Vishu – the colorful festival of Kerala

Vishu is celebrated in Kerala as the astronomical Hindu new year. Falling in the middle of April, Vishu brings with it the gloriously yellow kanni (Indian laburnum) flowers, celebrations and delicious food of the Malayali community. The Sadya or festive meal prepared for Vishu is a colourful and scrumptious array of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items that are unique to Kerala. The word “kanni” means “that which is seen first” and so this joyful day begins by viewing a tray of auspicious items as the first sight in the morning. Known as the Vishukanni, these items include rice, golden cucumber, coconut, jackfruit, money, lit lamps, a metal mirror, paan leaves and, of course, the golden Kanni flowers that bloom radiantly by mid-April.

Vishu is particularly exciting for children as we follow a popular tradition of elders gifting money to children. And now for the most exciting part of any festival – the food! The festive menu prepared on this day combines sweet, salty, sour, bitter and astringent tastes to remind us that life will bring all types of experiences and we must accept them and learn from them.

Chef Aparna of Mealtango is well known for her expertise in South Indian cuisine, and you can get the most delicious and memorable dishes of Kerala from her kitchen. Aparna’s Kitchen is where you will find a huge range of South Indian items for Vishu. So make sure you place your orders by April 14th for the festival of Vishu on April 15th.

At Mealtango, you can find a number of authentic dishes from all parts of the world and we have created a mind-boggling Vishu menu that will take you to food heaven!

The Vishu ‘Sadya’ at Aparna’s Kitchen comprises of the following items:

  • Kerala steamed rice
  • Sambhar
  • Avial
  • Thoran
  • Pachadi
  • Erizhery
  • Injithayir
  • Moru Curry
  • Pickle
  • Rasam
  • Banana chips
  • Jaggery chips
  • Pappad
  • Payasam

This sadhya is a colourful spread that is served on a banana leaf in a traditional fashion and will delight you with the exotic blend of spices and varied tastes. Avial is a delicious mélange of vegetables that is loved by all with the aroma of coconut and mild spices. Thoran and Pachadi are other vegetable preparations unique to Kerala. Moru curry will entice your taste buds with its tangy flavor of curd and so will the appetizing rasam that is loved by all. All the items on this menu have their own significance. Banana chips, sweet jaggery chips and papad add to the joy of the meal. Payasam is the dessert item on the Vishu menu…be sure to try it.

‘Vishu’ means ‘equal’ in Sanskrit and is a festival for one and all. In fact, this festival is celebrated all over India with different names. Vishu festival is the most awaited festival in Kerala as it marks new beginnings and symbolizes prosperity. Prayers are offered to Lord Vishnu and the festivities continue for the whole day.  Aparna’s Kitchen is the best way to partake of the goodies prepared on this joyful day of Vishu that falls on April 15th.

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