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I prepared this thaali for Tamil New Years Day and I haven’t had a chance to post it. Don’t get this wrong, I haven’t taken up thaali theme for this week’s marathon. I just conveniently chose to post this thaali as part of the combination theme. I don’t cook elaborate dishes but sometimes when we include simple yet different items in the menu it becomes a feast.

One of H’s friend presented us with a banana plant and we were totally elated having the plant in our backyard. One of the many things that I totally miss in US is not having to eat in banana leaf. For this feast I did pluck the only mature leaf from the plant and served the dishes in small cups. Such simple things does give me immense happiness. The colorful spectrum of different curries and gravies adorn the thaali appetizing even a person with no appetite.

The main highlight of the Tamil New Year’s feast is the pachadi. This pachadi is supposed to have different tastes such as salt, sugar, spice(hotness from either green or red chillies), bitter, and sour. The pachadi is cooked with more sweetness than any other taste to indicate the wishes and prayers of having sweeter year ahead and a lesser mix of other phases of life. This pachadi can be prepared with mango or tomato giving the sourness, tempered with mustard seeds and green/red chillies giving the hotness, jaggery for sweetness, salt, and garnished with fried plantain flower for bitterness.

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From left —Home made lime pickle, Rava Kesari, Beans-Coconut Curry, Mixed Vegetables Avial, Green Bell Pepper Sambar, Tomato Rasam, Curd, White rice, Cooked dal with ghee on top.

In the center — Urad dal Vada, Tomato Pachadi.

Tomato Pachadi:


Tomatos (ripe ones) — 3 medium (finely chopped)

Mustard seeds — 1 tsp

Red chillies — 2 (crushed)

Jaggery (molasses) — 2 Tbsp (powdered)

Salt — to taste

Plantain flower — 1 tsp (fried in 1 tsp of ghee/oil)



1. In a small saucepan heat a tsp of oil and fry plantain flower. Keep aside. In the same kadai, heat 1 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add red chillies and finely chopped tomatoes, and salt. Let the tomatoes cook till they are mushy.

2. Add jaggery and combine well. Let the pachadi thicken. Add fried plantain flower and remove from flame. Serve with your choice of rice/roti. Enjoy!!!

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  21 Responses to “South Indian Thaali featuring Tomato Pachadi”

  1. Samma super sappada.. loved the spread.. i feel like its been ages since ei had such an elaborate meal.. april seems ages ago :D.. i miss ellai saapad too.. pachidi is nice.. addition of vellum is so new to me..super jayanthi 🙂 kalakithe!

  2. Im getting hungry even after my lunch seeing your Thali.. awesome presentation

  3. I really wish you had taken up that theme Jayanthi, what a feast!..lovely spread and each one of them is eye catchy!

  4. Lovely Spread!!!! Love that bowl of avial, i m such a big fan of avial!!!!!

  5. wow..such a lovely thali….mouthwatering!!lov d presentation..frst time to ur blog..glad to be ur follower!

  6. Wonderful spread, super delicious dishs makes me hungry..

  7. platter looks gorgeous

  8. The tomato pachadi looks delicious…..I mean, the whole spread does,but somehow my eyes keep going back to that pachadi. Why is fried vazhapoo added to it? Is it to add a slightly bitter taste?

  9. Rasi, Kamalika, Srivalli, Priya Srinivasan, Priya, Mireille: You made my day!!! Thanks for your wonderful words.
    Jayashree: Thank you. Yes, Vazhapoo is added to give a slight bitter taste.

  10. wonderful spread,looks awesome…nice clicks.The pachadi looks tempting…

  11. wow…super virunthu! lovely spread Jayanthi…great effort n each recipe looks so yummy n tempting…tomato pachadi sounds very delicious..will try it soon n let u know…attractive pics! great work!!
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  12. Delicious spread.. Everything on that plate looks awesome.

  13. Awesome Dear!!Remembering our Wedding lunch in same Vazha Ilai,You covered everything here :)Missing IIlai here.. !! I use to tell my lil one about IIai and all,Today will show him :)Wonderful Clicks!!
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  14. what a delicious looking thali….seems so fulfilling, tomato pachadi is nice

  15. all yummy dishes!>..platter looks tempting! Yummy and delicious pachadi too!

  16. all yummy dishes!..platter looks tempting! Yummy and delicious tomato pachadi too!

  17. My, what a platter! So colorful and drool-worthy!

  18. wow.. what a spread

  19. lovely spread!

  20. wonderful..this is a beautiful the dishes and colors..all textures…absolutely fantastic..mind blowing job!!…the chutney sounds great.

  21. Pl. send email as soon u post a new receipe.

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