Home Cooking for Guest Cooking for guest series 1 | south indian vegetarian lunch meal

Cooking for guest series 1 | south indian vegetarian lunch meal

by Jeyashri suresh
Atithi Devo Bhavah – which in sanskrit means “The Guest is God”. I have grown up seeing my mom and patti treating guests coming to our house very nicely and my house is always filled with guests and my native place Madurai , city of Temple and our relatives and friends visit our place so often and stay for a day or a week to see nearby temples. My mom being a working women always pampered guests and never cooked a simple menu when guests are around. Those days we don’t have maid at home too. As grown up in that situation i never missed a chance to invite people to home whenever i have time and cook elaborately for them. In fact i started this blog upon the sweet condition of Rak’s as i have to send an entry for her event Cooking for Guests which she hosted on my request. 
Though now a days due to kids studies, my own personal work and hubby’s office work weekends i never get time to call people to home but if i time permits and i call any of my friend’s here i never miss to cook an elaborate meal for them . Though it is a big effort when they happily eat and say they enjoyed the food , that gives me a lot of happiness. 
Every time when i invite i break my head what to cook for them and so i started this Cooking for guest series. I will be posting the menu plans and it will be a mix of Lunch, dinner , breakfast or evening Tiffin. Even you can alter few items and can cook the menu for your family too if you don’t have guests at home.   
Whatever you cook, cook with happiness and serve with lot of love, even though the menu is simple and not very hot , the love will make the guest feel completely satisfied. I think all of you agree with this . Happy cooking and happy hosting.
So my dear readers, be my Guest and join this journey for a visual treat. With your all your support i hope we all will enjoy this journey. Let me start with the South Indian lunch meal today. 

I made

The papad i fried the before night and payasam i made the before day night and kept in the refrigerator. You can chop the vegetables in advance to make the next day little hassle free.
Set the curds the previous day night. If the guests are coming for lunch keep your breakfast simple. Let it be a bread jam or a cereal. So that you will have enough time to cook and clean the entire kitchen and be with a happy smile on the face to welcome the guests.
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lata raja December 8, 2013 - 7:06 am

That is one massive effort to put all these wonderful dishes on the table. I am sure your guests will find it hard to leave without showering you with compliments.

jeyashri suresh December 8, 2013 - 9:03 am

Thanks a lot lataji for your sweet words. This keeps me to achieve more

Naba abra July 14, 2015 - 8:40 am

Jeyashri suresh.

Hatts off to you.. Since after marriage i immediately shifted to abroad even though my mother in law is well versed in cooking i am unable to train from her.. but i think you will help me a lot.. i try the dishes and make surprise my husband.. wish me please..
Thanks and Regards
Indian women

Raks anand December 8, 2013 - 7:17 am

Superb series and looking forward for more in this series. Sure ur guests are lucky and am happy that I have been ur guest too too several times 🙂 loved this spread too

jeyashri suresh December 8, 2013 - 9:04 am

thanks raji, it was my pleasure to host you. You are my inspiration always

Indhu December 8, 2013 - 7:27 am

temple of cities or city of temples??!! 😉

jeyashri suresh December 8, 2013 - 9:03 am

Sorry indu changed now. thanks for mentioning

Nithya Ravi December 8, 2013 - 7:28 am

Fantastic array of foods under one roof.I too love to serve guests when time permits,your combo is surely inviting.Looking forward to many such posts.

AparnaRajeshkumar December 8, 2013 - 8:28 am

Thumbs up Jey ! looking wonderful

Ramya Venkat December 8, 2013 - 9:05 am

Super effort sis and wow recipes

Kaveri Venkatesh December 8, 2013 - 10:01 am

A lovely series Jeyashri. .looking forward to all tge different kinds of menus u r going to post..a very helpful series

Aarthi December 8, 2013 - 11:18 am

Lovely. I really need an idea on this. Thanks

Raji December 8, 2013 - 11:19 am

Wonderful series Jeyashri...planning of menus is always a tough task, and u have made it simplified. What a lovely spread !!!

Aarthi December 8, 2013 - 11:20 am

Lovely. I really need an idea on this. Thanks

Veena Theagarajan December 8, 2013 - 12:53 pm

what I lovely spread.. love it

Chitra Ganapathy December 8, 2013 - 12:57 pm

wow, super lunch.:)

Uma Shankar December 8, 2013 - 3:21 pm

simple and nice menu!

Janani Srivatsan December 8, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Amazing effort Jey .

shank December 8, 2013 - 8:41 pm

looks great, looking forward to see more menus..

Abarna December 9, 2013 - 4:46 am

Oh, this is gr8. I always scratch my head what to prepare for guests on weekends or for small parties. this is going to help me a lot. thanks jeyashri.

SHARMILEE J December 12, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Lovely spread!!

sathu December 14, 2013 - 11:48 pm

gud thought process 🙂 when I call people for lunch or dinner it will takesome time for me too prepare menu list also depending on the type of guest..... it shudnt be repetitive also... eager to get ideas from these posts.... thanks a ton..........

Amutha Naveen February 6, 2016 - 12:22 pm

U done a very good job mam.

dimple jain June 9, 2016 - 2:47 pm

hey hi, can i get the recipes of 'Tamil Sapad'.. i always wanted to try the full meal, so, can u help me in this? TIA..

jeyashri suresh June 30, 2016 - 3:02 am

Check the cooking for guest 16 - Full tamilnadu meals. Visit my recipe index page

Unknown June 11, 2016 - 1:04 pm

wow super recipes........ thank you

sangeetha June 11, 2016 - 1:07 pm

hi friend all recipe is super..... thank you

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