Onam Sadhya, which in Malayalam means 'banquet' is a sensational multi-course vegetarian meal that features over 24 dishes on a banana leaf. Onam Sadhya is enjoyed without any cutlery and is usually eaten while sitting on the floor.
The usual items in an Onam Sadhya include: Kaaya varuthatha (banana chips), chena varuthatha (yam chips), sarkara upperi (Jaggery coated banana chips), mango pickle, lime pickle, puli inji (tamarind & ginger chutney), kichadi (Gourd in mildly spiced yoghurt), pachadi (Pineapple in yoghurt) , olan ( ash gourd with black beans in a coconut milk gravy), stir-fried vegetables with grated coconut, theeyal (mixed vegetable gravy), erissery (mashed beans and pumpkin with coconut gravy), avial, puliserry (yogurt based curry), kootu curry (black chickpeas curry), sambar, rasam, spicy buttermilk, bananas, papad and of course boiled rice.
Now, how can you get your very own Onam Sadhya? We dug into our treasure trove and found 10 easy-peasy recipes you can whip up at home to give your family their very own customized Onam Sadhya.
This is a gorgeous and mildly-spiced mix of grated coconut mixed with pumpkin, garlic and green chillis. It's tempered with a beautiful blend of mustard seeds, chillis and crisp curry leaves.
A simple and popular side dish made with ash gourd, pappaya or cucumber and a yogurt based gravy.
Give the usual every-day rice a coconut-y spin with some tasty coconut rice.
A light and smashing blend of coconut, curd and pineapple combined with fiery chillies and spices.
A delicious dish that uses potato, carrots, raw banana, drumstick, beans and a small piece of raw mango. It's served on a bed of Kerala rice that you'd want to dig into right away!
Onam Sadhya isn't complete without a smashing dessert and payasam gives you just that. A typical Onam Sadhya has four different kinds of payasam but why don't we start with just one brilliant one.
With lots of pepper and tomatoes, rasam with its thin consistency is a real hit with any South-Indian meal. Try it out and you'll know why.
A curry packed with black chana and smooth gravy, this one is a real winner!
An easy breezy curry prepared using buttermilk, mustard seeds, coconut and raw bananas.
A Kerala delicacy made with shallots or tiny onions cooked in a roasted coconut gravy.