Avaraikkai/Broad Beans Curry- Festive Lunch Thali/Tamil New Year Thali

For Day 3 of Blogging Marathon, i invite you all for a Festive Lunch. The Thali Featured is made for Tamil New Year's Day. I Love Cooking for festivals for the Variety we have. Never mind slogging in the kitchen for the whole day, but ultimately when we sit together and relish each and every dish all the tiredness evaporates!!!!! My Friends used to ask me, why do you want to make so much when there is only 2 +1 of you to eat. I simply say,  staying outside my country and i dont want my kiddo to grow up without knowing our traditions, i want him experience each and every festival and the way it will be celebrated back home,i dont want him to blink and say i never knew that they do so much on such a day. Though there is lot of variety, i cook the minimum of all,most of it will get over after lunch and rest is packed for dinner.


Festive Lunch thali Menu Starting from left-right
Mango Pachadi. Avaraikkai/Broad Beans Curry, Sweet Potato Fry, Mint-Coriander Lentil Vada, Vendaikai Thayir Pachadi/Okra Raita, Applam, Capsicum Sambhar, Carrot Kootu, Paruppu Rasam, Yellow Pumpkin Kheer.

Manga Pachadi/Mango Sweet Pachadi, the heroine of the day. This is a must on a Tamil New Year's Day menu. It Symbolizes the essence of life.The recipe contains Sweet - Jaggery, Sour - Raw Mango, Bitter- Neem Flower/Veppan poo and Spicy - Red chili. Life is a mixture of everything sweet, sour, bitter and spicy  so be ready to face another year with all these mixed together by tasting this All-in-one pachadi.  
Yellow Pumpkin is used in most of the festivals as it is considered auspicious. Normally we make sambhar using this, but this time i tried making kheer and it was a instant hit, Hubby dear asked me whether it is Badam Kheer!!! Recipe Coming next week.
Capsicum Sambhar, Carrot Kootu and Paruppu Rasam. Staple Dishes in everyday south-indian cooking.
Coriander-Mint Flavored Lentil Vada. It is a tradition to make Paruppu/Lentil vada on Festive days. Since the Lentils resemble auspiciousness. Instead of trying the same old paruppu vada, i added a handful of coriander and mint leaves to give an extra zing to the vada.  Perfect Combo for a Vadai is Thayir Pachadi/Raita. Here this Flavorful vada is served with Okra Raita/Vendaikkai Thayir pachadi.

Today's Recipe Avaraikkai /Broad Beans Curry 
Ingredients
2 Cups of thinly sliced Avaraikkai/Broad beans
2 tbsp Freshly grated coconut
2 tbsp Moong dal, soaked in water for 15 minutes
Salt to taste


Tempering
1-2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds/Kadugu
1 tsp Gram dal /Chana dal (optional)
3 nos. Red chili (Long Variety), each broken into 2-3 pieces
1 sprig of curry leaf
hing a pinch
turmeric powder a pinch
Method
  • Heat a Kadai with oil given for tempering.Splutter mustard seeds, add chana dal, hing, turmeric, curry leaves and red chilies
  • Saute till chana dal turns brown.
  • Add Sliced Avaraikkai/Broad beans and saute.Add 1/4 Cup of water, cover and cook in a low flame till done.
  • When the beans are 3/4th done, add grated coconut and moong dal and mix well and Cook unitl done.
  • Serve warm as a Rice accompaniment.
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Sending this to Thali Mela, happening  @ Cooking 4 all Seasons, Event by Srivalli


22 comments:

Chef Mireille said...

wonderful display..pumpkin kheer I want to try!

Jayashree said...

It is commendable that you take so much trouble to ensure that your child keeps in touch with his roots.

Shobha said...

Delicious meal.. I like the green and yellow colour of the banana leaf..looks very decorative.

Jayanthi said...

Very nice Priya...love the color of yellow pumpkin payasam. Nice spread.

Roshni said...

Priya... eating meals in the elai is so perfect.

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Nice spread Priya. I totally agree that our kids must not miss out on the traditions just bcos we are out of India. Lovely dishes!

R said...

what a festive spread, looks really authentic.

Priya said...

Super delicious spread, definitely our kids dont miss our traditions and foods eventhough we rnt in India, just love eating in banana leaf..

Rasi said...

Super spread priya.. I really miss home.. We made all of these but to eat in plate.. :( very nice. Pumpkin Kheer waiting for recipe!

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Archana Vivek said...

Nice spread and lovely looking Thali

Usha said...

Even we make make mango sweet chutney for ugadi but the texture is little different.

Kalyani said...

Priya - amazing festive spread.. appadiye puthandukku vandhra maadri aachu... lovely combo of vegetables !


Kalyani
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The Pumpkin Farm said...

yummy spread...looks beautiful, so traditional

Jaleela said...

பிரியா அப்படியே இப்படி பார்சல் அனுப்புங்க
முதல அந்த மாங்க பச்சடிய அனுப்புங்க

Prathibha said...

nice n delicious spread..looks yumm

Srivalli said...

What a lovely spread!..everything looks so good..

Preeti Garg said...

nice and awesome thali

Priya dharshini said...

The best meal ,i luv to have during festivals..

Suma Gandlur said...

Amazing spread!

PJ said...

Nice treat for new year :) . Waiting for the pumpkin kheer recipe...

vidhas said...

Awesome spread Priya, love the glossy look of mango pachadi. My favourite spread.

Asiya Omar said...

Superb preparation.

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