Monday, September 1, 2014

How to prepare Onam Sadya at home

Last year Onam Sadya at home
The first course of an Onam Sadya is always Paripp curry and  ghee with red boiled rice and pappadam.

Paripp curry -Roast the Moong Dhal  then add water and cook it with some salt and a coarsely ground  coconut, jeera and green chillies. When it is cooked , temper it with dry red chillies, mustard and curry leaves.

Olan – Cut the vegetables into fairly big pieces  as for avial (Raw banana, Brinjal, Raw papaya, Lady’s finger, pumpkin, snake gourd and split green chillies).  Boil Red gram (vanpayar) . Cook all the vegetables add the boiled gram. Crush the garlic cloves with the grated coconut and stir well. The curry should be fairly thick. Temper the curry using coconut oil, mustard, dry red chillie and curry leaves.

Avial – Cut the vegetables into big pieces (Brinjal, pumpkin, snake gourd, string beans, drumstick etc., ) Boil the vegetables along with slit green chillies , turmeric powder, curry leaves and salt. When the vegetables are done add coarsely ground coconut and cumin seeds mixed in curds. When the gravy is fairly thick. Season the curry using coconut oil, mustard, dry red chillies and curry leaves.

Thoran – Thoran can be made with cabbage, beans, carrot and other vegetables also. You need to grate the vegetables for making thoran  or slice it very thin.  Add oil and cook the vegetable with salt and turmeric and when it is half done add coarsely ground coconut, jeera, green chillie and garlic.  Heat oil add mustard seed, red chillie and curry leaves and season the thoran  ( please don’t add water while cooking the vegetables)

Pulinji Curry – In oil fry mustard, curry leaves,jeera  and methi seeds. Add ginger and tamarind pulp and jaggery and cook till the gravy thickens. Garnish with fried curry leaves.

Along with the above curries the usual Sambar, rasam , moru curry along with Kaduku manga pickle, pachachdi etc are served.

Now let’s move on to the sweet dishes served on Onasadya.  There will be Ada payasam,  pal payasam,  parippu payasam

Ada Payasam - Boil the ada. Add milk cook until done. Then add sugar and cardamon powder. Stir well. Add ghee and garnish with fried coconut pieces

Make your Onasadya and Enjoy your Onam

Check this link to know more about Onam Sadya in Bangalore 2014
Onam Ashamsagal!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Restaurants serving Onam Sadya in Bangalore -2014

Onam is back!!  With Onam around the corner, it brings flashes of old memories - me and gang of cousins out in the backyard of our houses, picking flowers for the Onam pookalam. These old scene of mine would be familiar to many other too.

Sadly, this sort of Onam is gone, so are many things around us. 

Onam Sadya in Bangalore
There are couple of restaurants serving Onam Sadya in Bangalore. Here're the list of places from the five-star hotels to the friendly neighborhood stores serving Onam Sadya. 

Restaurants Serving Onam Sadya in Bangalore

1.Ente Keralam located at Ulsoor Road, Bangalore

Enjoy Onam feast 
from 1st to 7th September 2014. The menu features special delicacies like Ada Pradhaman, along with Thorans, Avial, Eruseri, Rasam and more.

The rate

545/- + Tax from 1st to 6th Sept 2014,
645/- + Tax on 7th Sept 2013 - the 12 pm slot is already booked, you can try for 11am or after 3pm slot. They also provide pasayam ( 500 gm ) and sadhya as takeaway. 

Call on 080-32421002 to reserve or get complete details. 

2. The Paul Bangalore, at Domlur Layout

Onam sadya on September 7, 2014. Call 080 - 4047 7777 for reservations.

Rate: 1100/- + Tax

The Paul
3.Drumsticks, located at Richmond Road, Bangalore

Exclusive Onam Lunch Menu at Drumsticks Original Price: Rs.450 all inclusive.
Timings: 11:30 AM and  3:00 PM 
For Reservations Call : 080-41116903 OR 8971232671.

4.The Gateway

7th Sunday 1250/- plus tax, Time 11:30 - 1:30 2:30- 3:00
Contact # 66604545 to reserve your seat

5) Home Delivery of Onam Sadya 
Delivery Date: 7/9/14 ( Thiru Onam day only)
Time: 11 AM onward
Onam Sadya is delivered to your home - Serving 3 nos - Rate Rs 975/- 
Contact- (M) 9008477741, 080-65678238 for timing, and area covered by them.

6) Onam Sadya at Rangashankara

 September 7, 2014, 1 PM onwards
Onam sadya ( Lunch) Rs 430/-
Contact Anju for details - 91 9845036605

7) Cafe Malabari in Koramangala

  Onam Sadya on Sept 7, 2014
  Rate Rs 250/-
  Timing 12 to 3:30 PM
 080- 25507373 or 9035007372 for details.
  Check this good experience on Onam Sadya at Cafe Malabari.

8. Menna's Delight, Domlur ( Myself)
This Onam, I'm hosting six people for Onam sadya in my house at Domlur, Bangalore. This Onam feast is  is arranged through MealTango, 

What's Meal Tango?
Launched in India in July 2013, MealTango help travelers and food aficionados experience culture through food.

Onam sadya  on 7th Sunday at 12:30, 499/- all inclusive 12:30 pm, get in touch through to know more about the Onam Sadya and reservations. Only 6 seats.

Onashamsakal to All!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Basic Fondant Icing with two tier cake stacking classes

Learn to make the fondant dough from the scratch, all basic techniques of how to work with fondant, rolling out and placing on the cake.
You will also learn how to cover cake with Ganache and drape the cakes with fondant and learn to stack the 2 tiers cakes and decorate with ruffles and make roses and leaves.
As an additional part you also learn how to powder dust your flowers.
14th September 2014
Time: 2:00 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Poonthi Road, Kumarapuram, Trivandrum
28th September 2014
Time: 9:30am to 2:30 pm
Venue: Hotel Baserra, Clock Tower, Secunderabad

Course details.
All tools, two cakes and materials will be provided along with high tea
Techniques which you will learn in this class.
Making fondant dough from the starch
Basic shapes
Learn how to Ganache both layer cakes.
Stack both layers.
Powder dusting the flowers
Take away
Printed recipe of homemade fondant
Two tier stacked cake decorated by you.
Fondant modeling tool kit.
One set of plunger cutters
And confidence to make your own fondant cake

Contact Marina Charles at 09379398865 , 09341275334, 080-41715105 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Masala Chai/Tea

Do you like to have tea? What type of tea you like? Are you a tea lover?
If you are looking for some spicy tea then you can go for this Masala chai, this is a blend of ginger and cardamom.

Milk – 1/2 cup
Water -1/2 cup
Tea – 1 tsp heaped ( I use red label tea leafs)
Sugar - 2 tsp
Cardamom - 2
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece

  1. Crush ginger and cardamom together and keep aside. Boil milk and water till it froths.
  2. Now add sugar and stir well till it dissolves. Add crushed ginger cardamom and tea powder and simmer for 3-5 mins.
  3. When the tea starts to boil and turns strong, switch it off.
  4. Now filter the tea and serve hot.

South Indian Thali meal cooking lessons at Bangalore

"When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste."
Nathan who came from US loved the Puri and Aloo Masala and the South Indian Thali meals, enjoyed making them as much as he loved eating them. Menna's Indian Cooking Class Bangalore


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