Sri Lankan New Year | Avurudu | Puthandu
Wednesday, April 14 2021 | 4 PM to 8 PM
UPDATE: Thank you for making New Year our busiest day since opening! We have some leftover hath maluwa (seven vegetable curry), so we're giving it away FREE with any entree purchase on Thursday, April 15. We also have a handful of the sweets boxes still available for purchase.
The new year is celebrated by both Buddhist (Sinhalese) and Hindu (Tamil) people in Sri Lanka. It falls on the end of the harvest season and marks the day when the sun is directly above the island. Historically, new year traditions intertwine Buddhist and Hindu practices, though Christians and Muslims now join in the celebrations as well. Celebrations include firecrackers, housecleaning, feasting, and trading sweets with neighbors. Most new year foods are already vegan, so we're happy to be able to share a rather traditional new year feast with you!
>> HOW TO ORDER: Select a pickup or delivery time between 4 PM and 8 PM on April 14 and choose from the NEW YEAR section of our menu. -OR- call us during regular business hours to pay over the phone: 503-233-4675. Our regular menu will be available as well.
NOTE: We have a LOT of folks ordering for 4 PM pick-up, so there might be a line then. We'd recommend selecting a later pickup time if possible.
New Year Dinner ($17) includes:
Kiribath - "Milk rice" is rice cooked in coconut milk until it reaches a thick consistency, which is then cooled and sliced into diamond-shaped pieces
Hath Maluwa - A traditional Sinhalese mixed vegetable curry featuring cashews, longbeans, potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, Thai eggplant, and green peas
Kadala Parippu - Curry made from toor dahl (split pigeon peas) cooked with spices and a bit of coconut milk
Acharu - Traditional Sinhalese pickle made from coconut vinegar with green papaya, carrots, pearl onions, and spices
Gotukola Sambol - Grated coconut salad with diced pennywort, tomatoes, onions, and lime juice
Lunumiris - Spicy relish made from diced onions, red chilies, and lime juice
The dinner is gluten-free and soy-free. Contains cashews.
New Year Sweets Box ($12) includes:
Mung Kavum (1) - a fried dessert made with a combination of mung, rice, and rice flour and sweetened with treacle and sugar
Walithalapa (1) - a sticky "sweetmeat" made from grated coconut, rice, and kithul jaggery
Kokis (2) - delicately-fried kokis made with rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric. no added sweeteners, but traditionally included with dessert.
Urunda (1) - balls of jaggery-sweetened pittu (steamed coconut and rice) coated in a coconut batter and fried
The dessert box is gluten-, soy- and nut-free.
Sakkarai Pongal ($8) - Tamil-style rice, mung dahl, and coconut pudding made with raisins, cardamom, and cashews. Gluten-free and soy-free.
In the spirit of the holiday, we will be donating 50% of all tips we receive on 4/14 to the Oregon Buddhist Vihara (a hub for the local Sinhalese community) and the other 50% to PEARL (People for Equality and Relief in Lanka), a US-based nonprofit that advocates for justice and self-determination for Tamil people in Sri Lanka.