Friday, September 23, 2011

Beetroot - Chocolate Cake

Beetroot Chocolate Cake

Post Onam blues was holding me back from blogging for a while....Also we were taking our turns with fever and flu and saying good bye to winter.....So not yet completely recovered to pen down something.....

Monday, September 12, 2011

An Aussie Athappookkalam...



Our athappokkalam at home.....

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Paal Payasam / Rice Pudding And Onashamsakal

Paal Payasam

Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous Onam in advance....


It is that time of year again when Malayalis get nostalgic with their Onam memories....No matter where we are , the message of peace and togetherness which this festival brings along is something to be cherished...


Onam memories and experiences have undergone its own changes with each passing generation, as obvious from the usual hearing from our elder generation "What Onam now...It was all in our olden times  "....Right?


Being brought up in the capital city of Kerala , my Onam memories are limited to getting Onakodi [ the new dress gifted from the elderly member of family] , decorating Athappokalam / floral designs which happens mostly in school or college , taking turns in the Oonjal [ swing ] and the indispensable Onasadya.....More than all these , it was time for our family get together , having fun with cousins and enjoying sadya sitting just next to my grandpa....

In the midst of all these celebrations , do we have one moment to follow and remember what is the message of Onam , other than telling kids the story of King Mahabali being sent to patala by Vamana and his asking for a boon to come back and visit his people during Onam and all that.......
That was what I was also used to hear when I was a child....Just wanted to share a little thought on this note as I am sure that our next generation will definitely need more explanation on this story.....

Was it the king Mahabali who was destoryed by Vamana or the pride which was growing in him about his own virtues which was destroyed.....Think over and you will defintely get an answer when your little one asks about Onam the next time....So instead of the story they can get the real message behind this beautiful festival and treasure those values for the rest for their lives......[ Interested readers can follow the story as in Bhagavatham , here ].