Onam Sadya Recipes!
Pookkalavum, pooviliyum, onakkodiyum, onasadhyayumayi oru onam koodi. Ellavarkum Ente Hridayam Niranja Onam Aasamsakal! May this year brings each one of you lots and lots of happiness in life and fulfill all your dreams. Happy Onam!
Onam, the state festival of Kerala in India, is celebrated with great fanfare by the Malayalees all over the world. Onam is an occasion for Keralities to celebrate plenitude and togetherness. This festival falls in the month of August to September according to the Gregorian calendar.
The celebrations of Onam go ten-day long-span. All the activities during this season are centered around elaborate rituals, music, dances, sports, boat races and of course scrumptious foods. This celebrations has two most important significances in context of the Malayalee culture. First of all, its celebrated as the harvest festival of the state. The second and the most popularly quoted legend with the festival is related to the mythological king Mahabali. There are many stories associated with the celebration of this festival.
The celebrations of Onam start on Atham day, 10 days before Thiruvonam.Thiruvonam, the tenth day, is the most auspicious. On this day earthen mounds, which look somewhat like square pyramids, representing Mahabali and Vamana are placed and children prepare floral decoration called Onapookkalam (also known as floral carpet) in front of their houses to welcome Onathappan /King Mahabali, as he visits Kerala every year on Onam, to enquire about their well-being.
The other most important things about Onam are the onakkodi, the new clothes worn on this day and lavish ‘Onam sadya’, the tradition that is followed by people, irrespective of their cast and religion. All members of the family gather together, usually at the ancestral home for Onasadya – the traditional lunch served on plantain leaves. There is an old saying in Malayalam ‘Kanam Vittu Onam Unnanam’, which literally means that go to the extend of selling their possessions to eat Onasadya /Traditional Kerala Feast.
How to make and serve Onam Sadya Recipes :
Sadya serving begins from the bottom left half of the leaf. In some areas a pinch of salt is kept on the leaf but some people avoid it.
On the bottom left half of the leaf a small banana is placed, next pappadam
Then sarkara varatti /jaggery coated banana chips and upperi/banana chips
Next from the top left half of the banana leaf
Thoran /Mezhupuratti (vegetable stir fry with coconut) (I have posted many different kinds of thoran but usually we prepare and serve these thorans for sadya.)
Next Pachadi’s and Khichadi’s
Next comes Different kinds of Side Dishes
Now banana leaf is filled with all the side dishes and most people will have dipped their fingers in some of the delicacies to have a taste.
The rice is served at the bottom center of the banana leaf.
Then parippu curry is served along with ghee
Next Sambhar is served (Some part Theeyal is also served)
Next Kalan, Kurukku Kalan, Puliserry, Moru Curry
Next served is Rasam
Then comes the most anticipated part the Desserts /Payasam’s.
Normally 2-3 varieties of payasam from the below list will be served to make sadhya delicious.
oops! tried Is’t? The traditional sadya is not over yet….
Then Sambaram /Curd /Buttermik is served at the end to complete the meal and to help digestion.
Most people stop with the dessert…This is the way we serve in our place(Central Kerala). The ways of serving differs from region to region.
Once again Wish you all very Happy & Prosperous, Blessed Onam! Enjoy traditional virtual Onam sadya /Kerala Feast. Hope you all like my Onam sadya recipes :- ) Do try and don’t forget let me know your opinion.Would love to hear it.
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