Monday, August 27, 2007

Vaanu Thiruonam

I have graduated from "I cook so that I do not starve" to "I'm a good cook".

I cooked a huge Ona sadya for few of our friends, they all enjoyed it and had a wonderful time.

Very rarely we invite more than 2 people at a time and my usual menu is Fried Rice/Vegetable Pulao and chicken curry. This is something that you can never go wrong with. Everyone likes it and it is easy to make.

Onam has always been a special time to me, so this Onam I decided to do it on a large scale (cooking for 8 is a large scale according to me) and invited people very close to us.

Me being my usual self had a time line of things to do whole of last week with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mainly being shopping and cleaning. Thursday was supposed to be the prep day, but something else came up and that did not happen.

Friday since I missed a day, I was little on the "I can not believe I'm behind" stage. Friday evening I started cooking and some last minute cleaning. Woke up around 6.30 AM on Saturday and cooked till around 11.00 AM and I was done. I was so happy because I never knew I had it in me to be able to cook such a elaborate meal.

All our friends came, all the girls were dressed in Set Mundu and the guys in Mundu and Juba. We lit our Nella Vilakku and sat around it and ate our lunch on Vazha ella (banana leaf).

It was such a beautiful experience to celebrate Onam with dear ones.

Happy Onam to all.

11 comments:

Sarah said...

Happy Onam Thsnu
Wish I was there..to eat the sadya you cooked!

educatedunemployed said...

Happy Onam to you too. Being with dear ones is always a pleasure. Food becomes secondary. But when made with love can make the whole experience totally divine. So glad you have graduated to a good cook. Always a good thing to know. :)

Archana said...

Happy onam :-)! What did you make?

mathew said...

thats some stupendous effort..eating sadhya is so easy! ;-P

wishing you a happy onam!!

Rahul Rad said...

happy Onam Thanu!
In my case, it passed with depressing ease! Probably the most uneventful onam ever :-)

Alexis said...

Wishing you a belated happy onam. Nice to know that you had a wonderful time.

Thanu said...

$Sarah
Hope u had a great Onam too

$educatedunemployed
Tho kab aa rahi hai, so I can cook for u now.

$Archana
Oh I made lot of mallu dishes, I dunno if you wud know.
-Sambar
-Dal
-Inji Curry
-Pachadi
-Aviyal
-Payasam
And few Vegetable side dishes, we call them thoran, more like poriyal in tamil

$mathew
Hope u had a great Onam too.

$Rahul Rad
This Onam will make u enjoy all the special ones that come ur way.

$Alexis
How was ur Onam?

Rays Of Sun said...

Oh wow!! Been one of the lucky few to have eaten the lovely dosa made by you:)

Beautiful Mind said...

Wow..It seems great to visualise it..I had two chances when we had a mallu neighbour but it was 10 - 12 years back..
I really love "Aviyal"..appadiyae sapptukitae eruppen..

Joy said...

Happy Onam to you. Nice to know you graduated in cooking. I can't beleive you got banana leaf here!

Agasthiyan said...

Happy Onam. We too in Chennai do similar things. Never had a chance to be in Kerala during Onam.