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Thursday, January 14, 2010

AVIYAL FOR KANU

Kanu pandigai is the 3rd day of the pongal pandigai series. This falls on the mattu pongal day. Cattle are decorated and jallikattu race is conducted in villages.

In the early morning, fresh turmeric is marked on the forehead of ladies and unmarried girls, by the gents and elders seeking their blessings for "sowmangalyam" and " to get a good husband" respectively.

This day is another important festival for the unity of brothers and sisters. Sisters pray for the welfare of their brothers. Gifts are exchanged as a mark of their unity. Red rice and yellow rice are prepared using turmeric and kumkum. The turmeric leaves are arranged on a kolam on the terrace and "pidis" (small balls) made out of the leftover sarkarai pongal & curd rice of the previous day + red rice and yellow rice are arranged on the leaves chanting "KAAKKAA PIDI VECHAEN, KANU PIDI VECHAEN, KAAKKAIKKUM KURUVIKKUM KALYANAM, KAAKAA KOOTAM KALANJALUM, ENGA KOOTTAM KALAYAAMA IRUKKANUM'' (meaning everyone in the family should be united) and it is offered alongwith the tamboolam and sugarcane to the crows and Sun God.

MENU FOR KANU PANDIGAI:

RASAM IS NOT MADE ON THIS DAY.
Variety rice(i.e.) coconut rice, lemon rice, puliyodharai, curd rice, payasam and aviyal are made alongwith poricha appalam.

Now the recipe for aviyal:
INGREDIENTS:

Mixed vegetables - 3 cups ( beans, carrot, yam, ash gourd, pumpkin, raw banana etc.)
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 4
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp.

Curry leaves(optional) - 1 sprig
Thick curd - 1cup

Coconut oil - 2 tablespoons

Salt - as per taste


METHOD:

Soak cumin seeds in water for 5 minutes and grind it alongwith scraped coconut and green chillies.
Cut all the vegetables into thin long strips. Cook the vegetables in very little water and salt. When done add the ground paste and allow it to boil till the raw smell goes away. Switch off the stove and add the curd and mix well. Pour the coconut oil into it and mix well. This is an excellent combo for adai also.













30 comments :

  1. The avial looks delicious and nice.

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  2. My favorite.Tempering is not required?

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  3. simple and my fav ...love to have it with rice and very healthy too with all the vegetables in it

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  4. My mother makes avial too because just for thiruvadhirai we would have had kootu. But tomorrow I am making kootu, no suitable veggies for avial on hand:(

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  5. sailaja, tempering not required

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  6. Happy pongal and this aviyal looks fantastic..

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  7. Super avial and a very nice description of Kanu. Really miss all the kaaka pudi, kannu pudi here

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  8. Hi Shanthi Happy Pongal. Avial looks delicious.

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  9. I was in India at home celebrating Kanu pongal last year - my daughter had a blast singing the Kakkai song - she loved it! I have to do it here this year I guess! Aviyal looks great!

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  10. This is totally diff aviyal and easy too...will giv a try....Happy pongal

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  11. Delicious avial!!Wish u & ur family Happy Pongal.:)

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  12. Wow,Yummy aviyal,I feel like eating as such!

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  13. Hi Shanthi I have an award waiting for u in my blog. you can collect it.

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  14. avial paarkave supera iruku! happy kanu!
    Im fine... Just that college is too demanding...Im about to start my next sem next week. My friend priya gave her recipe to publish, so immediately put it up...

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  15. Happy Pongal dear!...loved reading this post, truly informative :)

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  16. happy pongal shanti...this aviyal luks tempting...nice recipe...gud info abt pongal...

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  17. delicious Aviyal. HAPPY PONGAL :)

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    thaligai.All the 3 blogs of yours make me feel proud that i too am Iyengar.
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  20. Lovley avial. Very informative.One of my favourite dish.

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