Onam wishes and dishes

Onam is here, it’s tomorrow! And a lot of us have been waiting for it..

One of the things I enjoy about not working is the fact that I get to celebrate festivals better.Β  The first time I made a Onasadya was last year – before that, the day would come and go. The last time I actually celebrated Onam was when I was at home with parents, a long long time ago.. Those days, I was not particularly fond of the sadya. I was more fond of north indian cuisine. When I got married to a non mallu, funnily, he turned out more fond of the sadya that I was. But over the years – probably, thanks to the fact that I hardly get to eat it, I have been craving mallu food.

Last year, I did make the sadya and had a friend over for lunch and we had planned to enjoy Onam – but daughter had other plans. She managed to fall and hurt herself and I managed to spend the afternoon in the accident and emergency in the Hospital and my poor friend did not even get to have lunch 😦 This year, hopefully, it will be different, good different hopefully. I also plan to make the pookalam, the flower carpet, welcoming Mavelli home, which I hope daughter enjoys too.

Today, some of us planned to have a virtual Ona sadya – to make some of you drool πŸ™‚ So here are my contributions… Avial and Pal Payasam. Please hop over to Deeps’ for more info and more yummy recipes!


Avial is a sort of mixed vegetables. And it has been a favourite of mine since years.


Mixed vegetablesΒ  – 2 cups.

Vegetables like carrots, yam, raw mango, green beans, drumsticks, snake gourd sliced into 1 1/2 inch pieces – something like french fries.

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Green chillies – 2 (I use 2 as the chillies I get here are super spicy – please use according to taste)

Cumin seedsΒ  – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Oil – 1 tbsp

Curd – 2 tbsp


Heat the oil in a thick bottomed dish.

Add turmeric and cook the washed and chopped vegetablesΒ  on a low flame until they are cooked.

While the vegetables are getting cooked, grind coconut, cumin seeds, green chillies and curd into a smooth paste.

Once the vegetables are done, add salt and the coconut paste and coconut paste and the curry leaves. Cook until any excess water is evaporated.

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And now for the dessert.

Pal Payasam

Milk 1 litre. (Full Cream Milk)
Sugar 100 gms
Water 1 cup (120ml)
Rice 4 tablespoon (I use Basmati rice)

1. Elaichi 3 powdered – I am not too fond of the taste of elaichi – so I normally avoid it.
2. Cashewnuts and raisins – as per taste


Use thick bottomed pressure cooker with vent.
1. Boil Milk – adding water .
2. Add the washed and cleaned rice in boiling milk.
3. Keep the pressure on and cook on low flame for 35 to 40 minutes. (no whistle required).
4. After the pressure has cooled down open the cooker.
Mix thoroughly, boil for 5 minutes in medium flame.
5. Now add the Sugar and cook for another 10 minutes.
6. Garnish with the dry fruits

Slurp up!

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Here’s wishing all of you a very happy Onam. Onaashamsakal!

96 thoughts on “Onam wishes and dishes

  1. That was yumy yum yum!!You already made the dishes??I’m planning to make them tomorrow.One of my friends(Namnam’s friend’s mother) who lives in the same building is planning to make Avial & Adapradaman and I’ll b making sambar & erisseri .So it will be a joined effort,although will have lunch at our respective homes with the family πŸ™‚ !leaving to buy all the stuff from the supermarket in a while!so excited!

    Wow! We had that plan, but my friend has an exam day after tom – which she forgot about πŸ™‚ So I told her that I will do the cooking and all I want is for them to come πŸ™‚ And we are having the sadya in the evening – tomorrow -instead of lunch time – I am the only vella one here 😦 I did all the shopping yesterday πŸ™‚ I made just these two so that I could take pics and post them πŸ™‚ Though I know, should n’t be feeding people one day old food 😦

    “One of the things I enjoy about not working is the fact that I get to celebrate festivals better.”I can so relate with you,Smits.And also the fact that we’re away from home makes us want to do all those traditional things that we grew up watching & doing,by which we stay rooted and our kids too are aware of them.

    I know! I never thought of this aspect of things earlier but ever since Kunju came into our lives – I think my perspective has changed..

