version is crispy only if eaten hot. After a while, it would become soft. But, my friend’s way of making it, keeps it crunchy for a long time! The trick is to use the food processor to grind the dal, so the dal doesn’t become completely smooth, but, remains grainy!
1 cup channa dal soaked for about 2 hours
1/2 bunch dill leaves(about a cup whenpicked and chopped)
15-20 green chillies
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
1. First chop the chillies in the food processor.
2. Then add the drained channa dal and dill leaves.
3. Process them until the dal is grainy.
4. Add salt to taste.
5. Pat them into small circles on your palm and deep fry until golden brown.
6. Remove to paper towels and serve.
For the Manga-Vepampoo pachadi, you will need:
1. 1 Med raw mango
2. 5-6 green chillies
3. 1/2 tsp jaggery crushed
4. Vepampoo 1 tsp
6. Salt to taste
7. Mustard to temper
8. Curry and coriander leaves to garnish
Chop the mango into big cubes.
Boil it with csliced green chillies and salt.
When its cooked(not too soft), add the jaggery.
Temper with mustard seeds and fried vepampoo(fry the neemflowers a spoon of oil till the start turning brown and the oil starts smoking)
Garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves. Enjoy!
1 tbsp raw rice soked in water for about 1/2 hour.
2 tbsp coconut
dry fruits of choice 2tbsp
Jaggery to taste(approx. 1/2 cup)
Milk – 1 cup (approx.)
1. Grind the soaked rice and coconut to a nice smooth paste.
2. Boil the jaggery with a tablespoon of water until you get a nice aroma.
3. Add the ground mix and keep stirring(a whisk works best) until it starts boiling.
4. Add elaichi, dry fruits and regular milk to make the payasam consistency to your liking, remove from heat.