A Collection of Onam Sadya Recipes

This year Onam will be celebrated from September 6, 2017. Celebrated in Kerala as a 10-day festival of which the last 4 days are the most important. For me one of the most wonderful sights during Onam is the Pookalam or an elaborate rangoli made with flowers. One of the main tourist attractions in this season is the snake boat race, called Vallamkali, the most famous of which is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race held near Alappuzha (Alleppey).

As with all Indian festivals, Onam is celebrated with a traditional meal called Onam Sadya or Onasadya. Here are a few Onam Sadya recipes that you could try:

  • Curries and Stews
    • Mambhazha Puliserry – A buttermilk based stew with ripe mangoes. This dish can also be made with a whole lot of different vegetables such as red pumpkin and ash gourd.
    • Olan – A coconut milk based stew with pumpkin, as gourd, and cow peas.
    • Kalan – Yet another buttermilk based stew; this time with raw banana and yam.
    • Avial – A mixed vegetable stew cooked with a coconut-cumin-green chilli paste and yoghurt.
    • Beans and Carrot Thoran – Add some carrot to the beans thoran for a splash of colour and a touch of sweetness.
    • Cabbage Thoran – The perennial favourite among thorans.
    • Theeyal – You can make this with an assortment of vegetables such as bitter gourd, okra, and shallots.
  • Chutneys and Pachadis
  • Payasam/Kheer/Dessert