Monday, August 23, 2010

Chakka Pradhaman - Onam Special

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WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY ONAM :)

I am not a Malayali, my origin is not Kerala, I am not sure if Mahabali comes to Chennai!!!

But I am a true Indian who loves all the tradition in our county and would also love to celebrate every single reason I get. :)

Every state in India has its special festivity and fantastic histories behind it. Festivals bind us together and brings happiness around. :) Do I need any better reason?

So I am all set to celebrate Onam, the festival of Kerala. :)

Onam falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is Chingam (August–September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala's culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival. :)

Chakka pradhaman was the delicacy that I choose to make since I am a big time Jack fruit fan and the richness with coconut milk makes me totally drool for it :)

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Ingredients:

Ripe jack fruit - 12
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Ghee - 2 tbl sp
Cashews
Coconut pieces
Salt - a pinch

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Method:

Chop the jack fruit and puree it into a fine paste.

In a pan take a tsp of ghee and pour in the jack fruit paste along with just a little water if the puree is too thick. Allow this to cook on medium flame for around ten minutes.

In a vessel, boil the jaggery along with 1/4 cup of water till it melts. Once done filter it to remove impurities.

Transfer the jaggery syrup to the cooked jack fruit pulp and let it all boil on medium flame for ten minutes. Now simmer the stove and add the coconut milk to it and whisk well to blend everything and switch off the flame. Do not let it boil after the coconut milk is added, it will start separating.

Take the pradhaman off the fire and add the cardamom powder. Fry cashews in ghee until golden brown and also fry the coconut pieces separately and add them all to the pradhaman as well.

Chakka pradhaman is ready to eat. :)

Serve it warm. :)

Enjoy making. Celebrate the day with this yummy delicacy. :)

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Aishwaryavum, Samriddiyum Niranja nalla nalukal ennum undavatte oppam manassil snehathinte oru onam. HAPPY ONAM TO ALL! :)


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Nithya
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36 comments:

SE said...

Happu Onam to you too !! awesome pictures !

Shanthi said...

Love the bowl and the chakka pradhaman

Swathi said...

Happy Onam to you. You don't need to Malayali to celebrate onam. Mahabali comes to chennai also if you welcome with full heart. He is nice guy according what i heard from my grandma. Chakka pradhaman looks wonderful. I love the clicks.

sanjeeta kk said...

Very traditional and authentic recipe for this special day. Best wishes.

Anuradha said...

Absolutely amazing pictures and its sooo traditional and fantastic! Super super!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Absolutely stunning pictures! Great photography and love your attitude towards celebrating the festives of INDIA :)

Priya said...

Looks delicious!! Nithya can u send some overseas??? :D

jeyashrisuresh said...

when it is for chakka pradaman no need it is be onam, i love to have it any time. Clicks are awesome as usual and pradaman recipe with coconut milk looks very rich

Deepti said...

Happy Onam dear, gr8 recipe n nice click.

Divya Kudua said...

Happy Onam to you too!!

An Open Book said...

those pics are all just lovely

Priti said...

Lovely post Nithi with great pics...and it looks so drool worthy...

Krishnaveni said...

lovely way to wish Onam, beautiful

Prathibha said...

Good one Nithya....
Nice way to celebrate all festivals...
Lovely pradhanam.....the color looks just perfect

Suja Sugathan said...

Happy Onam..looks so divine,love the way you presented.

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

happy onam!! nice pics..

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! lovely presentation Dear..

Susan and Abraham said...

Happu Onam to you too !! awesome pictures !

kothiyavunu.com said...

Happy Onam Nithya!!Oh that brings back all nostalgic memories...chakka pradhaman looks great. Its been a long time since I had this.Very tasty!!

Panchpakwan said...

Happy Onam dear.. Jakfruit sweet kheer looks so delicious..Book marked it dear.

Kairali sisters said...

Truely divine Nithya. I am sure Mahabali got his share from your place for sure :-D

prasanna venkatesh said...

Mr. Mahabali would come just to eat your pradaman !! :-) esp after seeing those clicks, may be he is going to just dwell in chennai and wait for more such food :-)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Happy onam to u too....Prathaman looks so yumm!

Priya said...

happy Onam...pradhaman luks tempting and i am sure mahabali luved it

Sanctified Spaces said...

Simply awesome pictures and recipe.Im inviting myself over to ur place for some of this..

Padhu said...

Nice to celebrate all festivals. This is one of my favorite payasam .
Belated Onam wishes

GEETHA ACHAL said...

சூப்பர்ப் குறிப்பு...Happy onam...

Leena said...

lovely payasam and awesome pics as usually..

nivedita said...

Hi Nithya
Lovely writing. Yes, we are INDIANS first.
And this sweet is new to me.
Thanks for sharing.

lissie said...

chkka pradhaman looks awesome! loved the last picture very much...!

viji said...

ullam kollaikoluthe un samayalaiveda photo present cheitha alagu.
viji

Pavithra said...

Wonderful pradhaman with beautiful pictures nithi.... I love this too unfortunately no jackfruit and good mangoes here :(

Srivalli said...

I am going to strangle you for making me drool like this!!!..:))..beautiful pictures Nithi, really so pretty..love those jackfruit..not sure where you got such perfect ones..hehhe

DEESHA said...

these pics are very creative .. awesome job, Nithya

karthika said...

Hi! Nithya this is Karthika Advocate (Jaya TV Kannadi). Your Website creativity is awesome. I really wanted to taste the Malpua. Your photographs are realistic as I liked to pick up the dough made Krishna. Nice to meet you. Keep in touch.

cooking-with-thas said...

Congratulations for making it to the 30 best recipes of 2010. Onam sadya won't be complete without this pradhaman. It's been so many years since I had this, if I happen to get hold of frozen jack fruit I'll try this.

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