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Wishing all my Readers and friends a Happy Vishu
Another Vishu is coming and knocking at my door. Vishu is a harvest festival of Kerala, South India my home state. It falls on April 15th which is Medam according to Malayalam calendar 1st. Vishu is celebrated with a Kanikannal ritual which is done at 3. AM in the morning before the sunrise. Vishukkani is a beautiful arrangement of kanikonna and other flowers, fruits, vegetables, rice, pulses, coconut, betel leaves, areca nuts, gold jewelry, gold and silver coins, kasavu, mirror, bell metal lamps and vaalkannadi, all arranged in a bell metal vessel called uruli in front of the idol of Srikrishna. This symbolizes hope and promise and is followed by a sumptuous lunch with various dishes and delicacies, mostly made of seasonal fruits and vegetables especially mango and jackfruit. Then there is a tradition that the oldest member of the family would give kaineettam to all those younger to him. I still remember getting Kaineetam from my dad.
Even though Vishu is celebrated throughout Kerala, Northern part of Kerala has more prominent celebration. They prepare lot of traditional dishes unique to that area. After a scrumptious Sadhya a feast there will be Fireworks in the night. However Southern part of Kerala only has kaineetan and kanikannal and a sadhya no fireworks. Every dish prepared in the feast will feature stars like mango and jackfruit. The sadhya has jackfruit chips, jackfruit pudding, jackfruit curries, mango curries, mango pudding, etc.
Here is the list of unique vishu recipes.
Vishu breakfast recipes include
Vishu kanji, savory version
For the evening snack, there will be kaniyappam/Deep fried rice pancake , Vishu ada. Next in my list is to try Vishu ada.
Traditional curries made during vishu Sadhya recies.
Following 12 varieties of payasam / pradhaman please check the link for recipes.
- Chakka pradhaman with chakka varatti/ Jackfruit pudding with Jackfruit preserve
- Chakka payasam/Jackfruit pudding with fresh jackfruit
- Ada pradhaman
- Palada pradhaman
- Semiya payasam
- Kadalaparippu pradhhaman
- Aval pradhaman
- Rava payasam
- Black rice paysam
- Pal payasam
- Pazham payasam / Aranamulla Vella sadhya special
- Ariyum parippum payasam
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This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.