Friday, September 01, 2006

Thriketa-Sixth day of Onam

Thriketa - Day Six

ThriketaTriketta or Thriketa is the sixth day of the carnival of Onam. A feeling of joy and jubilation can be felt amongst the people of Kerala at this time. Cultural programmes and social gatherings are organised by various cultural societies all over the state. People of all religions caste and creed participate in these events as the festival of Onam has come to be seen as a secular festival. Government of India too celebrates Onam as the National Festival of Kerala.

There are no set rituals marked for the day of Triketta. It marks the time for home coming for people staying away from their families for various reasons; Onam is the time for family get together and nobody likes to be away from family and dear ones. Joys of festivities doubles in the company of family members and close friends. On this happy note, Pookalam gets a more beautiful design and fresh flowers.

Onam recipe-Erissery With Yam


ErisseryIt is made of raw plantains and Yams sliced and boiled in water with salt and chillies or pepper added. The pulp of the coconut is ground with a little cumin seed added to it. When the whole thing is properly boiled, a few mustard seeds along with scraped coconut pulp fried in coconut oil, is added in to it to give it flavour. Erissery is also made with pumpkin and red oriental beans, the recipe is given below.

Erissery With Yam


Yam cut into small pieces 60gms
Big raw banana 1 no
Pepper powder 1tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4tsp
Water 1cup
Salt to taste
Grated coconut 1/2coconut
Cumin seeds a pinch
Ghee 10gm
Coconut oil 1tbs
Mustard seeds 1/4tsp

  1. Split the banana lengthwise into 3 pieces. Do not peel the skin. Cut it into small pieces.
  2. Boil yam and banana with pepper powder, turmeric powder and salt in 1 cup of water. Grind one fourth quantity of grated coconut and cumin seeds together and add to it.
  3. Grind the remaining coconut and saute in a low flame till brown in colour. Keep it aside.
  4. Season mustard seeds in ghee. Add the coconut oil, seasoned mustard seeds and the sauted coconut to the vegetable mixture. Mix well.