Wish you all a Happy Tamil New year. Hope you all had a wonderful celebration !!!
Coming to the topic, Here is the feast i made for the New year. Its a No Onion- No Garlic feast. Its called "Virundhu" in Tamil.
The menu includes Pachadi, Medhu vada, Vegetable curry, Kootu, Sambar, Mor kuzhambhu, Rasam, Curd, Payasam, Pickle and Vadagams -Served with Rice.


This pachadi is made with five ingredients with different tastes like Sweetness, Saltiness, Bitterness, Sourness and Hotness. This signifies that "Life is like a mixture of all these tastes. Accept whatever comes our way and treat everything equal"

  • Mango - 1/2 cup sliced

  • Green chilly - 1

  • Dark Brown sugar - 1/4 cup

  • Salt - a pinch

  • Neem flowers - few
How to make it:

Melt brown sugar in water and bring it to a boil. Add mango, chilly and salt. Cook until mango is soft and pachadi becomes thick. Fry neem flower in 1 tsp oil and add it to the pachadi.

Vegetable curry

  • Cabbage - 1 cup chopped

  • Carrot - 1/2 cup, finely chopped

  • Beans - 1/2 cup, finely chopped

  • Peas - 1/4 cup

  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

  • Urad dal - 1 tsp

  • Green chillies - 2, slit

  • Coconut - 1/2 cup grated

  • Salt - as required

  • Curry leaves - few
How to make it:

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add urad dal and green chillies. Add all the vegetables and salt and cook covered until done. Sprinkle water if necessary while cooking. Add the grated coconut and curry leaves.


  • Chow-Chow (chayote) - 1, chopped

  • Peas - 1/4 cup

  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup

  • Channa dal - 1/4 cup

  • Green chillies - 2 or 3

  • Coconut - 1/2 cup, shredded

  • Cumin - 1 tsp

  • Turmeric powder - a pinch

  • Asafoetida - a pinch

  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

  • Urad dal - 1 tsp

  • Curry leaves - few

  • Cilantro - to garnish

  • Salt- as required

  • Dry red chillies - 1
How to make it:

Cook moong dal and channa dal with enough water in an open pan. When it is half done, add the peas and chow-chow and cook until they are almost done. Grind coconut, green chillies and cumin into a paste and add it to the cooked veggies with salt. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters add urad dal and dried red chillies and add this to the kootu. Garnish with cilantro and curry leaves.


  • Okra - 1 cup, diced

  • Toor dal - 1 cup cooked

  • Tamarind pulp out of small lemon sized ball

  • Corriander seeds - 1 tbsp

  • Channa dal - 1 tsp

  • Urad dal - 1 tsp

  • Red chillies - 2 or 3

  • Coconut - 1/4 cup, shredded

  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp

  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

  • Curry leaves - few

  • Cilantro - to garnish

  • Sambar powder - 2 tsp

  • Turmeric powder - a pinch

  • Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp

  • Salt - as required
How to make it:

Heat oil in a small kadai, add red chillies, corrainder, urad dal, channa dal, fenugreek seeds and fry until light brown. Let it cook and grind with coconut into a paste. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add urad dhal. Add the okra pieces and fry for a while. Add the tamarind pulp, asafoetida, sambar powder, turmeric powder and cook until raw smell goes. Add the mashed toor dal and salt and let it boil. Add the ground paste and cook until done. Garnish with curry leaves and cilantro.

Mor kuzhambhu

  • Taro root/ arbi/ Chepang kizhangu - few, cooked, peeled and diced

  • Thick curd - 2 cups

  • Coconut - 1/2 cup, shredded

  • Rice - 1 tsp

  • Toor dal - 1 tsp

  • Channa dal - 1 tsp

  • Cumin - 1 tsp

  • Green chillies - 2 or 3

  • Ajwain seeds - 1 tsp

  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

  • Dried Red chillies - 1 or 2

  • Turmeric powder - a pinch

  • Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Curry leaves - few

  • Cilantro - to garnish
How to make it:

Soak rice, channa dal and toor dal in water for about 1/2 hour. Grind this with coconut, green chillies and cumin into a paste. In a pan, add 1/2 cup water with the curd and mix well without any lumps. Add the ground mixture, turmeric powder, asafoetida, salt and cooked taro root and mix well. Check the taste. Now heat it on a medium flame until it boils. Garnish with curry leaves and cilantro. Heat oil in a small kadai, add red chillies, mustard seeds and when it splutters add ajwain and pour this over the mor kuzhambhu.


  • Tomato - 1 finely chopped

  • Tamarind pulp from a small goose-berry sized ball

  • Toor dal water - 1 cup

  • Pepper - few, crushed

  • Green chilly - 1, slit

  • Rasam powder - 1 tsp

  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Salt - as required

  • Curry leaves - few

  • Cilantro - to garnish

  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

  • Cumin - 1 tsp
How to make it:

In a pan, add the tamarind pulp, water, tomatoes, rasam powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder and green chilly and cook until tomatoes are soft. Mash well with a potato masher. Add coarsely ground black pepper and salt. Add the toor dal water and bring it to a boil. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters add cumin and pour this over rasam. Garnish with cilantro and curry leaves.

Paal Payasam

  • Whole milk - 6 cups

  • Basmati rice - 1/2 cup

  • Sugar - 3/4 cup

  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp

  • Raisins - few

  • Cashews - few

  • Almonds - few

  • MTR badam mix - 2 tbsp

  • Ghee - 1 tbsp

  • Saffron - a pinch
How to make it:

Bring milk to a boil, add the rice and cook until rice is half done. Add the cardamom powder and sugar and cook until rice becomes soft. Add MTR badam mix and mix well. Add raisins, cashews and almonds fried in ghee. Garnish with saffron.

