We are entering into the second week of BM Mega Marathon for Sep, featuring a Buffet on Table. First week was all about serving combo dishes. Second week features Indian States.
Now as many of you know, I am very fond of the Indian Thali Concept. Many of the Indian States have their traditional and authentic way of serving a lunch course. I even had a Mela on Indian Thalis for which many of my friends went over the board and cooked up many delicious and unbelievable thalis of different states.
I had made some thalis myself, for some I tried covering the entire course. Still have some states that I was planning to make. That was some years ago and even then it was impossible to expect the entire 15 – 20 dishes to be completed in one sitting. Now I find there are hardly any takers for such an elaborate meal.
Thalis are mostly served for lunch as its heavy. Or as in south, when cooked at home, its mostly brunch. When one cooks up a feast, its mostly on a festival occasion. Different families follow different festival customs. In our home, I have noticed Amma following different Lunch menu for different festivals. Right from sweets, savories, the lunch menu also varies.
I have tried my best to follow all that. However with young children at home, it is nearly impossible.
So when we decided to have Indian States, I was again and again going back to my addiction of thali. We had enough time and planning to make these ahead.
However as always with life catching you up, I was left to handle this at the very end. I was almost not sure if I would be able to make it. I confirmed with all the elders at home, if I can go ahead making this and knowing their love for Kerala food, atleast my parents, I went ahead.
Planning the Onam Sadya Menu helps in you cooking up the dishes quickly. Since all are simple vegetarian dishes, you can cook many within short time frame.
For any South Indian meal, Sambar is a main dish to be featured. Sambar is made with Toor Dal/Yellow Pigeon Pea along with vegetables, Tamarind and Tomatoes. However each state has its own characteristic lent to the sambar.
Andhra has no Sambar version of its own, its mostly adapted from Tamil Nadu
In Karnataka, it is spicy yet bit sweetish as jaggary is added
In Kerala, it is made with coconut and coconut oil.
Today’s Sambar is Kerala Style made with Roasted Coconut and Spices, adapted from here.
Kerala Style Sambar with Roasted Coconut and Spices
Drumstick – 1 no, cut 4 inch lengthwise
Lady`s finger – 5-6 nos, cut into 2″ pieces
Potato, cubed large – 1
Toor Dal – 1 cup
Tomato – 1 medium, chopped
Sambar Onions / Shallots – 4 -5, peeled
Green Chilli – 2-3 slit,lengthwise
Tamarind – Gooseberry sized, extracted from soaking in a cup of hot water for 10 mins
Coriander Leaves for garnish
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tsp
For the Sambar Podi:
Grated Coconut – 1 cup
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Red chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Dried red chillies – 3
Fenugreek seeds powder :1 tsp (I used 1/4 tsp of whole fenugreek, roasted and ground together)
Asafoetida a pinch
Curry leaves few