    Onam aashamsakal to you too,Smits and lots of special payasam-ummas to Kunju πŸ™‚

    Onam aashamsakal to you too, Deeps and lots of wishes and ummas to Namnam πŸ™‚ Kunju has already inaugurated the payasam πŸ™‚

    • Same with me smitha,before never celebrated festivals like what we used to do in india,now at home and want kids to know the festivals which i enjoyed in india.The only festival we used to celebrate here were diwali and sankrantri(telugu new year)

      I know! It is funny, isn’t it? How our priorities, our perspective change after we become mothers!

  2. Wowwww!!!!!!!!! My fav Avial πŸ™‚

    Yours too πŸ™‚ Me too πŸ™‚

    Too bad of ye all 😦 here I am googling for Mallu associations n no luck as yet n u ppl make me drool more n more 😦 *sob* *sob*

    You come over – I’ll make you a sadya any time πŸ™‚

    Yum Smithu .. u r as good as cooking as in baking na πŸ™‚

    Looks are deceptive, Swaram – I am a horrible cook 😦

    Luv u πŸ™‚
    You too! Missed you! and all your posts!

    Wish U, Poohi, N and ur entire family a happy n prosperous Onam πŸ™‚
    Thank you Swaram!

    When u get bk to πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ n me too, u gotta invite me okie πŸ˜›
    Absolutely! I will celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at your place and you will celebrate Onam at mine – ok?

  3. I love sadya πŸ™‚ Absolutely drool at the mention…

    You do, IHM πŸ™‚ I have started loving it now πŸ™‚

    And a very Happy Onam to you too πŸ™‚

    Thank you IHM! Are you back from your break? Hope it was a good one.

  4. I love sadya.I wrote on deeps blog and write the same here,i wish u were some where in uae,i would have come to ur house for sadya.

    Aww! Saritha – once we go to India – whenever you are in India – must plan to come over – and I will cook whatever you like most πŸ™‚ Pinkuda and Varunavi’s choices will have priority though πŸ™‚

    Happy onam to u and to poohi kutty πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much Saritha πŸ™‚

    I love payasam πŸ™‚
    I love this payasam – it gets this pink colour and is very creamy πŸ™‚

    • Sure smitha will look forward to meet u in india and eat all the kerala delicacies.Kids priorities will only be non-veg (lamb stew,fish biryani etc…)

      Oh dear! I can’t cook non-veg 😦 Will learn by then – promise πŸ™‚ I love stew by the way πŸ™‚

  5. First of all wishing all of you a Happy Onam. so you guys are having a sadya and am sulking here. No way we are having any kind of food cooked at home :(. let me sob at that thought for a while and come back…sobs!!

  6. No Sadya bcoz am stuck in some weird workshop for the rest of the week and having a throbbing head on my shoulders due to the non stop fun we had with friends for the past 4 days. It was my son’s 5th bday this past sunday. He is all grown up now…sobs! say’s now he doesn’t want me to dress him up…sobs…

    Oh dear! I thought you were not working? Oh do wish the little man a very belated birthday πŸ™‚ All grown up πŸ™‚ This one here thinks she is all grown up and does not let me dress her 😦 Wonder what she will do when she turns 5 😦

  7. Happy Onam, Smitha :-)…and hey, the aviyal and payasam looks delicious…:-)

    Thank you πŸ™‚ Looks are deceptive πŸ™‚ Payasam has been given the seal of approval by daughter though πŸ™‚

  8. Hey Happy Onam and thanks for sharing these details of onam specials..
    looking forward to see flower carpet pic now..

    Will take a pic – if I end up doing it πŸ™‚
    enjoy and happy celebrations again.

    Thank you for the wishes! and am yet to hop over to your new place- will be there soon.

  9. happy onam “hail smithus”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy Onam to you too, OG!

    i just might try these recipes some day!!!!!!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› they are my fav!

    They are very simple too – I select the simplest of simplest recipes , you see πŸ™‚

  10. Onam aashamsakal to you and all the other people here, Smitha! Special wishes to Poohi because she has influenced her mother to follow the tradition of the family!

    LOL @’ she has influenced her mother to follow the tradition’ – Yes she changed lazy me πŸ™‚

    I love avial and payasam and eriseri and adapradhaman too! Now, will have a look at Deeps’!
    I love all that too!!! adapradhaman – I have never attempted making.. Want to try it sometime πŸ™‚

    God bless you all!
    Thank you so much!

