Here are some recipes to help you bring Onam home, wherever you may be!

Onam is an extravagant festival and the elaborate feasts play a huge role in the celebrations not only in Kerala but across the world

author_img IANS Published :  03rd September 2022 08:57 PM   |   Published :   |  03rd September 2022 08:57 PM
These recipes will take minimum time and bring back those memories that you shared with your family during the festival

These recipes can be made in a jiffy and will bring back those memories that you shared with your family during Onam| Photo credit: Vinitha V (Unsplash)

Onam is a festival that is celebrated by Malayalis across the globe with a variety of foods, festive décor, and fun activities. Onam is an extravagant festival and the elaborate feasts play a huge role in the celebrations not only in Kerala but across the world. Having said that, some Kairalis are away from Kerala and still want to celebrate the festivities with some nostalgia, so here are some mouth-watering traditional recipes that can be made easily, anywhere in the world. These will take the least time possible and will help bring back those memories that you shared with your family during the festival.

Sarkaravaratti: 
For a quick snack with your family!
Serves: 4-5
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 raw green bananas
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 10-12 green cardamom
  • 2 tbsp dry ginger powder
  • Coconut oil

Also read: Recipe: Make a delicious Olan stew for your Onam sadya at home with just six ingredients

Steps:

  • Peel and cut the bananas into round pieces.
  • Place a single batch of banana chunks on a microwave-safe plate and put it in the oven.
  • On high, microwave for one minute. The banana will start to soften and release moisture.
  • Carefully flip each piece over, then season with salt, ground cumin, dry ginger powder.
  • Microwave for 2 more minutes on high, pausing after the first minute and then restarting. The chips will be crisp and finished at this point. If not, wait another 30 or so seconds.
  • Take it out in a serving bowl and serve immediately.

Paal Payasam 
A dessert that you can enjoy with your friends and family!
Serves: 3-4
Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoon basmati rice
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-litre milk
  • 4 pods of green cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 10-12 cashew and almonds for garnishing

Steps:

  • Rice should be rinsed and drained and soaked for at least 20 minutes. Once soaked, add the rice to a food processor to break the grains.
  • Take the milk in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Remove and mix the broken, soaked rice with the heated milk in the microwave for another 8 minutes, uncover and stir every 2 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl, then whisk in the sugar, green cardamom powder, cashews and almonds.
  • Cool it for 10 minutes and keep it in a refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Take it out and enjoy a traditional dessert with your family.

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Avial 
A traditional Malayali dish without which your Sadya is incomplete.
Serves: 2-3
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For vegetable:

  • 100g chopped carrot, beans, brinjal, potato, cauliflower, each
  • 50g chopped bottle gourd and drumstick, each

For paste:

  • 1/2 coconut, grated 4-5 green chillies

For tempering:

  • 200g beaten curd
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • 1tsp mustard seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • Chilli powder and salt as per taste
  • 1tbsp oil

Steps:

  • Make a paste with green chillies and coconut.
  • Wash and roughly cut each vegetable into 1-inch pieces.
  • Microwave the veggies in half a cup of water for 10 minutes.
  • Add the coconut and chilli paste, and salt, to the microwaved vegetables and microwave for 6 minutes.
  • Heat the oil for 30 seconds and add in the dry red chillies, curry leaves and mustard seeds and microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the tempered oil on the vegetables and microwave for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Allow it to stand for 5 minutes and serve with rice or pooris.

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