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ओनम - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Onam recipes in Hindi)
ઓનમ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Onam recipes in Gujarati)

Onam, one of the most well-known festivals of South India – especially Kerala and bordering towns – is one of the grandest you can see! In Kerala, it is celebrated with greater pomp and splendor than Diwali. It commemorates the homecoming of the spirit of the legendary King Mahabali. Mahabali was a great king under whose reign the people flourished like never before. His only quirk was his ego and this made Lord Vishnu take his life. Yet, since he was such a wonderful king, the Lord granted his wish to come back once a year and see his people prosper.

Onam, which falls around August-September, symbolizes prosperity and happiness. It is celebrated with dance, music, socializing and of course, food. The boat race is one of the most famous aspects of Onam, which people come from far and wide to watch. Every home is decked with flower rangolis and traditional bronze lamps and people shine in new clothes.

There is a lot of focus on food, and people enthusiastically prepare the traditional Onam ‘sadhya’ – a meal of 20+ dishes served on a plantain leaf. There are many types of kheer, sweets and vegetable dishes prepared on that day, not to forget steamed and deep-fried snacks and pancakes. Ada Pradhaman, Chakka Pradhaman and Nei Payasam are some of the famous kheers, while Unniappam, Vada and Upperi are amongst the famous snacks. Avial, Thoran, Puliseri, Pachadi, vegetable curries, and many more main course dishes are also prepared on the day! Indeed, in every way, it is a day of holistic celebration. The air is resonant with temple bells, music and laughter. The most notable thing about Onam is that it is a festival without religious boundaries. Everybody in Kerala celebrates it – and that, is the true spirit of any festival!


Kakara Pitha, Sooji Kakara Pitha recipe
A classic treat from Odia cuisine, the Kakara Pitha is a scrumptious sweet that everyone will enjoy, right from kids to elders. Deep-fried semolina balls with a sweet coconut stuffing, the Kakara Pitha has a fascinating mix of textures with an exciting crispness leading to succulent sweetness. Si ....
Appam ( How To Make Appam ) recipe
Appam is a famous dish from the keralite repertoire of south indian cooking. This recipe is an easy-to-make, instant version of the otherwise tough-to-make dish. Since yeast is used, the batter need not be fermented for long unlike the traditional version. Serve appam with slightly-sweetened coconut ....
Sambhar recipe
The aromatic flavours of this traditional South Indian dish are truly irresistible. The speciality of this sambhar is that it is made with minimal oil and loads of vegetables which enhance its nutritive value. When served hot with Nutritious Stuffed Idlis, it makes a meal that is very hard to resi ....
Adai Recipe, Adai Dosa, Breakfast recipe
Adai is a crisp, golden dosa made using a batter of rice and mixed dals. It has the rich aroma of coconut oil and roasted dals, and a very rustic flavour as well. It is more satiating than regular dosas and makes a great Breakfast . Adai can be enhanced ....
Spinach and Carrot Pulao with Coconut Curry recipe
Chock-full of nutrients and bubbling with flavour, the Spinach and Carrot Rice with Coconut Curry is a tasteful preparation of spinach and carrot rice perked up with a spicy paste, layered with coconut curry, and baked in an oven so the flavours mingle and cause your taste buds to tingle!
Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake recipe
Ela Ada is a traditional sweet delicacy from Kerala, made by steaming stuffed rice flour pancakes wrapped in a banana leaf. Here, we have shown the Ela Ada with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. On special occasions, it may also be made with a stuffing of sweetened jackfruit pulp. Ela means le ....
Dal Vada, South Indian Chana Dal Vada, Masala Vada recipe
You will love the exciting crispness of these delectable Dal Vadas. Made with a coarse paste of soaked chana dal perked up with onions, ginger paste and the whole traditional team of flavour enhancers, these vadas have a unique, rustic texture and warm, hearty flavour that will strike a chord with m ....
Chana Dal Vada, Crispy Chana Dal Vada recipe
The moment a South Indian buys a cup of tea , he would also buy a plate of Chana Dal Vada to accompany it! That is how popular this tasty South Indian Chana Dal Vada is. And not without reason. With loads ....
Mirchi Ka Salan ( Hyderabadi Style) recipe
The Hyderabadi Biryani experience is simply incomplete without the quintessential Mirchi ka Salan. Mirchi ka Salan is a curry of Bhavnagari chillies, flavoured with a rich paste of roasted peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds and red chillies. The spicy paste gives you a delectable kick, while tamarin ....
Sambar Rice, Sambar Sadam recipe
A traditional one-dish meal from the kitchens of Tamil Nadu, the Sambar Rice is enjoyed so much by them that it is made on special
Appam, Appam Without Yeast recipe
It is a delight to watch an experienced chef swirl the kadhai to make a perfect bowl-shaped Appam! You can master the art too, within a few tries. Appam is a delectable South Indian dish, which is comparable to dosa, but with a special texture and shape. ....
Hyderabadi Paneer Potato Kulcha recipe
An extraordinary kulcha with a spicy and satisfying taste, which makes it fit to be served just like that without any elaborate side-dishes. With a rich stuffing of paneer and potatoes, flavoured with myriad ingredients like green chillies, ginger, onions and herbs like coriander and mint, this H ....
Sweet Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal, Chakkarai recipe
God’s favourite offering, and man’s favourite prasad! Yes, the Sweet Pongal has won this contest hands-down. For generations, South Indians have believed the Sweet Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal to be one of the best offerings to God, as it combines rice and dal with jaggery and spices, all being aus ....
Vegetables in Coconut Curry, Karwar Style Valval Recipe recipe
Vegetables in Coconut Curry or Valval is a classic mixed vegetable preparation from the Western coastal region, where coconuts grow in plenty and are used abundantly in the cuisine. Here, an assortment of colourful and juicy veggies is flavoured simply with green chillies and cumin seeds and coo ....
Hyderabadi Lauki Kheer with Mini Rasgullas recipe
Here is a traditional Hyderabadi delicacy, which is served at weddings and other grand functions. This unique kheer is made with lauki but you will never be able to guess that when you taste it! Cooked with milk and mawa, and garnished with nuts, the lauk ....
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