  11. I love avial and pal payasam very much Smitha πŸ™‚ anyway I am going to a marriage tomo.. so its a feast πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    You do πŸ™‚ Wow! Am sure you will have a wonderful time at the wedding!

    and happy onam wishes to your family.. and hugs to Poohi πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Thank you!

  12. wow!! yummy!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    HAPPY ONAM to you and your lovely family my dear!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Thank you loads! Pix, I am yet to hop over to your new place – will do – was out of the blog world for the last few days..

    The dishes look absolutely delicious!! πŸ˜€
    Thank you – I hope they taste as good too πŸ™‚

    I will use your avial recipe and prepare it!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Do let me know how it comes out πŸ™‚

  13. Smitha, I am just drooling since morning. Everywhere I turn, there is a Onasadya or talk about it. Friends from Denver calling and asking us to join them which of course we can’t do because things are just too hectic here.

    πŸ™‚ Yes, there is ona sadya everywhere, this year πŸ™‚

    Love you aviyal and payasam recipes. Are you making entire spread? Me making it on weekend.
    Yes, planning to πŸ™‚ But we are having it for dinner instead 😦 Having friends over and am so excited about it πŸ™‚ We are planning to go for a Malayali association sadya on saturday πŸ™‚

    Here’s wishing you and Poohi mol a happy and prosperous Onam!
    Thank you Sols! Wish you and Peanut kutty a very happy and properous Onam too!


    • Aah! me miss..me miss. I really miss Denver and my Malayali friends now. We have none here..Arre Indians hi rare breed hain yahaan. πŸ˜†

      Okay! when you eat sadya tomorrow, eat everything double for me too. I will reduce weight here. Ha..ha..ha..

      Just spoke to mom and she is done with most of the stuff like achaar and inji curry and all. They have a family reunion Onam thing after couple of days. So two Onams at our home. 😦 😦 Then entire family going to Munnar. Tell me why the hell am I here? 😦

      • BTW in our parts of Kerala (TVM-Quilon), aviyal is dry. That is no curd/yogurt. But I love it mush-mush so I add yogurt when I make aviyal. The healthiest of all items. Droool!

          • We use Raw Mango for that puli taste. I use yogurt for making it mush-mush. I don’t like it too dry but you come to TVM, you will get dry aviyal with no yogurt at all. πŸ™‚

            Oh wow! Raw mango – I love the taste of raw mango. I got some raw mangoes here – in the India store, a couple of months back, so I chopped them and preserved them with salt.. Will see if I can make mango pachadi out of that tomorrow.. But these mangoes were not as sour – like the ones we get in India 😦

            I just gulped the water in my mouth. πŸ˜€ Drool fest going on!

            πŸ™‚ Did you see Deeps’ – Her sambhar and erisseri look so so so yum!

        • i guess only aviyal is dry for us(kollam/trivandrum), unlike palakadu/thrishur(northern part of kerala) side , we prefer curry/gravy to mezhukuparaty/or other dry foods ….

      • Oh – I can imagine that! Here, luckily we found some friends who are like us – half mallu half non mallu πŸ™‚ So we are celebrating together πŸ™‚

        Eat double – will do – definitely at the other sadya – mine – I can’t promise πŸ˜‰

        You know – my parents had a Onam gettogether at home yesterday – and tomorrow they are all having lunch at my dad’s elder brother’s place – Seriously – what are we doing here!!!! missing all that!

  14. “snake gourd sliced into 1 1/2 inch pieces – something like french fries. ” nice analogy.

    πŸ™‚ That seemed the easiest way to explain πŸ™‚ Everbody knows french fries πŸ˜‰

  15. I hate you guys !!! Im all sick and feverish here, and everyones busy making Onasadya !!! Every year for Onam, I used to be with my parents. and this year, Im on my sickbed ! Hmmpphhh !!! Grumble……..

