This week in cooking for guests series , i have made 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 meal for all festivals. After coming here though i make the important items for each and every festival. The reason behind this not due to laziness, but most of the festivals come on working days and for lunch i will be the only person at home. Suresh and kids will pack lunch for office and school. Even 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 proper banana leaf , and the one which we get in cover was not so proper when i opened. It was bit wide and was difficult to cover in my lens too. Though i am satisfied with the meal i am not satisfied with the pictures. But i don’t have option , as i don’t get banana leaf in near by shop and i opened the leaf . just before serving the food. So the food was ready already and i have to click. Will update sometime .
For Tamil new year generally we make the dishes with 6 different taste like sweet, salt, bitter,tangy,spicy,sour and uvarpu. Generally neem flower, raw mango is used in cooking. The lunch menu i cooked is which we follow in our family. Generally the menu doesn’t involve onion or garlic. We do not add onin, garlic, garam masala in our cooking on festival days.
You can make the menu bit elaborate also, by adding few items extra. i have mentioned that below.
The menu is:
- PARUPPU PAYASAM
- CUCUMBER RAITHA
- VAZHAKKAI KALYANA CURRY
- BEANS CURRY
- LEMON RICE
- ULUNDU VADAI
- POOSANIKAI KOOTU
- VEPAMPOO RASAM
- NEER MOR
loved the spread… damm good
loevly way of presenting your food jiya very nice 🙂
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..
Happy that u want to know abt the tradition. We throw/discard the leaf after eating. Mainly for hygenic purpose and to give the keaf as food to cows the food was served in banana leaf.but in this mordern times we don't use much but for south indian weddings and festivals we use for sure
extremely beautiful concept dear 🙂
Lovely and delicious looking Tamil New Year lunch spread.
This is such a lovely spread,feast to eyes before eaten 🙂
Great effort in presenting all the menu items. Happy tamil new year to you and your family as well.
very nice spread..lovely presentation Jey
such an awesome spread!!! would love to be ur guest… 🙂
Awesome.. You rock! 🙂
Happy tamil new year wishes Jeyashri, fantastic spread, couldnt stop myself drooling here.
Lovely spread…Missing the banana leaf here…Happy New Year
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