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5 quick festive recipes for Onam

If you think cooking a delicious meal on Onam is going to be a long and spirited task, think again. With these 5 simple, quick, finger-licking-good, pure vegetarian recipes you can have a traditional Kerala style meal ready in minutes. Take a look:

Carrot Pachadi

This quick salad is proof that the simplest things in life are the best. Grated carrots, fresh coconut, soaked green gram and coriander, tempered with a simple coconut oil and curry leaf tadka. The great part about this recipe is that it gets polished off as quickly as it gets made.

Cabbage Foogath

Cabbage Foogath is one of the simplest sabzis to put together – it won’t take you more than 15 minutes to have this deliciousness on your plate. Shredded cabbage cooked in a flavourful tempering made with coconut oil, turmeric, mustard seeds, curry leaves, chana dal, chillies and asafoetida. A generous handful of the South Indian essential, fresh scraped coconut adds a hint of sweetness and texture to this sabzi.


A good Appam is supposed to be soft and fluffy in the centre, just the slightest crisp golden brown on the edges and is also supposed to take you to food heaven! Any Kerala style meal is incomplete without these fermented rice flour pancakes! Plus, it tastes great with just about anything!

Alleppey Vegetable Curry

This Alleppey Style Mixed Vegetable Curry is a welcoming change from the usual avial you are served in a saadhya. A colourful melange of vegetables cooked in a masala paste of tomatoes, fresh coconut and red chillies, tempered with curry leaves and coconut oil. This nutritious curry is great with rice or appams.

Pal Payasam

If you are celebrating an occasion in Kerala and don’t have this delicious rice and milk kheer on the menu, you are not doing it right. Luscious and sweet, this creamy kheer is further enriched with a crunch of ghee-fried cashewnuts and raisins. The best way to end a South Indian Kerala style meal is with a bowl or two of this payasam.

Check out a bunch of other delicious recipes that will fit perfectly into a saadhya on sanjeevkapoor.com. Keep browsing.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.