    Oh dear!!! Is that post-engagement fever an aftereffect of the engagement? Hope you are better now. Don’t worry about the Ona sadya – you can enjoy your wedding sadya soon πŸ˜‰

  16. Smithu is getting on with her work at home when she hears a knock on the door… she opens it and sees….

    EOG in lungi….drooling

    LOL! EOG in his national dress πŸ˜‰

    Kumbakaran aka Crafty ….. drooling
    Bakasur aka Swaram…. drooling

    *Smitha jumps in joy! Some more bakras to feed! Yay! Now she hopes of food not getting dumped into the bin *
    PAL PAYASAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome awesome awesome
    now i so wanna have some!!!!

    Come over Crafty! There’s loads! and it got husband’s approval as well πŸ™‚

    poor poohi!!!! this Onam will surely be SOOOPER HIT!!!!!
    pookalam!!! nice!!!! kanagu has put up a pic of a fab pookalam along with wishes! πŸ˜€

    I am still to do blog hopping – will jump over to Kanagu’s πŸ™‚


    Onaashamsakal Smithu!!! to u and ur family!
    Ummaas to Poohi!!! love u loads!!!!

    Thanks loads Crafty!!! Onaashamsakal to you too!! Did you have a sadya yest? And hugs and ummas to you too!

  17. yum yum yum…..i don’t have food at home and all these lovely dishes on the blogs is making me sooo hungry and I loveeeeeeee southern food.

    happy oman smitha. god bless you and your family.

    me back to blogging and blog reading finally πŸ™‚

  18. Heelllo….naaan varatai…Onam sadya I need one…Your story seems to be similar..when we marry No mallu we realise how mallu traditions costs us….

    Where are you from kerala? I am from TVM
    Aryan’s Mom

  19. i’m drooling at palpayasam….looks so delicious…i had a genume onam celebration almost 4 years back ….since my college final year,couldn’t able to go home and celebrate due to different commitments
    in between thanks for the recipe,now let me pull my cousin sister to try some πŸ™‚

  20. I waited to comment today, so that i can wish you. Happy Onam, Happy Onam, Happy Onam.

    Now that, that is done. Can I add that it is very very mean of you to add those mouthwatering photos, and not share the dishes. No no no, I don’t want a virtual bite, I want the real stuff!!

  21. happy oman!!! my mouth waters at the mention of the onam sadhya.. thanks for sharing the recipes. i love avial! tried making it a few times, not too succesfully tho! πŸ˜›

  22. Happy Onam!

    Made some early morning cooking this year since I cant get away from work.. nd the proper Sadhya will have to wait until tonight…

    Avial is great dry or watery πŸ™‚ nd I am now not sure which one I like better.. nd if I search for recipes they all seem to be different.. this year’s Olan turned out differently than last year’s!

    but I liked the way Solilo asked.. “what are we doing here”? this seems to be the question most of us are asking these days… πŸ™‚ specially when one cant eat a proper Sadhya on Onam!

  23. Hey Happy Onam and thanks for the recipes. They look so yummy, wonder how they’ll turn out when I try them–do share pics of your flower carpet too-Hope you enjoy ur day!

  24. Smits,how was your day?started with your cooking?Our day went well.Have uploaded the image of the pookalam we made. do hop over to have a dekko πŸ˜€

    Will wait to see your pookalam snap πŸ™‚
    ummas to Kunjukutty πŸ™‚

    Now that you have seen the pics – I guess, answering your questions have become redundant 😦

    • this is called jealousy!!you dont want to keep bumping into this post and drool so you’re demanding a new post…wah shaaney!!

      Waise Smits,your new post is going to be on the dinner-sadya right??? :mrgreen:

  25. All of you have gone nuts, just preparing food and clicking pictures…

    Everyone of you :-/

    It’s been 40 years of the internet but there is yet no way to transfer the real stuff yet… so we can only make do with pictures.

  26. Happy Onam Smitha !

    Thank you so much, Renu!

    I also make payasam very frequently, we call it Kheer, sometimes I mix a little khoya or powdered milk or even some barfi(if its there at home) to make it more delicious.

    Wow! That sounds interesting – I will give that a try next time πŸ™‚

  27. Yummyyyyyy da! I love Mallu food and clothes and jewellery too!

    You do πŸ™‚ I love the clothes and jewellary too! And I feel so bad that I don’t have any mallu clothes to wear right now 😦

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