It is that time of the year again when everyone’s mind is on one thing alone – Onam Sadya. Some manage to go out to eat and some dare to cook it at home but I am gonna tell you the best solution for having a Sadya. Do a Sadya potluck, with each person cooking one or two dishes no one feels the strain but one manages to eat a home cooked Sadya!
If you think this is the idea of my brilliant mind, you are wrong since I have my friend Ruth to thank for this. She has been organizing an Onam potluck for a few years now and this time around I was happy to be a part of it. 15 kickass dishes made in 5 or 6 homes, they all came together so beautifully to make a meal that was delicious and fun!
I was given the task of making Avial and Dal Payasam and here I am sharing those recipes with you. So either on Onam day or in the coming weekend – Do a potluck and have a Sadya. Absolutely worth the effort!
This avial is a mother in law’s recipe with a slight twist. She typically makes it tamil style with is with a little more gravy. But everytime I have eaten Avial in a kerala home or sadya it has been almost dry so while talking to her about the recipe, we figured that it all seemed similar minus the last step where she adds a rice flour + water mixture to give it a thickish gravy. So I used her recipe, reduced a tiny bit of salt and skipped the last step. If you want the tamil style, at the end of the recipe add 2 tsp of rice flour mixed with 1/4 cup of water, a little salt and add it to the Avial. Bring to boil and turn off the heat.