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Kerala Sadya Recipes - Onam and Vishu

Kerala Sadya Recipes - Onam and Vishu

Onam is a harvest festival. It also celebrates the rule of King Mahabali. It is believed that King Mahabali visits every year to see the welfare of his people. It is believed that when King Mahabali ruled the country, people were equal and were very happy. It comes in the Malayalam month, ‘Chingam’. Most probably it falls in the month of August / Sepetmber. It brings us lot of memories. For every Malayalee, Onam brings some good memories. People celebrate it for 4 days. Each day has its own significance. Traditional Onam celebration goes for ten days. Thiruvonam, the prime day of the celebration falls on the tenth day.

Onam is a time to celebrate with your family and friends. Malayalees scattered all over the world, come together during this time to celebrate it with their relatives and friends. They plan ahead for this get together. Mostly this celebration includes Onakodi (exchange of new dresses), Vallam Kali (snake boat race), Puli kali (puli means leopard and kali means play. So puli kali is an art played by trained people to entertain) PookKalam (flowers arrangement in the beautiful designs) and not the least, Ona Sadya. These are the things which come to my mind at present. If I am missing anything here, please fill in and read..  

The most important attraction of this festival is it’s ‘Ona Sadya’, the grand feast served on the Thiruvonam day. It is believed that this sadya is arranged to welcome King Mahabali on his yearly visit. In Kerala a popular saying is associated with this Onam. It goes like this, ‘Kanam vittum sadya unnanam’. The meaning is, you should indulge in sadya / feast, even if you have to sell your property. So, that is the importance of Ona sadya in the lives of Malayalees. On that day men and women together do all chores like cutting vegetables, making all those side dishes of rice along with the concerned payasams / desserts. It includes 20 to 25 different varieties of dishes and the method of cooking these dishes also varies in different parts of Kerala.

How to serve Onam dishes / Sadya vibhavangal on a Banana Leaf / Vazhayila:

There is an order and arrangement in serving Onam Sadya Dishes. We use Banana leaf and the tip of this leaf should be pointing towards the left. Pappadam, Upperi / Banana Chips, Sharkkara Varatti / quartered banana chips, Banana and Salt are the first side dishes served on the banana leaf. We serve these on the left side of the leaf. Next to these we arrange Pickles, then Stir Fries / Thoran, Thottu Curries like, Vellarikka Pachadi, Olan Recipe, Kalan Recipe for Kerala Sadya, AvialKootu Curry, Kerala Mambazha Puliserry, Erusherry, etc. Then comes the turn of rice on the centre of the leaf. After serving Rice, we would start to have rice with Parippu curry and Ghee followed by Sambar, Tamarind Rasam, Pachamoru or Sambharam or pulisherry. Finally this Onam Sadya ends with serving different varieties of Payasams like Kadalaparippu PradhamanPalada Payasam, Semiya Payasam, Ada Pradhaman etc.

So, now let us have a beautiful tummy satisfying Onam Sadya.. 

Happy Onam and Vishu to you all..


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  • Remya (2017-04-08 03:55:59)
    You have a wonderful collection of sadya menu. Thanks for these recipes.
    Seena Koshy (2017-04-08 16:59:35)
    Thank you so much Remya.. You are welcome..
  • Janess (2017-01-03 23:59:16)
    I am forever indebted to you for these recipes Seena.
    Seena Koshy (2017-01-22 00:04:32)
    Thanks a lot Janess. God bless you.

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