Onam Sadhya Recipes
Onam Sadhya Recipes | with step by step photos & description.
India is a land of sacred shrines, holy rivers, and imposing festivals. Among the festivals of Kerala, Onam is the most popular festival. Onam is the official state festival of Kerala since 1960. Onam celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state regardless of religion, caste, or creed. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.
Onam is celebrated for 10 days during the Malayalam month of Chingam which fills the heart of people with gaiety, and brings them together to be a part of this vibrant and cultural festival. The festivities of Onam reflects the traditions and culture of Kerala in the most unique way. The grand festivities and gaof this ancient festival eliminates all the religious disparities and propagates harmony in the society.
During this period, people in Kerala commemorate the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. Apart from fresh flower decorations and power-packed boat races, the highlight of the festival is an elaborate meal called the Onam Sadhya. Onam Sadhya, which in Malayalam means ‘banquet’, a sensational multi-course vegetarian meal that features over 24 dishes on a banana leaf. Onam Sadhya is enjoyed without any cutlery and 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 yogurt), 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.
Here I share with you some of the Onam Sadhya Recipes. Hope you would like them. Wishing you all a prosperous & joyfull Onam.