Frankly speaking, before September 13th, I had no idea what an Onam Sadhya was excepting that it was a part of Kerala’s traditions and was a vegetarian meal. Pushed by a friend I took the plunge and it became one of the most memorable meals I have had so far. Decode Onam Sadhya with a video of Chef Piyush Menon explaining the dishes and if you are not feeling lazy, read the texts to know about my Sadhya experience. Click the Link in bio. #goodfoodmemories#onamsadhya#thecoastalmacha#onam#onam2019#keralatourism 🌴
Onam Sadya : "Sadya" means banquet in Malayalam and it's a banquet prepared on the 10th day of the Onam festival that falls somewhere between August & September (Malayam month Chingam).
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"Onam Sadya" is served on Banana leaf with 20-25 dish varieties (sometimes even more). It comprises of the main course "Kerala's signature rice(Matta or red rice)"with accompaniment(kootan) like Sambar, puliserry, thoran, pachadi, avial, buttermilk, kootukari, Erisseri etc., There's a brilliant flavour of coconut oil and coconut in almost all of the dishes.
To add on to the palate, there's Salt, pickle, papadam, plantain chips, sweet variation of plantain, banana that's served initially on the Banana leaf.
Finally, coming to the dessert, there are varieties of payasam & prathaman served at the end. These deserts are made from flakes of cooked rice, jack fruit, green gram, broken wheat, cooked plantain as main ingredient. Other ingredients are coconut milk/cow's milk and Jaggery/Sugar with some ghee and cardamom.
All these dishes are placed in specific order on the Banana leaf as in most South Indian traditional celebration
Onam as such marks the rich cultural heritage of Kerala and is celebrated across the state breaking the boundaries of religion.
The entire state of Kerala comes to life with men, women and children dressed in traditional wear, houses adorned with flowers and lamps. Events like boat races(Vallam Kali), worship(onathappan), Flower Rangoli(pookalam), Mask Dance(kummatikalli), Martial arts(Onathalla) and much more takes place during this time of the year.
Was a sketch comedy tape that used to come out right before Onam hit every year back when cassettes were a thing. Ripe with some kind of social satire/silly 90s comedy where Maveli, once played by Innocent, would come around and see the state of his kingdom and his people. It used to play all through Onam in my school van, and it's one of my favorite memories of Onam. I actually did Mahabali cosplay(read fancy-dress) when I was a kid with my late friend, Sonu. We used to enact really dumb Malayalam sketches from these tapes, sketches that were Ayyappa Byju(a very mallu reference) level stupid. Infact, I think Ayyappa Byju is in the more recent ones. .
I wanted to post this on the day of Thiruvonam, but a lot of things got in the way.
Happy belated Onam to all my Malayali followers!! .
So on the day of Onam I couldn't have the Onam sadhya and was so disappointed..but last Friday my friend called to ask if I wanted to have it at @foodlands_restaurant and I was like yaaas😍!!! No way was gonna miss it this time!☝️ .
Onam is a festival celebrated by kerelites in South India and on that day they serve food on a banana leaf. The food is purely vegetarian.
Usually the Onam sadhya consists of rice and sambar, papadam, rasam, a few sides, banana chips, buttermilk and payasam and banana for dessert.
Sambar- it's a south Indian lentil stew made with veggies which you can have with rice, idlis, dosas and many other dishes. We were served sambar with authentic kerela Matta rice and I was told to mix all the sides with the sambar rice and have... and OMG it was amazing😍😍.. The sambar was soooo delicious! I asked them to give me more and as usual ended up over eating 🙂🙂. .
For some crunch , crush the papadam(thin & crisp shaped thingy made from peeled black gram flour) and have with the rice.
For desert there were these 2 kinds of Payasams and a banana.. Payasam is a sweet dish made of milk, sugar, jaggery and other Indian savouries.
I was about to have the payasam straight from the glass but then was told to mix the two Payasams together on the banana leaf and have it with mashed banana ...and it tasted really good.
Man I was so happy and satisfied to finally have the Onam sadhya after 15 years😭!! Brought back childhood memories when we used to go to the mess to have it with friends. It was a really delicious meal and it's a must try!
Theres good news for y'all though!! If any of y'all missed out on this meal...@foodlands_restaurant serves mini sadyas every saturday, both veg(2ro) and non veg (2.5ro)..from 11am to 2 30 pm for lunch!! Do try it out and if possible take a south Indian friend with you so they can show you the correct way to have the meal 😁. It's a fun experience!