And my Medhu vada recipe here !

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44 Responses
  1. Asha Says:

    Fabulous looking thali. Very colorful and tasty selections! :)

  2. wonderful feast Anu, all these in a day, that needs so much will and courage !
    i like all of them , paal paayaassam and medhu vada are my favorite ones :)

    Yen Iniya Thamizh Puthaandu vazhthukkal to you and to all at home !

  3. Prathibha Says:

    Lovely feast for the eyes!!
    loved your medu wada...

  4. Mouthwatering Anu, reminds me of Tamil New yr in India... I can take my eyes off the pictures... Thats a great feast, Iniya Tamil puthandu nalvalzhthukal

  5. happy new year..yummy treat

  6. Feast looks wonderful. Great collection of dishes..

  7. Lovely virundhu Anu, everything looks so delicious and inviting! Naan virundhuku varalama :)

  8. Priya Says:

    Thats a fabulous platter Anu...everything looks amazing:)INiya thamizh puthaandu vaazthuthukal!!

  9. Cynthia Says:

    I hope that your New Year is filled with many blessings!

  10. Ashwini Says:

    Yummolicious thali..Looks so colorful and tempting. Happy New Year to you and your family..

  11. Vishali Says:

    wow enjoyed all the dishes Anu....they look lovely. Wishing you and ur loved ones a very Happy New Year!

  12. Srilakshmi Says:

    You've cooked up a Great Feast for New Years! Very tempting :-)

  13. Priya Sriram Says:

    Oh I wish I had that treat for my stomach instead of eyes :((
    Looks completely inviting... Miss such Virundhus back from home... Awesome job Anu! :)

  14. Divya Vikram Says:

    Very beautiful spread with authentic recipes..

  15. Pooja Says:

    Wonderful thali anu..looking fabulous..colorful and yummy post..

  16. woww.. yummy dishes. great! i didn't make any thing elaborate.i was tired after cooking 2-3 dishes itself. haha.

  17. That looks fab too posted the Sadya post..hope u had a gala time having all that..:)

  18. Amazing Thali... When did you make that ? Amazing ! Happy New Year to you...
    We celebrated Oriya New Year too..

  19. Uma Says:

    that's a mouth-watering thali. All the dishes look so yummy. Happy New Year!

  20. Cham Says:

    I am coming to ur virundhu Anu! U really made a great feast. Happy New year!

  21. Belated happy new year. Thank you for dropping by at my blog. Delicious feast making me hungry already and have just started my day:)

  22. Varunavi Says:

    Pls visit my blog,i have got something for u

  23. Laavanya Says:

    What an amazing Virundhu Anu... Tamil puthandu vaazhtukkal :) It's been ages since i cooked a traditional feast - yours is so tempting and reminds me so much of home.

  24. Ann Says:

    ANu,thanks for dropping at my place and giving an opportuntiy to find you..
    Thats a great thali...a real feast..ho,missed you ..not anymore.

  25. Anu Says:

    Belated new year wishes Anu. Wow wonderful spread :) Made me drool :D

  26. Pavithra Says:

    Platter is making me so hungry...

  27. Dhanya Says:

    Thali looks wonderful and mouth watering :)

  28. Madhumathi Says:

    This is a perfect 'Virundhu'..Im hungry now :)

  29. Premyscakes Says:

    Fabulous!!! I feel like cooking full meal like this . since long time i did not bother to do it.

  30. Sia Says:

    Fantastic thali! that's it!!! i am running to have my lunch!

  31. Malar Gandhi Says:

    Oh my god...Anu, ippad oru virudhu vechittu...ennai koopidama vidalaama? he he just kidding yaar. Tamizhar Trational meals makes me nostalgic.

  32. Priya Sriram Says:

    Hi Anu, I have shared an award with you in my blog.. Pls accept it :)

  33. meeso Says:

    Happy New Year to you... and I have bookmarked this post, it looks mouthwatering and divine!

  34. Vrinda Says:

    My first visit here..perfect feast..

  35. A_and_N Says:

    Superb feast Anu! Pramaadham :)

    The 'maggi' vadaam in the plate was what brought back so many childhood memories...virundhu sooper a irukku :)

  36. TBC Says:

    Everything looks so good!
    Lovely spread. :)

  37. Jaishree Says:

    Lovely spread.. wonderful feast for vishu...Looks delicious anu:)

  38. miss v Says:

    what a feast! soooo beautiful - i wish it were on my dining room table right now. :)

  39. EC Says:

    Thats a complete spread...great

  40. vidhas Says:

    virundha looks delicious. I love all those varities. I also made pachadi, vadai , payasam and asusual cooking. looks inviting.

  41. VIDYA VENKY Says:

    what a virundhu....wowww

  42. Lovely post and lovely pics. We too made these items at home for the new year. But not yet posted it.
    BTW, your blog template is too good.

  43. lata raja Says:

    Hello,I'm Lata,new to blogworld.Laavanya of cookery corner introduced me to foodblogging.As we have just moved in to Ghana and awaiting personal effects,I'm passive blogging.would like to follow your blog.i hope i'mwelcome to.Lata Btw,belated tamizh putthaandu vaazhththukkal to you.wish your first event a sucess.I would contribute if by then I get my resources home:)

  44. Pushpa Says:

    Looks fabulous and mouthwatering.....Thankyou for the recipe.