Cooking for GuestCooking for guests series #18 | tamil new year special lunch menu

Cooking for guests series #18 | tamil new year special lunch menu

This week in the cooking for guests series, I have made a full elaborate meal we cook for Tamil New Year. Tamil New Year is celebrated tomorrow. When we were in India I used to cook elaborate meals for all festivals, after coming here I made the important items for every festival. The reason for this is not laziness, but most festivals come on working days and for lunch, I will be the only person at home. Suresh and the kids will pack lunch for the office and school. Even if it is on a holiday, nobody will eat an elaborate meal. But I wanted to make an elaborate meal for this cooking-for-guests series and today I will be sharing the Tamil New year lunch menu.
I couldn’t get a proper banana leaf, and the one which we got in cover was not so proper when I opened it. It was a bit wide and difficult to cover with my lens.

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இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

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Tamil-new -year-lunch

For Tamil New Year generally, we make dishes with 6 different tastes sweet, salt, bitter, tangy, spicy, sour, and uvarpu. Generally, neem flower and raw mango are used in cooking. The lunch menu I cooked is what we follow in our family. Generally, the menu doesn’t involve onion or garlic. We do not add onion, garlic, garam masala in our cooking on festival days.
You can make the menu a bit elaborate also, by adding a few extra items. I have mentioned that below.
The menu is:

Tamil-new year-lunch

You can add poli, vazhakkai chips, tomato sweet pachadi to the menu. Puliyodarai or coconut rice can be replaced with lemon rice.
Wishing you all a very happy Tamil new year.

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  1. i have a question dear jeya.. i know its quite weird; what do you do with banana leaf after that? just discard it straight away? or you wash it and then you do use it for further meals? before it turns to yellow and fade 🙂 do reply i just want to know about the culture.. i am so fascinated by presenting food on banana leaf, the chutneys, bhujias look so great..


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